Since 2011 our Cricket Academy for Street and Underprivileged Children in Bangladesh has helped improve the quality of life for hundreds of poverty-stricken and vulnerable youngsters through the sport they love.
Cricket is the most popular sport in the Asian sub-continent and it is no different in Bangladesh. However many children who wish to play cricket and aspire to represent the national team unfortunately do not have the same opportunities as those from more privileged backgrounds.
Our Cricket Academy at Saidpur not only provides the opportunity to realise that dream but does so in tandem with teaching youngsters professionalism and discipline that has allowed many to avoid falling into a life of crime.
It also provides non-formal education so they have options to build careers, another aspiration that is denied to many orphans, street children and those from families on low incomes.
Every year, 50 street children are enrolled in the academy. Their enthusiasm and commitment allied with the dedication of the staff and volunteers has allowed many to progress up the sporting and social ladder.
Many are now playing professional or semi-professional cricket and teenager Mohammed Imran has represented Bangladesh’s National Disabled Cricket Team.
The Academy’s achievements have earned it a national reputation of excellence – members of the Bangladesh National Cricket team have even stepped in as surprise coaches. The academy is also playing a vital role in removing social discrimination, teaching the youngsters to rise above divisions of caste, religion, race, social status etc.
The Cricket Academy is a brilliant way to keep the children engaged, active, working towards a brighter future and helping prevent them from getting into any kind of trouble or being exploited. Please support its excellent work.
You can sponsor a child’s place at the Cricket Academy for just £10 a month or £120 a year. Please donate now and encourage others to do the same.