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A Note for New Readers

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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Monday
Jun302014

Greetings from Urukundo Village - June 2014

May used to be the beginning of a dry period in Rwanda. Now it starts in June. Could this be “global warming"?

This has been a tough month for me starting with what I thought was a cold.  It turned out to be an allergy complicated by all the symptoms related to the not so common cold. Never having had an allergy I had no idea you could get so sick.

I spent most of June in my room managing Urukundo from my desk and bed. I am a hands-on person so this was not easy but the Urukundo staff were great. Things ran smoothly much to my surprise and pleasure.

Photo Shoot

Rebecca

Claude

Johnny

Soso

Yves

Kaboss

Monday
Jun302014

We have a Youth Leader

Her name is Abigal.  Abigal comes to work with us from Kenya. She is a teacher in our Preschool and she lives in Urukundo Village. 

Gathering for practice.

Abigal works with the children teaching new songs and special activities.

Monday
Jun302014

Dental Initiative & Nursery Bath and Utility Room

This may seem like a strange combination.

Because of poor workmanship and cutting corners during construction of the foundation under the nursery bathroom, the floor and walls started to give way. It was deemed dangerous for our little ones so it was necessary to dismantle the present structure. This was done leaving only the roof intact.

June 5th 2014: removing the bath and utility structure. The floor was sinking and walls unstable.

How does this affect the Dental Initiative?  In such a short time the Tiki Hut home of the Dental Project has become too small.

When thinking about the present and looking to the future, a saying from my past comes to mind 'KILLING TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE'.

We needed a safe utility and bath for the nursery and rooms for the dental initiative that would also include an indoor utility room.  Combining both projects made sense.

Why not make both improvements at the same time? It would initially cost more than planned for but in the long run will save expense.

A firm foundation was laid for the reconstruction and the addition, removing the cracking, breaking walls and adding strength to the foundation.

Foundation of large stones, small stones, sand and good quality cement was laid.

We enclosed the porch for a utility and bath, added 2 more rooms to the structure and connected the new addition to the original Girls' House taking care of both problems.

Men and women at work.

Walls going up June 23rd 2014.  Next month's newsletter will picture the finished project and another HOPE MADE REAL.

Monday
Jun302014

Meet Tresor and Jacob - Great Pals

TRESOR our oldest YOUNG MAN & JACOB our 1 year old superman.

It is great to have a brother to point the way!

Monday
Jun302014

Sports at Urukundo

KARATE:

There are 20 kids in the Saturday morning Karate class.  9 are our kids, 11 are from the community and the group comprises both boys & girls. It is awesome to watch these kids and the master at work. It is work with dedication.

Our 5 first and 4 second graders love karate!

When the team is ready they will compete with other teams of their age.

Our master teaches as a volunteer. 

We could not afford ready-made uniforms from stores in Kigali town so our Sewing Center took a pattern, bought material and made uniforms. They are great. Good work, sewing students!  These uniforms are also available to the neighborhood parents. They can buy them for their kids at an affordable price.

I think the kids look great - comments from our readers are appreciated!

One of the neighborhood kids has a yellow belt. I'm not sure what that means in terms of advancement for children even though my son Ted is a black belt!

Volunteer Master & kids: Pete in a brown belt. He is very good with the kids.