Known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, Rwanda is also now the most densely populated country in Africa, with over 300 people per square kilometre. Half of Rwanda’s citizens are under the age of 18. Most of these children live on less than $1 a day. Many are still recovering from the 1994 genocide and its aftermath, when an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed during a 100-day period.
Cricket in Rwanda has played a significant role in the healing and reconciliation process following the genocide. Hardly played before 1994, there are now an estimated 10,000 players in the country. Gaining ICC affiliate status in 2003, cricket in the country continues to grow, although structured competition is focused in the capital, Kigali.
CWB are proud of the work our ambassadors and volunteers do on a day-to-day basis to use cricket to continue to bring people together in Rwanda. From peace building training for our ambassadors, to our ongoing relationship with the Rwandan Orphans Project, CWB use cricket in Rwanda to emphasise that all can work and play together - no matter what their size, gender or ethnicity.
As with all sub-Saharan countries, Rwanda has a not insignificant HIV burden. The country has 170,000 people living with HIV, 22,000 of these being children under 14. Although the official prevalence level of 2.4% is relatively low the lack of systematic testing in the country means the fight against HIV continues to be a challenge.
These stories from Rwanda are drawn from our project blogs – click through to read about the work we do and the unique character of this small but special country.
Rwanda Autumn 2016
28th Sep – 8th Oct
Enrolled in primary school
Aged 0-17 due to HIV
The 29th most densely populated county