Graduates on the move

Our recent high school graduates prepare for life away from Urukundo Village. University is now in their game plan. It takes a truck.

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Bosco, Olivier and Abais. Congratulations, gentlemen. Well done.

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Bosco and Abais will attend the Adventist University of Central Africa, Kigali campus.

Olivier will attend University of Kigali.

With the addition of these three, we now have quite a few in higher education:

• 22 students are at the university level or beyond.

• 1 is working on her master’s degree in Texas, USA.

• 1 finished college in Seattle, Washington, USA, in 2018. He returned to Rwanda and teaches phys ed at Urukundo Learning Center.

• 1 graduates from Arizona State University, USA, in May 2019.

• 4 have finished university or trade school and are gainfully employed.

• 3 will graduate in fall 2019.

• 5 will graduate in 2020.

• 2 will finish in 2021.

• 3 will graduate in 2023.

• 2 will graduate in 2024.

Our first generation of Urukundo kids are now young men and women. They are well on their way to a brighter future, thanks to you who have cared and shared. I thank you.

Amin gets married

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So hard to believe. Our kids are really growing up.

Amin, a new husband, and Marie Claire, his lovely wife, are one happy couple.

Amin is Urukundo’s first brother to get married. Wow!! Can this be true? Yes, it sure is.

My first daughter-in-law in Rwanda! Welcome to the family, Marie Claire. Congratulations, Amin. Be the best husband you can be, and know that you and Marie Claire are in our prayers for a long and happy life together.

Project Library

The project for the month was revamping the library, including adding more educational toys and and supplying more shelf space. Librarian Irene and Olive teamed up with Carol Falke from the USA to make this project a success.

Big question: What belongs in the classroom and what should be in the library available for teachers to borrow and return?

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Preschool classrooms also benefited from this project.

Organization was the objective in the library and classrooms.

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Preparation before organization

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Every 3- and 4-year old enjoys dolls that to play with. Cribs are on the way for these baby dolls. Each preschool classroom will have a crib and hopefully two baby dolls. Never too young to learn about love. With 30 kids in the morning and 30 in the afternoon loving on these baby dolls, they will not last long. But, oh, what fun!

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In the library for all to share. African animals to see and read about.

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What boy and, yes, girl would not love vehicles of every description? With books to tell the story.

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Construction in progress. All ages benefit from the library.

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Space travel, futuristic indeed. Carol demonstrates rocket for teachers.

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Let's go shopping, Vegetables, fruits, shopping bag, pretend money and a tea set for later. All part of the learning process.

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Learning about caterpillars and butterflies was the project for the preschool.

We cover so many aspects of living and sharing.

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Faces

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My favorite time in life is watching the precious babies and seeing the many dear faces that mean so much to me.

Thank you, Alan, for sharing your photos with us. Beautiful faces.

In addition to Alan’s photos, here’s another beautiful face. This is Ava Arlene, daughter of executive director Jean Marie and his wife Larrisa. Ava Arlene is my namesake in Rwanda.

And I am so proud of Tresor, our student graduating from Arizona State University in the USA in May.