Coach

Anyone who has ever coached basketball to young adults knows first-hand the hair-ripping, foot-stomping, fist-clenching, scream-repressing moments that happen while watching from the sideline. The joyous moments outnumber and outweigh the depressing ones, of course. But hell, we all feel frustration. Whether we bury it or not. When someone asks me what coaching in Rwanda …

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2019 GBV Awareness Tournament

Players traveling in full basketball gear from Rwinkwavu, Kayonza and Nyamirama were all smiles when they scrambled out of local busses this past Saturday, January 20th in Rukara Sector for the 2019 Shooting Touch Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Awareness Tournament. The tournament — running from 10:00AM-2:30PM — was created to stress the significance of gender equality, …

Backpacker

A few months ago, when I walked up to a household bookshelf in Kigali coated with dust, I didn’t expect to read anything. I scanned across the titles of a robust German novel, a threadbare Harry Potter sequel and a piece on African warfare. None of the reading material caught my attention. Until, mixed in …

Holidays in Kayonza

The Holiday season here in Rwanda looks a little different from what you get in the States. Back home, Christmas music and decorations start going up immediately after Thanksgiving, if not before. Here in Rwanda, the first Christmas Tree I saw was on December 21st, at the local bank. To my knowledge, this is the …

Cuisine

My whole life I’ve been particular about what I eat. I’ve always claimed I’m not picky; I just elect to ingest food that stimulates, not depresses, my taste buds. Veggies always took a backseat in my personal food pyramid. I clarify to friends and family I can count the kinds of vegetables I eat on …

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 …

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 …