Check out the expert cricket stance in practice!
Our cricket tournament for street children in Nepal starts today!
The 4th April sees children's homes across Nepal come together to start the 2015 cricket tournament, running up to the celebration of International Day for Street Children on the 12th April.
Our Sansar are very excited about the cricket tournament and the opportunity it gives the children to experience something that, to other kids, is a normal part of growing up.
Preparing for the competition has already had a positive impact on the boys at the children’s home. 13 years old Samjad said: “We will make new friends and meet big brothers. We will have lots of fun.”
This unique, first of its kind competition will bring together 18 children’s home teams from across Southern Nepal. This memorable day we will also raise awareness of the plight of street children in Nepal where an estimated 5,000 young people suffer on the streets. Living on the street means children are unable to attend school, eat regular meals or make solid relationships. The tournament is a great chance to learn vital skills, such as team spirit, sportsmanship and determination. But we urgently need your support...
Julia Krepska, founder of Our Sansar, said: "We are very excited about the cricket tournament and the opportunity it gives the children to experience something that, to other kids, is a normal part of growing up.
"Living on the street has meant that, before now, these kids have been unable to attend school, eat regular meals or make solid and lasting relationships. The tournament is a great chance to learn vital skills, such as team spirit, sportsmanship and determination.
"We hope that the tournament will have a lasting impact on the children taking part and will contribute to a secure foundation for their future development."
The cricket tournament is being held to coincide with the Consortium For Street Children's annual International Day For Street Children, which aims to give a voice to the millions of street children around the world.
Have you been keeping up with the team announcements on our blog?
If you missed it, check out our blog and read the team player biographies. We have been introducing all the boys and they have all been very excited to have their first official interviews as cricket players. Most recently we caught up with Nikhil, Ryan and Sajan - our official Team Our Sansar bowlers.
The boys are so excited about the tournament and it gives them a welcome break from their education, and a chance to meet new friends! Of course none of this would be possible without your ongoing support - THANK YOU!
The fact is, it isn't all fun and games and there are many many more children in desperate need living on the streets of Nepal. Our project is initially about a bit of fun for the boys in our children's home - but everything we raise goes towards not only keeping our children's home open, but our dreams of expanding it in the very near future. We WILL make this happen - and we sincerely hope you will be there with us when it does.
As always, thank you from the Our Sansar team!
PS. for all of you extra keen cricketers out there - we will be posting live updates from the matches on our Twitter account, follow us @OurSansar.
The 2015 Tournament Matches:
Chitwan - 4 April starting at 9am (Nepalese time) and last game at 5pm (Nepalese time)
Hetauda - 9 April at 8am (Nepalese time) and last game at 2pm (Nepalese time)
Hetauda - 10 April at 9am (Nepalese time) and last game at 1pm (Nepalese time)
Hetauda - 11 April Girls team at 9am (Nepalese time) and last game at 1pm (Nepalese time)
Hetauda - 12 April - THE FINAL kicking off at 11am (Nepalese time)
One of our pro batsmen
Govind sharpening up his wicket keeping skills
Ryan posing for the camera