Our No-Name Street

Words to know: 1. Muzungo! - slang for white person 2. Umushwi - slang for little kid; literal meaning - baby chicken 3. Nitwa - “my name is...” 4. Chapati - pancake-like flatbread As we settle into our new house in Kayonza, it’s time to familiarize ourself with the village... but it might be more …

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Football

Rwanda glaringly loves its football — meaning, soccer. That much is evident in the heart of Kigali and in the nooks and crannies of each village. You name where, soccer is nearby. Riding through the ups and downs of the Eastern Province, I’ve passed makeshift soccer fields trampled a thousand times over. Flat ground is …

FERWABA

All I could do was stand and wait behind a towering wall of Rwandan basketball players. All I could see were arms — much longer than mine — reaching, searching and fumbling through a bag of jerseys and matching shorts in the trunk of a compact, red Toyota. These guys were my teammates. My United …

Move-In

House hunting in Kayonza wouldn’t be what I’d call a shopping spree. You’d be hard-pressed to find any prospects in some kind of Yellow Pages, a listing online, a front lawn sign, or even a realtor. We were looking for a three-bedroom rental to share among the three fellows: Also in limited supply. Needless to …

Amahoro

Warmed-up players inside Petit Stade Amahoro stared as Liz and Mosie sprinted behind the bench in street clothes swinging untied basketball shoes in hand. They were thrown used jerseys, matching shorts and still hadn’t even uttered “Hello” to their newfound teammates of Ubumwe — a women’s professional club under Rwanda’s Basketball Federation (FERWABA). The 4:00 …