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 …

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Morning Practice

All of a sudden there was a bongo added to the 50 female voices singing a welcome song... and that was our first impression of the women of Nyamirama.  From touching down in Kigali, to the first day of practice, to traveling by moto/bus alone, and to playing for a Rwandan professional women’s basketball team, …

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 …

Nyamirama

The winding path east from Kigali was my first exposure to the blunt reality of rural living in Rwanda. Paved highway formed into a “two-way” lane of dusty, red clay. One-story homes scattered alongside the street — the construction rough, containing enduring brick, concrete, or clay with tin roofs. Multi-colored goats sprawled out, stretching the …

Arrival

For anyone keeping tabs, I made it to Rwanda. So there’s that. There were no massive hiccups during our flights. None, except for when we landed in Entebbe, Uganda. The Qatar Airways flight attendant spoke with an English accent that was barely audible, so we thought we had landed in Kigali. Thank goodness two assistants …

Flight

I spent all of October 15, 2018 overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the reality that my international flight to Rwanda was finally upon me. Overwhelmed by the inevitable goodbye to my loving parents whom I’m forever indebted to for all the love they’ve passed down to me. Overwhelmed by the parting messages I received from friends and …

In Transit

Monday in NYC: One stop left on the check list before taking off for Kigali. My first “trust test” for Shooting Touch is to navigate through Midtown NYC to pick up nine duffel bags full of shoes, basketballs and other essentials for the Shooting Touch family in Rwanda. Shout out to Jake Mendys for hosting …