By Thomas Odongo
Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a UK registered charity organization (number 1154576) that uses cricket as a vehicle for delivering health and social messages in sub-Saharan Africa.
It is run almost entirely by the dedication and enthusiasm of its volunteers.
Since its formation in 2005, CWB has become one of the world's leading Cricket Development charities. It is dedicated to helping, educating and developing local communities around the world through the spread and growth of cricket.
CWB has so far conducted two successful trips to Uganda and during that time, they have been able to preach HIV/AIDS awareness to school going children through the game of cricket.
The last time CWB was here (November 2017), primary schools in Kasese district were the top beneficiaries and during their first tour (early in 2007), Masindi primary schools were the top rippers.
This time round, Tameena Hussain a software engineer from Maidenhead Cricket Club (a community cricket club in the UK) will be in town by March 17 to take part in CWB activities.
School going children will be top priority for this initiative.
Her work will be focused on districts of Kabale, Fort Portal and Kasese.
''I have been involved with cricket for the last five years, promoting it in schools, managing ladies and now girls at Maidenhead and Bay Cricket Club,'' Tameena told the media in the UK.
''After I visit Uganda, I hope to walk away having raised awareness on HIV/AIDS in a safe and trusting environment and I hope to leave behind a small hope and enrich these children with a brighter future,'' she added.
Tameena discovered Cricket Without Boundaries on social media (twitter and Facebook) and later got involved in their work.
CWB Head of Delivery, Lee Booth earlier on revealed to the Kampala Post that they work closely with the Uganda Cricket Association.
‘’We work closely with the UCA (Uganda Cricket Association) to help implement their development plan and try to help launch cricket in new regions, such as the Northern towns of Gulu, Arua and Lira,’’ Lee said.
‘’We also grant money to employ an ambassador who works daily coaching around different towns in Uganda,’’ Lee added.
CWB also depends from the support of Uganda Cricket Cranes players like Emmanuel Isaneez (also Aziz Damani’s CC all-rounder) whose involvement in the project helped him being recalled to the national team in 2014.
Isannez helps in training the identified kids to learn basic cricket skills as part of the whole process.
After the CWB March trip, cricket followers and CWB beneficiaries are hopeful that this will not be the end of CWB activities in Uganda.