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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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Our First Month of the New Year

Greetings and best wishes for the new year 2009. The new year came in with a bang and not all of it good. We have been victimized with an enemy known in the US as "the flu." It has gone through the kids and some of the staff. So far it has not found me. I hope it does not. I am so grateful for the vitamins we have received and are giving to the kids every day. I am sure it would have been much worse had the kids not been in good health. David has had the worst time. We took him to Dr. Theo yesterday and he has developed Pneumonia and Bronchitis. Please pray for him and all the kids.

- mama Arlene

Our 2009 Education Total: 329 children!

You have gone beyond my wildest dreams and hopes.

329 children have received the assistance needed to attend school. Our goal was 300. We have reached that goal and exceeded it. This is 329 real children who will be able to attend school in 2009 that otherwise would not have been able to.

You are the best.

Our Secondary School Kids

Our kids did exceptionally well on the National Exams. The extra study time with a teacher in the evenings payed off. They are very pleased and the younger kids now know how important those evening classes are.

Secondary school is equivalent to High School in the United States.  Going away from home is always scary and it is no different for the 7 kids from our family. Secondary school is a boarding school. King David Academy, a school in Kigali, has accepted to take our kids at a reduced rate because we are a home for orphans and abandoned children. We are blessed as we could not send the kids to a better school nor could we afford the full tuition cost.

Leaving them there was difficult and the first week they all wanted to come home. It is better now, but the food is not as good as home. Sound familiar?

Divine, Anett, Esperance, Lucie, Penina, Alexandre, and Tresard Divine, Anett, Esperance, Lucie, Penina, Alexandre, and Tresard

Our Baby Calf is Born

At last our baby has been born. She is beautiful and looks like her mother Blossom. Her name is Daisy.

An Update on Turkey Time

Well, as you all know it was my desire to have all white turkeys on the farm. Too that end we bought a white Tom for breeding with the white hen. I also bought a black Tom and several hens to be our Christmas dinner. Sounded like a good plan.

Didn't work.

The day before Christmas I sent word to the farm manager to slaughter three turkeys for the Christmas dinner and he did as directed. However he wanted me to have the biggest turkey for our dinner and so the white tom was selected and is no more. Needless to say Christmas dinner was not good for me. The kids had no such problem and enjoyed the meat very much.

Our turkey population is growing as we now have 6 chicks hatched from our own eggs and I hope one of them is a white Tom. We shall see.