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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 Urukundo Village - August 2014

Hello from Urukundo

August has been very busy. Our kids out of school, visitors from abroad, construction for the nursery and dental initiative. There was just a lot going on.

Arlene's Advice

I would give  this advice.  Do not eat papaya like cantaloupe, and do not eat peanuts before your stomach is recovered from excess papaya. If this is not clear, drop me an email and I will expound on the subject.

Lesson Learned.


Having the big brothers and sisters was very exciting for the little kids and for me. It is really a fun school vacation time. Even though they study during the time it is more relaxed.  They take part in the evening devotions and play with the little ones at Hope House.

Our Photo Shoot for August.  Secondary Students, some not all. How they have grown! All are now taller than me and better looking. Abis second year secondary.

Lucie our candidate for the ministry. She graduates from Secondary (High School) this year. Her goal is to be a pastor.









He does not expect to graduate from Secondary School until 2032. Please be there for him.


Back to School

School opens for final term of the year.

Teachers gather to welcome the children and keep everything under control. The children are so excited to be back in school and to greet friends.  They are full of energy.

Big and small they are back!


A Gift for the President

The art work is pictures done by the Urukundo Kids, The design is a gift from Pastor Sharon, and the quilt pattern of hearts and hands was done by Pastor Sharon’s friend.

The quilt was accepted for the President by his secretary Irene.  President Kagame was meeting with President Obama at the same time I was meeting with Irene. Both high-powered meetings you will have to agree.  After the presentation of the quilt, Irene invited me to tell her about Urukundo now and our goals for the future. I was even able to tell her my hopes and plans for the rest of the mountain. She was a most gracious hostess.



A pretend cooking event and a great imagination is all it takes to have a wonderful meal on the bottom of mama’s bed.

Matt our visitor heard me say the girls had only 2 cups and a tiny teapot to have pretend tea parties. He presented the kids with a set of pots, pans and fruits that they could play with. What a wonderful gift. Now I am served strawberries, bananas, grapes and cabbage on a little plate and I pretend to stuff myself with the wonderful fruit. It is a great diet for losing weight.


Drying Dishes

The first Dish dryer, given to us by God. Not electric but very effective.

Wash, rinse and place on the platform for the sun to do the rest.

The Sun

Clothes dryer.  Lines and fences work just fine but bushes also are a drying option.

Not better than a washing machine but then there's no breakdown when the electricity is turned off. This is an all day job every day but Sunday.

We also have a medium sized electric Dryer for drying baby clothes and school uniforms during the rainy season. The dryer was a gift from a friend from United Christian Parish in Reston, Virginia, USA.