Christelle Umuhoza is the current Program Director for Shooting Touch's international side in Rwanda. Following her undergraduate studies in Uganda (International Business), Christelle was one of fifteen Young Rwanda Leaders selected to receive the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship, taking part in a six-week leadership and networking course in the US. With a strong interest in female empowerment, Christelle created a local Rwandan NGO, using music and art therapy to help young girls deal with the emotional aftermath of trauma. With a Masters Degree in International Development Management from the University of Bradford (UK), Christelle's role with Shooting Touch involves management of all staff, fellows, and partnerships, overseeing and reporting on all programmatic activity, conducting and analyzing all monitoring and evaluation methods, and assisting in grants and expansion projects. Prior to Shooting Touch, Christelle worked for World Vision Rwanda on a USDA-funded educational project and World Relief Rwanda on a UNICEF-funded program to combat childhood malnutrition.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Melissa Ikirezi is the current Community Engagement Coordinator for Shooting Touch's international side in Rwanda. Melissa is a passionate individual who, in 2016, started her own non-profit in Kenya where she and her team were able to screen over 7,000 university students for HIV. Melissa holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the United States International University (Kenya) and some of her roles within Shooting Touch include event and activity planning, managing and training staff, conducting monitoring and evaluation, development of curriculum, and assisting in expansion and partnerships. Prior to Shooting Touch, Melissa worked for Green Hills Academy in Kigali, Rwanda.
DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS
Rugira Ali started out with Shooting Touch in 2017 as the Head Coach in Rwinkwavu, Kayonza. With his time in Rwinkwavu, women's participation doubled, health educational test results rose dramatically, and a new female coach was brought on and trained by Ali. Ali is now serving as Shooting Touch's Director of Basketball Operations were he oversees all court activity, manages and trains coaching staff, assists in expansion, and works closely with partner organizations such as FERWABA (Rwandan Basketball Federation) and the Ministry of Sport and Culture. Prior to Shooting Touch, Ali worked with Rafi'Kids Basketball in Kigali, Rwanda.