Why Boys Matter Most

In Rwanda, female youth are dependent on their male counterparts in order to achieve womanhood; this is due to the fact that a girl does not become a woman until she has married and had children.  Under these conditions girls are reliant on boys to become men and provide for them.  The first traditional step in achieving manhood is house construction, however, many boys are not able to save enough money to build a house and thus never officially become men as accepted and customary in Rwandan society.  To further complicate matters, Rwanda has a severe shortage of men due to the number of males killed during the genocide.  Due to these concerns, male youth are leaving rural areas for the capital at alarming rates, and leaving girls behind to fend for themselves.  Because of all of this, we choose to support boys so that all Rwandans may have a brighter future.