Newsletter for October 2016

The month of October has come and gone with as usual many happenings and changes at Urukundo Village.

We had very interesting visitors.

Divine one of our University students works part time at a hostel in Kigali City.  She is always ready to talk about her brothers and sisters at Urukundo when she is asked about her life.  David Stalls from Colorado, USA asked and she talked. David decided he needed to visit this place Divine loved so much. It was our pleasure to welcome him.

Mama, Divine and David,

Early morning found David enjoying the veranda at “Mama’s House”.

A great place to Journal.

Dinner with the kids.

Natacha Cerise comes from Guadeloupe by way of UK. Our kids were fascinated to hear about the little island in the Pacific Natasha came from.

We combined Geography, History and Devotions in a wonderful session one evening while she was with us. 

Rebekah & Jacob our next construction engineers.  Balls & rods a beginning.

Natasha and the Urukundo Kids.

It must be a Friday, they are in sports clothes. Yep, it is.

Dental Project

Happy team.

The Dental is now official and this team made it happen.

Olivier, Eric, Gabby & Jean Marie

Last requirement needed, An incinerator needed to be built for disposal of Hazardous materials from the dental clinic.


In Process

Yep, we built it.  The dental is long term so it just made good sense to build our own incinerator rather than always be paying another organization to handle our hazard waste materials.  More economical for sure.

Finished except for clean up around the area.

We have approval from the Ministry of Health but are waiting for the license to be issued. It is our hope to publish the License in November’s newsletter.


Mama & Baby Project

Mama & Baby project is a continuing blessing. Babies are so precious.

It means so much to see a healthy, happy baby and a proud mama.

Baby Belise 11 month old, Mama, and big sister came to visit.

Baby Brino is 3 weeks old. 

The mamas are so happy to bring the baby and share the love.  They never fail to say how grateful they are to have received needed help from the Mama & baby program.  Blessings are shared!

Newborn wearing hat, shawl, and receiving blanket. Gifts from you who care. Thank you! These are just a few of the items given to the mama’s for their newborn.

We also want to say THANK YOU to manufacturer of these bags we fill to give the mamas gifts for their babies.

More Visitors

A sad but happy reunion.

Urukundo welcomed Kim Wilson and his children back for a short visit to Rwanda. This was their first visit back after the tragic death of their mother Rena serving as a missionary in Kamony area of Rwanda. It was good to see Kim and the children again.


New brick walk way to Hope House. Every time it rained this area was flooded and mud was for me a big problem.  Really I think the kids liked walking in the mud.

Removing a wall and opening easier access to the necessary room at Hope House seemed long overdue. The wall came down and steps put in place. Better access for children going for potty breaks during worship. They hated walking all the way around the wall. So climbing on the wall and jumping down was more fun but a bit dangerous. 

Banita, Joyce, Jason, and Jenny trying out the new steps.

English Improvement Class

Kyle Jerro a true Urukundo family member is home for two month.  Kyle is a linguist from University of Texas & Princeton University in New Jersey. His stay is for 2 months, long enough for the classes he is teaching to have a real impact on his students.

Kyle is teaching Advanced Conversational English in a class for teachers. This class will benefit our teachers and our school and so the children.

Kyle is also teaching beginners English class each afternoon.

This class is made up of Guards, Mamas and students from the sewing center.

Yet more visitors

Urukundo is blessed.  Visitors from GEI “Global Engagement Institute.”  The visit was very short but I was delighted that they added Urukundo to their busy schedule.  Our visitors names were Lusijah Jean Marx, Barbara Jean Parker, Marcie Barent, Louise Ann Rabidoux, and Maxine Faye Hollinger. 

Learning Pathway

New stone on the Path to Learning

In Loving Memory



In case you meant to donate and forgot

October & November are the months Urukundo and friends gather in love to support the vulnerable children in our community.  December is not too late

School fees for Primary school are due in January. Please send your gift.

Any amount would be appreciated.

Give a Christmas gift that will continue to give and make a difference for a child’s lifetime.

Your donation provides support for many children to go to school and places them on the path to education that is so needed to give a child a better life.

Please open your hearts and yes, your purse strings and help us help the community children to have the education they deserve and need to build a better future.

Send a check indicating your gift is a donation for Community Education.

Thank you for caring and sharing

Mama Arlene