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Urukundo Village is an independent home for Rwandan children created and funded through Hope Made Real and its incredibly kind donors. We are not funded by any particular denomination or organization and welcome all who seek to help the children of Rwanda and create a better world not just for a child, but for us all. 

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Greetings from Mama in the US - April 2015

Greetings from Mama in the US.

What a wonderful visit so far. I arrived April 1st and was blessed with a few day to unwind in Pittsburgh with 2 of my daughters. I have had speaking events in Pittsburgh, State College, Kittanning, Hughesville, Jersey Shore, Avis and I am only 21 days into the journey.  It is not work. It is a pleasure to share about my Urukundo family in Rwanda with my Urukundo family throughout the US.

The newsletter this month will be a bit different. I am so grateful to Carol Falke for being willing to share information about the school and the progress we are making in education at the Urukundo Learning Center. Please read the newsletter and visit her Blog. I am sure she would appreciate comments and questions from our readers.

I look forward to seeing many more of you as I travel and share from my heart.


Welcome to Our School!


Special Notice

Are you looking for a place to volunteer and serve children? Do you have talents in media and computer technology?  Here is an opportunity. If interested please contact Mama at arlene@hopemadereal.org or in the USA call 570-447-1602

After 9 years of faithful service to Urukundo and Hope Made Real the publisher of our NEWSLETTER Sarah Ketchley in Seattle, Wa. is stepping down. Sarah has done a spectacular job and we are so grateful.  We will miss her but understand her need for new horizons. Sarah is not leaving the Urukundo Family but will continue to be a consultant for Mama.

Thank you Sarah!!


Sister School Partnerships!

For the past three years, US schools have been partnering with the Urukundo School to provide teaching tools and resources. Classroom projects on a diversity of themes have been exchanged over the years. These have included creative writing, making books and researching many topics. This year after exchanging the projects, our head teacher Irene asked if the projects could originate from Urukundo. So for 2015/2016 the teachers and students will provide all the themes and topics for classroom partnerships.


Our Teachers

We are so fortunate to have such qualified and experienced teachers. Most have a teaching degree or are going to university to receive one. Irene, our head teacher, is continuing his education by returning to university on Saturdays for a certificate in school administration. We now have teachers inquiring when we will be hiring as our school has become a model in the district.


Preschool Skills

Children love butterflies so what better way to teach preschool skills….cutting, coloring, taping and tying. First our preschool teachers read books about them. Then they shared steps each child would do to make their butterflies. This project became more than the process of making them. They would also be used in the class when singing songs, to touch their butterfly on parts of the body, to do math and to simply have them flutter around during playtime.