Visitor notes

New bathroom with tile, new toilet and shower for the comfort of our guests. Hey, it may not seem like a big thing. For Urukundo and our guests, it is.

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We welcomed many visitors, interns and volunteers during the year. Each is so appreciated.

These are just the highlights of 2018. I want to thank all friends of Urukundo/ Hope Made Real for making 2018 a good year.

Looking ahead

What challenges will come in 2019?

Already accomplished is a second big bus for the primary school.

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Hopes and expectations:

• Expand the library.

• Enlarge Hope House for use as worship center. Congregation continues to grow.

• Build four more classrooms for primary school. Possible two-story building.

• Look at the possibility of a secondary school.

• Update our guest house facilities.

Visitors for January

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Andrea Manor returned to visit Urukundo along with Nancy Gutierrez. The girls are from California, and Andrea was here in 2016 as an intern with GO ED.

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Andrea plays Uno with John and Egide.

Andrea plays Uno with John and Egide.

A new jumping game.  How high can you jump?

A new jumping game. How high can you jump?

Visitor from Uganda

Richard Hatasha is a student at Buganda Royal Institute of Business and Technical Education. His major is accounting. His goal is to care for vulnerable children in Uganda. We were happy to welcome this enterprising young man.

Richard (middle) flanked by Abias and Olivier.

Richard (middle) flanked by Abias and Olivier.

New school year

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The school year started Jan. 14. Urukundo Learning Center enrolled 864 students.

Urukundo Home’s children ready and prepared.

Egide, Claudine, John, David, Joyce, Soso and Diane. Super kids.

Egide, Claudine, John, David, Joyce, Soso and Diane. Super kids.

Claude, Luki and Aline started secondary school. Claude and Luki are at St. Bernadette Secondary School, about 30 minutes travel time from home.

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Boys on campus.

On way to dorm.

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Long walk. Mama followed in car.

Aline at her new school.

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Students, Have mattress, will travel.

Students, Have mattress, will travel.

Aline in school uniform and waiting for room assignment.

Aline in school uniform and waiting for room assignment.

Solange becomes a US citizen

Solange Nirere came to Urukundo in 2006. She was 12 years old. One of the first of my girls. She moved to McAllen, Texas, in 2012 for health reasons (asthma), finished high school and graduated from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is currently enrolled in its graduate program in political science. She expects to earn her master’s in political science in 2020. She is now 25 years old.

On Jan. 9, Solange took an oath and became an American citizen.

Solange and her best friend and lawyer, Ana Villegas, celebrate this momentous occasion.

Solange and her best friend and lawyer, Ana Villegas, celebrate this momentous occasion.

So proud Solange is now an American.