Who are they?
CRICKET WITHOUT BOUNDARIES.
Where are they?
Britain, working on projects in Africa.
What do they do?
A cricket development and AIDS awareness charity.
How big are they?
One part-time staff member, plus volunteers and a board.
What did they receive?
Communication within the organisation has been transformed.
Developing the sport of cricket in African countries would be a worthwhile goal in itself. But when allied to a strong message of HIV and AIDS awareness, the sport is elevated from a vehicle for individual and community empowerment to a potential life saver.
Hannah Weaver is Charity Executive at Cricket Without Boundaries, which runs projects in Rwanda, Uganda, Botswana, Kenya and Cameroon. “Cricket is the tool that we use to deliver HIV messages,” she explains. “A sports coach works within a fun and trusting environment, often winning more respect from children than a teacher or health worker.”
Due to its size – just Hannah, plus a board and volunteers, the charity has no central office base. This naturally keeps costs down, but brings its own challenge – how do you get people to communicate and collaborate?
“We’re now using Huddle for everything!” says Hannah, speaking of the software received as a donation via CTX last year. “It really has changed how we work. There are fewer email trails, we use it as a workspace and to store documents. Because we’re all in different parts of the country, it makes it far easier to access, track and share things.”
Hannah gives a specific example: the administration around the charity’s annual awayday, which is held to formulate long-term strategy. Previously, documents were circulated prior to the meeting, commented upon, edited and re-circulated. After the event, everything would need to be collated into one big strategy document and agreed. With Huddle, according to Hannah, “what took six months, now takes six weeks. We can even take photographs of the whiteboards and upload them!”
Huddle had been recommended by a volunteer who used the package at work. “We knew that we couldn’t sustain the way we were working very easily,” recalls Hannah. “We had started to explore things like Google Docs, but not to any great effect. So we decided to give Huddle a go, and it was an immediate ‘light bulb’ moment. I’m not techie minded, I work two days a week and handle everything – I simply don’t have time to spend investigating packages that might or might not make our lives easier. But the tutorials were online, they were very easy and it was so simple to use.”
“CTX is a fantastic scheme,” she concludes. “Huddle is very expensive and we couldn’t have got it otherwise – our turnover isn’t huge and, quite rightly, our funding goes directly to our projects. The opportunity to get something like this is great. This is going to revolutionise how we work.”
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