Once again this unique volunteer run charity continues to make a real and lasting difference to developing the game of cricket in Africa and using it to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
Over the spring CWB delivered 4 projects in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Botswana. In the process over 4500 children were coached and importantly for sustainability almost 400 new coaches were trained. We are, as always, immensely grateful for the hard work not only from all our volunteers but also from the national cricket associations in each country, without whom none of what we do would be possible.
A team of volunteers have recently returned from Uganda following a successful 17 day trip to 3 centres in the East. The team, made up of members of the Belvoir Cricket Trust led by Paul Rowe and Richard Davies, visited Masaka, Kasese and Fort Portal. The team trained over 500 kids and 60 coaches and made a lasting impression on everyone they came into contact with.
The Uganda Cricket Association (“UCA”) won the ICC Africa Region Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative for its project with CWB in 2011. CWB in conjunction with Uganda Cricket Association ran an AIDS/HIV awareness campaign in six districts in Uganda.
The awareness campaign’s theme was 'Bowling AIDS of Uganda'. Through this programme local communities were empowered through coach training and coaching. All areas visited were supported with basic equipment while t-shirts with the theme of the programme were distributed to participants. The awareness campaign was run by incorporating of coaching drills with messages.
CWB's youngest volunteer, Cameron Foster, has been rewarded for his fantastic fundraising efforts with two major honours. Cameron, who started fundraising for charity after recovering from a horrific ski accident 7 years ago, has been named as the Rotary International of Britain and Ireland Young Citizen of the Year. Cameron will receive his award at a ceremony in Bournemouth on the 14th April which will be shown live on BBC news.
PREVENTION: Encouraging behavioural change
Several schoolchildren playing cricket, some on standby to score some runs with their bats while others are so keen on chasing after yellow balls to catch them mid-air, is quite a sight at the dust-filled Kicukiro Oval grounds in Kigali. The children are some of the over 2,000 children who have been coached in the game, in only two weeks, by volunteers from Cricket Without Boundaries.
Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a UK based charity that focuses on spreading the HIV/AIDS message in Africa, through teaching cricket. They have established over 20 projects in four main countries—Rwanda, Uganda, Botswana and Kenya.
CWB are delighted to announce that close friend and partner Aliya Bauer, of Cricket Kenya, has been honoured with the Volunteer of the Year Award for her dedicated work alongside the Maasai Cricket Warriors in 2011 at the Pepsi ICC Develpoment Programme Annual Awards.
'Cricket Without Boundaries' continue to make an impact in Kenya
Thanks to the support of Cricket Kenya, Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB), a delivery partner of the ICC's THINKWISE programme, has just returned from another highly successful project in Kenya. 8 volunteers from different parts of the UK with various backgrounds and life experiences spent two weeks in Kenya in a bid to build on the work of previous CWB projects. In the process teaching cricket with the HIV/AIDS education messages that so desperately needs to be heard.
CWB launches new partnership with MYSA (Mathare Youth Sports Association), Nairobi, Kenya
On Saturday 11th February, CWB Lead Tutor, Daniel Feist and CWB Kenya Country Manager, Tracey Davies took to Mathare, Nairobi (one of Kenya's many slum area's) to work with MYSA, an organisation that supports the slum communities of Mathare and surrounding areas. MYSA have up to now being largely focused on Football, with CWB's involvement MYSA can now offer Cricket as part of their programme, giving the people of the local community another option of something hugely to engage in. Not only has CWB brought the sport of Cricket to the Mathare, Nairobi area, but also the HIV/AIDS awareness messages through cricket coaching that is inherit in the ethos of CWB.
CWB trained coach spreading the word in Kisumu, Kenya
CWB first met and trained Derick Inyanje in October 2011 in Kisumu, Kenya.
Working closely with Derick closely the team trained and mentored him in cricket coaching and in teaching HIV/AIDS messages. With a bag of CWB donated cricket equipment and his undoubted enthusiasm Derick has taken to his coaching role with gusto.
CWB can proudly announce that they have become a delivery partner for the Think Wise Global Cricket AIDS Partnership.
Think Wise is a campaign between the ICC, UNAIDS and UNICEF to promote HIV prevention. Like CWB, the partnership was established to use the power of cricket to help tackle key issues around AIDS by focusing on increasing information and awareness about HIV as well as addressing the key issues of stigma and discrimination that are associated with AIDS.
CWB return to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Botswana this Spring.
This spring sees the projects kick off again – the main focus for CWB's work – with four great teams heading out to our four 'host countries'. If the training weekend is anything to go by they should be four fantastic, fun filled and worthwhile trips!
As the UK shivers under snow and ice CWB's first Spring project has flown out to a much warmer Kenya. Over two weeks, in partnership with Cricket Kenya, the team will continue their efforts to develop grass roots cricket across the country. This will be our ninth visit to Kenya and will feature more coaching with the now world famous Maasai cricketers.
As part of Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) 10th Anniversary we have joined forces with the fantastic All Out Cricket (AOC) magazine.
The self-proclaimed, ‘World’s Best Cricket Magazine” is helping CWB celebrate its achievements of the last decade in regular features throughout the year.
Cricket Without Boundaries has embarked on a pioneering new project to use cricket to help end FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) in Kenya.
Working alongside local team the Maasai Cricket Warriors (MCW), volunteers from CWB and FGM charity 28 Too Many used the game to promote gender equality in the rural region of Laikipia.
Combining anti-FGM messages with cricket, the group coached 1750 schoolchildren and trained 24 teachers, health workers and doctors as coaches during a week-long visit.