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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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Now It Is Your Turn

Here is your chance to join Mama Arlene and Hope Made Real. Hope Made Real distributes funds to a variety of projects and individuals, including the Urukundo Home for Children, the Cyeza Sector Support project, community construction projects, and the provision of livestock and beehives to the Avega organization. While Hope Made Real will make every effort to distribute donated funds as requested, Hope Made Real retains ultimate authority in deciding how to use any contributions to further its purpose of assisting the poor, homeless, orphaned or other displaced persons in Rwanda.

How Can I Donate?

Donations can be made online or by traditional paper check.

Online Donations - Credit/Debit Cards & Checking Accounts

(You do not need to have a Paypal account to donate).


Traditional Paper Checks

Checks can be made out to “Hope Made Real” and sent to:
Hope Made Real
PO Box 3222
Williamsport, PA 17701

Members of Saint John-Newberry United Methodist Church in Williamsport, PA, USA continue to be a major supporter of Hope Made Real and Mama Arlene. Contributions can be made to:
Rwanda Fund
Saint Johns/Newberry UMC
2101 Newberry Street
Williamsport, Pa 17701

How Can I Help?

  • Become a Godmother or Godfather to one of our 50 children. $600 a year is all it costs to care for one child from birth through primary school with all expenses included.
  • Be part of the Hope Made Real Education Sponsor Program and send a child from the local community to school for a year. This is a donation of only $16 a year for one child. In 2009 we offered this opportunity to 329 children - thank you.
  • Give a Urukundo Children's Scholarship of $700 per year for one of our children as they enter Secondary School. All secondary schools in Rwanda are boarding schools, and your scholarship includes tuition, food and lodging and necessary supplies such as mattresses, bedding, toilet paper, tooth paste, soap, etc.
  • Give a real live goat or bee hives to a village family. With a one-time donation of $30 you will instantly raise the living standards for one widow and her family.
  • As our children grow into adults they will be attending University or Technical School. The cost of this Urukundo Scholarship is $3000 per year. This amount includes tuition, room and board and home maintenance.
  • Travel to and work with Mama Arlene and the children of Urukundo and the region. You stay at the guest house and eat your meals with the children. Volunteers pay their own travel as well as room and board while visiting and working with Mama Arlene. Applicants should contact Mama Arlene directly.
  • Add your prayers and best wishes to this work and pass on the information about Hope Made Real to your friends and family. 

Is my donation tax deductible?

Hope Made Real is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Hope Made Real are tax deductible. HMR financial statements have been reviewed by an independent CPA firm. The HMR 990 is available upon request.    

Hope Made Real
PO Box 3222
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: 570-998-2620
Contact: marilynely@aol.com
EIN# 26-3209888