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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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Visitors for May, 2009

Cait Stadler, Sheri Brown, and Steve Geier visited from Kansas City Missouri.
Cait Stadler, Sheri Brown, and Steve Geier from Kansas City Missouri

Andria Ellingson doing what she loves best with Baby Sarah. Todd and Andria are from Scottsdale Arizona.
Andria Ellingson with Baby Sarah.

Todd and Andria on top of the mountain with mama.
Todd and Andria on top of the mountain with mama.

The Sunflower Jungle

Look at Todd in our Sunflower Jungle.
Todd with Sunflower

Some of these plants are 10 to 12 feet tall. We have our own Sunflower jungle thanks to Betty Grunstra from Pennsylvania.


Signs of Our Times

When you come to visit look for the sign. We are now official and the sign points the way from the main road.

Our sign by the road.

Greetings from Arlene

Easter was rather unusual here.

This year the same week in April was set aside as the Genocide memorial week and is quite serious. There is to be only mourning.

No celebration is to take place during the week.  No weddings. No parties.  It is such a sad time for Rwandese people. This collides with Easter every four years. At least I think that is how often it happens. Easter jumps around a lot.

For Christians this is the time of great Joy. Christ has risen. I did my best to tell the children that we mourn for the dead and celebrate the living and both are proper. John, one of our staff, said it went well. I had the teaching time in worship and it was up to me to observe the sadness of the genocide and the joy of a risen Christ. Not easy.  The children learned a special song in English, as a gift to me, and sang their special music with the voice of angels, “BECAUSE HE LIVES”. I was impressed. They sang all the verses. Beautiful.

Molly, our long term volunteer of four months was leaving soon and wanted to treat the kids with a special  celebration. So we chose Easter Sunday to also mark our kids doing well at school in their first term of the year.  A special dinner of chicken, cake and Fanta was served. The chicken was delicious. We celebrated Easter and a job well done at school and observed the Genocide memories all together. Quite a day.


An Update on Claudine

Our little girl is improving and that makes me happy. Thanks to a money gift from a partner in the U.S. we are able to purchase new born diapers (Pamper type) for her. They are still too big, but we are encouraged. Claudine is eating well and in the first three weeks has gained 4 pounds of body weight. She responds to voices, laughs out loud, looks toward the sound of my voice and smiles with a giggle. She holds her head up. She kicks her legs and lying on her stomach comes up on her knees and pushes. She moves around in her bed. This may not sound exciting for a two-year-old child but Claudine could not move at all when she came to live with us. She had no strength in her arms and legs. She is a special child.

Claudine – the first day
Claudine the first day

Claudine Now
Claudine now