February 2016 Newsletter

Solange was inducted into the National Honor Society in the USA!

We are so proud of our sister Solange.


Last family game before school starts.  Honoring their country’s flag before Foote Ball game starts.

My favorite Soccer team, Soso made the team complete. He is little but he is mighty.


In a huddle


They are very serious players. It is incredible to watch these beginners play Foote ball and see how the older kids take time and teach their younger brothers and yes, sisters the game and the rules. I am impressed.

P3 and P4 Readers

This is a special month for our P3 and P4 readers. They have worked hard to be able to read. Each earned an English language bible for their hard work and dedication to reading English. They each read a complete scripture as the final challenge. Good work P4 kids.

Passing to P4 (grade 4) is a big event at Urukundo. Primary 4 is a step to higher education. It is another step toward reaching our goals. Learning English and being able to read it is the test to prove a goal has been reached.

After reading a randomly chosen scripture from the bible successfully these children were awarded their very own English language bible.

Claude, Luki, Nelly, Aline, Chantel, Emmanuel

Getting all the kids together at one time to take a picture is not an easy task as you will see all P4 kids are not together.

Congratulations to all our readers. We are so proud of you.

Chantel our new teen and her bible P4


 4 of P4 students; Aline, Nelly, Luki, Claude. 

Emmanuel P4 achiever

Davin & Kenny & their bibles P3 students

Two advanced readers from P3 competed and also won their bible. Congratulation to all P4 students and a special congratulations to Kenny and David our P3 qualifying students.

New Sweaters

Many thanks to the lovely lady who made them for our kids. They are cuddle warm on a cool morning.

The small & the big. Sweaters are loved

Johnny, David and Prince. The bigger ones.

Claudine working a puzzle. New hat and sweater. We are so blessed with her gift of vision. Thanks to Dr. Petre and her sponsor Brittany.

Some sweaters are a challenge especially buttons.  Janette gets help from big brother Soso.

Soil Erosion and a Possible Cure 

Yes, soil erosion is a problem in Urukundo Village and planting trees is the suggested cure.  We are making something important happen.  Thanks to a donor we are planting trees to hold the soil in place and making fruit available for our kids. Double cure and a blessing.

The trees to be planted are Mango, Lemon & Orange. Hoping this works.

We will plant them on the farm to also provide some shade for the cows and calves.

Thinking ahead.

Brushing Teeth

A big important event after each meal is brushing teeth. Thank you everyone who keeps us supplied with Brushes and paste. It is interesting to know that here.

Soso and Isaah do the deed out at the water tank after lunch.


All toothbrushes and toothpaste are called Colgate.

All razors are called Gilette

All pens are called Bic.

All sanitary pads are Kotex

All Peanut butter is Jiffy

All disposable diapers are Pampers

All vitamins are Disney or Flintstone

Sorry no matter the brand name the first that came holds the name.

Making Use of Our Available Materials

In trucking and handling bricks get broken, they are not thrown away.

This is how we use broken bricks.  Repairing walk way from kitchen to boys house. Firm foundation. Cement will be poured over the bricks to make the path more stable.

Nothing is wasted.


First day of school

FEBRUARY 2, 2016

School year 2016 starts for Urukundo Kids


Mama leads the parade with Jacob, Edison & Benita

Our 3 year olds did very well with no crying. School a new adventure.

School is very important to the children in our home and for children in the community

We need help to finish building our primary school. Primary is from first grade to Grade 6. We have been blessed by you and we have completed Grades 1 through Grade 4 with one room for Grade 5. In process is one room to finish Grade 5 and 2 rooms for Grade 6.  Our contractor is building the foundation on faith with no money up front. His hope is that Urukundo will pay for the construction in time. I need help to pay him for his work.  Can you help?

What is needed:

  • Stone:  $70 buys a truck load
  • Sand:  $65 buys a truck load
  • Cement:  $20 buys 100 lbs.
  • Lime to mix with cement:  $10 buys 100 lbs.
  • Bricks: $200 buys 2500 BRICKS
  • Sheets for roof:  $30 buys one sheet.
  • Gutter:  $10 for 2 meters

Development continues You are seeing Faith In action. 

Finished it will look like this.

This is Primary (grade) 4 and one room for Primary (Grade) 5 students.

We are thankful to all who contributed to make this happen for year 2016.



Protecting our farm animals is a matter of building fences that keep the animals in and intruders out.  Bricks are better than wire. Wire can be cut bricks can not.

Special Visitors 

African International Club (AIC) has been a blessing to Urukundo Home & Learning Center.  Each year, they have supplied us with funding to buy the furniture needed in the classrooms. So far they have furnished Desks and Chairs for all Primary class rooms. We are delighted to welcome them for a visit this month to see their gift in action. They are helping to make a difference for children in Binunga Village and all Muhanga District.

Stone on Path

A new stone has been added to our path to Learning to honor a beloved mother gone to her reward.


In closing, I leave you with this thought:

The vulnerable children of Rwanda and the world.

Opportunity is what they need. Your love. Their lives, Our world, You can make a difference.

Your most appreciated gift can be sent to the address below or use the Donate button at the upper right-hand corner of the screen:

Hope Made Real
PO Box 3222
Williamsport,PA. 17701

Much love,

Mama Arlene
Urukundo Foundation/Hope Made Real

Help make their world a better place.