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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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Kids at Play

Our boys surprised us with a project of their own. Holiday from school has started and the boys are working on the farm, playing soccer and basketball and are building a house.


The construction tells us they are learning a lot from watching the girls house being built.  We will have one of our technicians work with the boys and teach them some techniques.  We will one day have our own builders. Their house is of mud bricks with mud as cement.  It sure beats a fort made of snow and will not go away when the sun shines, but will only get stronger.

Our Visitors for October

We had many wonderful visitors this month.  Check out the gallery to see who we shared hugs with in October.


A Note About Future Donations

September was a glorious month, but before we dive in to some great stories, I should let you know of some changes.

All donation checks should now be made out to "Hope Made Real". Please make a note of it.  You were previously making them out to Spiritworks, but we now have our own completely separate non-profit to call our own.

You can now donate online. It is now possible to donate to Hope Made Real online using any credit or debit card.  It's safe and secure, and the funds are available to us faster than traditional paper checks.  The best part is that Google is covering all of the fees usually associated with credit cards, so Hope Made Real receives 100% of your donation.  Just go to HopeMadeReal.org/donate to learn how.

Now read on for this month's adventures, goals and the good work we are all doing.

We Sent 250 Children to School in 2008Can We Send 300 Children in 2009?

(Aline and Natete enjoying biscuits and tea outside the office in the morning.)

It only costs $15 to send a child to school in Rwanda. No matter how many times I hear that, it is always staggering to me. $15 is so little compared to the impact of an education on a child.

We fund the education of children both inside Urukundo Village and in the larger community. In late 2007, you proudly gave scholarships to 250 children who otherwise would not have been able to go to school and those children have had the benefit of schooling. If you sponsored a child last year, please think about renewing your scholarship gift again this year and perhaps an additional child if you can afford it. For 2009, let's aim for 300 children, 50 more than last year.

Please make sure your scholarship reaches Hope Made Real by December 1st. Thank you again for all you have done.

Vision Made Real: A Roof is on the Girl's Home

The roof is now on the girls home, with face boards still to come. It is an interesting roof. During the morning and evening it is bright red. At other times it has silver stripes running through it that reflect the sunlight, making it all the more beautiful.

We hope to finish the inside, the wiring and the plumbing, and move the girls into their new home before Christmas. Our vision is to have all the children in one place by December.

It is incredibly exciting to say the least and I thank you all for making this idea an incredible reality. There is so much left to do, but it's great to see the results of all our efforts so far.