On 1st October nine volunteers from the cricket charity Cricket Without Boundaries (“CWB”) set off on a project to Uganda. The team was made up of some of CWB’s most experienced coaches, new coaches and other volunteers who had a particular interest in HIV/Aids awareness. This was CWB’s 5th visit to Uganda.
On this occasion CWB, working closely with the UCA, visited places that had never seen cricket before, working with primary and secondary school children and their teachers in Tororo, Iganga and Masindi.
Over the two week project almost 1000 children were coached as well as 57 adults trained to become the new generation coaches. As always the delivery of HIV/AIDS awareness messages was a major part of the teams work, using the well-established ABC ("Abstain, Be Faithful, Condoms") messages which are familiar to the children and adults alike.
One of the highlights of the trip, and a good demonstration of CWB’s sustainable development, was the inclusion of local coach Yusuf Nanga who worked and travelled with the team for the duration of their stay. It was only 4 years ago that Yusuf was introduced to Cricket by a CWB project and now he is a coach with the Ugandan under 13 side.
Justine Ligyalingi, Chief Executive of the Uganda Cricket Association said, "On behalf of the Association we would like to thank the Charity (CWB) for sending out another Team of Coaches to Uganda. According to the preliminary reports from our contacts in the areas of Tororo, Iganga and Masindi , the Team of Volunteers did an excellent job and the schools/ communities enjoyed working with them and benefited from their expertise and experiences shared. We are grateful to all the Team members."
CWB will be back in Uganda in Spring 2012.
You can find more on the Uganda trip by visiting http://www.cwbblogs.com/uganda11