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Congo House Reviver Cricket Team is partnership self funded Project initiative led by two Congolese Diasporas organisations: Kongolese Children Association and Global connections Builder Vision in collaboration with Africa React International to further establish a democratic, sustainable and dynamic National Congolese Development Cricket Programme and Mental Health support project for the youth in the Congo DRC, particularly the most disadvantaged ie, street children, called Kuluna and those at risk of being involved in ‘street life’.
CONGO HOUSE REVIVER CRICKET TEAM PROJECT
THE PILOT PROJECT IN ACTION IN THE STREETS OF KINSHASA
THE PILOT PROJECT IN ACTION IN THE SCHOOLS OF KINSHASA
This is the first project of its kind in the Democratic Republic of Congo as cricket has never been introduced before. Therefore this project will create a cultural exchange with Britain and Congo but the project still suffering for lack of sustainable funding.
Congo House Reviver Cricket Team project, was born out of the vision that we could unveil and promote the success legacy of the first black African Cricket team of the 19 Century in Britain which was called Congo House.
Congo House (or Congo Institute) was created in Colwyn Bay, by Rev. William Hughes in 1889 to educate young people from the Congo and also the Institute attracted many students from other part of Africa, South Africa, Cameroon, Angola, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia as well as student from America.
Congo House attracted summer visitors for fund raising and propaganda which were taking place during the afternoons and early evening in July and August and typically featured Cricket Match of African students versus a local school team or party of visitors.
Congo House’s best ever performance was in 1905 defeat of Rhos College by 124 runs to 30 although their funniest victory was probably their win against Plas-y-coed when the Congo Institute only hit a total 9 runs, fortunately they managed to bowl out the opposition for 8.
The Congo Institute Cricket team’s best ever batsman was Henry Paswayo who, in 1907, hit 50 runs off a Colwyn Bay team and the premier bowler was Ladjo Oluwole who, in 1904, skittled out seven Rhos College batsmen at the cost of only 14 runs.