Mujawiyera Josephine & Habineza Fidei

Printer-friendly versionSend by email

Habineza Fidei seeks the advice of his adoptive mother about how to plan a family, negotiate difficult situations with his new wife, and preserve important traditions in a changing world. Mujawiyera Josephine remembers being the most beloved of her father's children, and describes the neglect her siblings suffered as the family increased in size. She counsels her son only to have as many children as he can love fully and support financially. In a conversation that ranges from balancing traditions like sharing food versus saving enough food to satisfy young children, and the importance of valuing daughters as much as sons, Mujawiyera Josephine is able to ease Fidei's anxiety about the future.

"Nowadays if we put all children in schools, it means that all children can help their children, but all parents must raise their children without counting to be helped by them because when you raise your children [it] is to help them to be developed. In the past, parents were thinking more about themselves only, but these days we have to think more about our children." Mujawiyera Josephine

"I know some people who said that they will give birth to a certain number of girls and boys, but for me all children are the equal and same; be it boys or girls." Habineza Fidei

Listen in Kinyarwanda : 
SFH0114.pdf386.93 KB


SEPTEMBER 2014 - Archival Science 14 (Nos. 3-4, 2014): 275-306. Available here


OCTOBER 2014 - Founder and Director Patricia Pasick, Ph.D. has been honored as a 2014 Purpose Prize Fellow which recognizes “outstanding social innovators over aged 60 who are working to change the world by finding solutions to challenging social problems.“

Recent Stories