Welcome to Rwanda.
Men wear shirt and shorts or pants with the cuffs rolled up. Women wear t-shirt, long skirts and a special wrap on their heads. We wear most of the stuff you do in America.
Food and Drinks
For breakfast we eat bread and tea or sorghum porridge. For lunch we eat bananas or leftovers from the night before. Something to drink would be sour milk similar to buttermilk. Then before dinner you can wash your hands in a basin and eat some leftovers form the other night before.
We celebrate New Year's Eve, Heroes Day (Feb.1), Easter Monday, Good Friday, Genocide Memorial (Apr. 7), Labor Day (May 1), Independents Day (July 1), Liberation Day (July 4), Assumption Day (Aug. 15), and Christmas and Boxing Day. There are a lot of holiday but that will just be more fun for you to see!
Advice about language, beliefs and attitudes: French, Kinyarwanda and English are the official languages. 57% of Rwandans are Catholic, 26% are Protestant and 11% are Adventists. Most Christians retain some traditional beliefs. Rwandans value respect from others and those in authority. Family is the most important to them.
Germany colonized it in 1899. During WWI, Belguim took control in 1916 and received Rwanda as a League of Nations Mandate in 1919. Limited elections were allowed in 1952. 1959 Hutu began killing Tutsi after a Tutsi attack on Hutu subchief. Monarchy was abolished in 1961 and full independence from Belgium followed in 1962.
Customs and Courtesies
The greetings in Rwanda are very important, the younger person greet the older one, and a woman greets a man first. Body language, gestures, and facial expressions show that you care, and that you respect them. You should avoid eye contact with anyone older than you.
The children help out with chores. The girls help with the younger children while the boys help with the farm animals. Rural girls usually have more chores than the boys.
45% of the population lives below poverty level and about 90% work in the agriculture. Coffee and tea are the main exported crops.
Schools and Education
We have primary schools for children 7-13 years of age. It costs nothing to attend but parents are responsible for uniforms, books, etc. Only 70% finish.