As 2012 draws to an end and our thoughts all turn to the Christmas break it is as good a time as ever to reflect on what CWB has been able to achieve since our last newsletter in August.
As you all know we are a small volunteer run charity motivated by a simple desire to use and develop a game we love in a part of the world that is devastated by HIV/AIDS. For us it is about putting as many smiles on the faces of as many children as we can and giving them all simple AIDS awareness messages at the same time.
CWB's role in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS was highlighted across the cricket media in a number of articles published to coincide with World Aid Day on December 1.
Focusing on the experiences of England Women's player and CWB volunteer Holly Colvin, the stories written by Luke Sellers appeared in The Times, ESPN CricInfo, The Cricketer website and a number of other places, shedding light on the seriousness of the epidemic and the difference the charity is making in Africa.
Due to the amazing range of photos from the 2012 projects (such as the one above from North Uganda!), we are asking you to choose the Cricket Without Boundaries entry to the Cricket Photograph of the Year Competition!
Photography is a key part of all trips and many magical, heartbreaking or inspiring moments are captured in photos to be shared across the globe.
One of Cricket Without Boundaries major success stories, the Maasai Cricket Warriors are to be the subject of a fantastic documentary, directed by Barney Douglas (Swanny's diaries) and with the help of executive producer Jimmy Anderson.
The film illustrates the importance of cricket as a vehicle for social cause as the Maasai cricketers have embraced the CWB messages of ABC and made them their own. For example, the bat is their spear in the fight against HIV, using the spear to protect themselves like protecting your wicket with their bat.
'AIDS is not over' – the key points from the UNAIDS 2012 report
The latest in the United Nations' annual reports on the state of AIDS across the globe reveals that the efforts to eradicate the disease are progressing, but simultaneously also shows that in many countries people living with HIV still face stigma, discrimination and injustice. There is still much to be done.
For most people, Cameroon is a country famous for forays on the international football stage and for being the subject of Gerald Durrell's books. More recent books describe a bilingual country with rich fauna and flora, a colonial past involving 3 countries (4 if you count Portugal several hundred years ago) but seemingly more developed than its East African cousins.
A year of partnership planning with the Cameroon Cricket Federation (FECACRICKET) has paid off as we set off for CWB's maiden voyage to Cameroon on 9th November. Country Manager Jo North Clarke guides us through Cameroons vital stats and gives an insight on what the team will be up to.
Touching down in a drizzly and damp Heathrow on Friday morning I could not help but reflect at the end of a mad 3 weeks. I had spent a week in Kigali with the Rwanda project to help with a BBC radio 5 documentary on CWB, I then came back for a 5 day trial in Sheffield (UK) before flying straight back to East Africa for the second week of the Kenya project. Looking back on it I can't believe I was effectively commuting from East Africa to Sheffield. The Kenya airways flight map has become firmly imprinted on both my conscious and semi-conscious as has that long corridor of an airport in Nairobi.
Adapatability is one of the key pillars of our work, and here's an example of why that's the case! Enjoy some controlled chaos in Kenya...
'What do you do when you arrive at a school ready to coach 50 kids and find 400 more sitting outside to watch? You coach them as well!
Having already coached more than 500 children across four different schools we arrived at Nakuru Elite – our last stop of the day – to find 50 kids ready for action and around 450 sitting outside to watch.
Within seconds the decision had been made to involve all 500.
One of the founding trustees of CWB, Ed Williams (on the right of picture!), reflects on a very special time in Rwanda. Enjoy...
'I didn't know what to quite expect joining the Rwanda team halfway through their trip. I had flown out at the last minute in order, along with Lee Booth, to ensure that BBC crew that was going to cover the project had something truly special to film, as well as giving the co-founder and trustee back story to CWB.
As today (11th October) is the International Day of the Girl, the Rwanda team take a look at the impact of cricket and the ABC message on the girls they have coached, in Day 10 of their blog.
'Of the groups we have coached over the past 10 days around the country, we have always coached to a mixture of girls and boys. You only have to look at the profile page of the team members on this CWB trip to know that there are members of the team, whose involvement in cricket back in England seeks to promote women in the game, whether it be on a national or local level, playing or officiating. This is something which the team, as the charity name suggests, is seeking to promote in Rwanda.
As she prepares for the Kenya trip which leaves on Saturday, catch up with Holly's account of her time at the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka...
'It is now three days until the trip to Kenya and only yesterday I arrived back from Sri Lanka. Cricket aside, I feel Sri Lanka was a good warm up for what is to come in Kenya: bottled water, a thick spray of deet and suncream at all times. However, this did not stop me from getting bitten by bed bugs or sunburnt due to non removed massage oil.
CWB volunteer Kristy Shaw has set herself a steep challenge in order to raise funds for her trip to Uganda in Spring 2013. On Saturday 13th October she will cycle 100 miles from Oxford to London with her extremely supportive friends Tim, Vicky, Sarah, Dewayne and Jimmy.
Cricket mad Rob and Lucy Rowe didn’t want to give their guests the usual wedding favours, but did want to make a difference, so they donated what they would have spent on them to CWB… and even managed to squeeze in a quick game of cricket in between the speeches!