What We Do
Rwanda We Want Organization has various areas of focus namely: Youth Empowerment, Youth Sexual Reproductive Health, Civic Education, Inclusion and to tackle all those areas, Rwanda We Want Organization has different programs which are:
BIRASHOBOKA, which translates to 'it is possible' in English, is an impactful program that unites 20 high school graduates from diverse backgrounds.
Firstly, it aims to establish mentorship relationships between the youth and experienced individuals from the older generation. Secondly, it connects the youth with inspirational mentors who serve as a source of motivation. Furthermore, BIRASHOBOKA equips the youth with essential skills such as critical thinking, innovative problem-solving, effective communication, and active listening.
The program provides a series of comprehensive trainings aimed at achieving several objectives. The program also focuses on enhancing the youth's abilities in one-on-one and public speaking, as well as presentation skills, enabling them to convincingly convey their ideas.
Additionally, BIRASHOBOKA educates the youth about the qualities of a good leader and fosters self-confidence.
Multi-family healing spaces
Multi-Family Healing Spaces is a project in which multiple families is a group-based treatment including multiple families that they have been through the same problem. The therapy combines psychoeducation related to intergenerational transmission of trauma and hostility, healing dialogues and skills’ cultivation to strengthen collective responsibility and agency and improve intergenerational patterns of communication within and across families.
Since June 2022, Rwanda We Want Organization and Interpeace partnered to conduct multifamily healing spaces in Bugesera districts. Multi-Family Healing Spaces is a group-based treatment including multiple families that they have been through the same problem. The therapy combines psychoeducation related to intergenerational transmission of trauma and hostility, healing dialogues and skills’ cultivation to strengthen collective responsibility and agency and improve intergenerational patterns of communication within and across families.
Ndashoboye project which translates “I Can” is a project that contributes towards youth empowerment by facilitating economic empowerment for marginalized and vulnerable teen mothers In Muhanga district. The project uses a holistic approach to the teen mothers’ reintegration into society. It uses a three-fold approach to equip them with employable skills and financial literacy to allow them to generate income for themselves, and provide them with counseling services and knowledge about family planning.
Iwacu is a project that engages with the Rwanda youth community abroad to link them with the youth living in Rwanda with the aim of creating and strengthening relationships between the Rwandan youth and the community of Rwandan youth living abroad, reignite and strengthen their bond and interest in their country and cultural heritage and facilitate an exchange of knowledge and information.
On 4th/December/2021 Rwanda We Want organization in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Embassy of Rwanda in Italy with residence in Paris launched “Iwacu program” and hosted “Iwacu” inaugural conversation at Donna Laura Palace Hotel in Rome Italy. This event brought together Rwandan youth living in Rwanda, Italy and other countries including China, Ghana and France among others. The hybrid event brought together 145 youth (both physically and virtually). The youth engaged in a conversation revolving around their contribution to the development of their country and their contribution in enhancing national unity.
As the backbone and motor of the country’s development, it is imperative to maximize and maintain the productivity of the youth to ensure a quick and sustainable development. Ensuring this implies making sure that the youth have a safe environment, adequate education but are also in good health condition. Approximately 95% of teen pregnancies occur in developing countries while sub-Saharan Africa in which Rwanda is located is believed to have the highest prevalence of teen pregnancies.
One of the main challenges hindering the youth from fulfilling their potential in Rwanda is the issue of their sexual reproductive health (SRH). Youth in Rwanda face consequences of a bad sexual reproductive health such as teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs/HIV), and gender-based violence which are ever-present in the Rwandan youth
Youth sexual reproductive health should first and foremost be a youth-led movement. This will make it more relatable to the youth. There is a need for a positive mindset and awareness campaigns directed at the youth by the youth and they should be massive on platforms that have a massive influence on the youth such as social media. There is a need to invest in sexuality education not only in terms of increasing its coverage but also importantly its quality. Youth sexuality education should be taught in a model that is more motivating for the youth, creates the right attitude within the youth, gives sufficient knowledge, and is more
As a youth founded and led Non-Government Organization, Rwanda we want organization has a strong belief that the youth can be the primary agents of positive youth behavior change.
TUBIVUGEHO which translates to “Let’s talk about it” aims at to breaking the ice on the subject of sexuality among the youth and between youth and adults, raising awareness and urgency among the youth about the importance of youth sexual reproductive health and equipping them with skills and knowledge to help them lead a healthy sexual life.
This is done through the creation of safe conversational spaces for youth to learn about sexual reproductive health through innovative and youth friendly learning models as well as an awareness campaign targeting the youth and conducted on youth populated platforms such as social media, radio and television.
The project is implemeted by Rwanda We Want Organization in partnership with USAID Ingobyi Activity.
Rwanda We Want Organization works for the youth in Rwanda. Its target groups include
boys and girls in school and those who are not in school who require civic, sexual and
entrepreneurial education. Rwanda We Want Organization also focuses on disabled youth as
well as youth from marginalized groups.