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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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Some Needs to Note

Walkie talkies, the kind kids play with would help.

Baby clothes.

Equipment for babies. Cribs and high chairs can be purchased here.

Soccer Balls. Basketballs.


God in Charge, Sends Us a New Challenge

A new child has come into our lives. Her name is Claudine. In my arms and in my heart I carry this little girl.

Mama Arlene and Claudine Mama Arlene and Claudine

Claudine is two years old and appears to be 4 months old in development. She may weigh 15 lbs. This precious child suffers from starvation, scabies, God only knows what else, and is blind. She has cataracts over both eyes. She is an abandoned child needing what we have to give.

Doctor Petre an ophthalmologist from Sweden working at Kabgayi Hospital, a volunteer from his country, called and asked us to help.

He will do surgery on the eyes but in her condition now she would not survive anesthesia. His question was “will you take her for at least 3 months and see if you can restore her to health. He also said, “She will have vision after the surgery”. Praise God.

We could not say no and so she is now part of the family.

She will have special needs and special foods and a mama to care for her.  Do we need help?  Yes we do.  We especially need your thoughts and prayers.

We have sent her to the general hospital with Dr. Petre for tests to be sure she has no infectious diseases that we can not treat and if tests prove we can care for her she will come home in a few days to much “LOVE” at Urukundo Home for Children. The children did not want us to take her away even for a little while. We know she will come home soon. God willing. Please pray for this 2 year old infant.


The New Kitchen

There is still some finishing touches but we are cooking and preparing food in a much bigger and better Kitchen.

The built in stove can handle 6 different sized pots and the sink has two large areas to wash even the largest pan. Hot water is a real plus.

We thank everyone who helped us build a kitchen to cook for our kids and staff.

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News from the Guest House

Thanks to a new water line with bigger pipes we now have a good source of water for the residence at the guest house. This gift came from friends in Canada. We are grateful. Nothing is worse than getting all set for a shower, warm or cold then step into the stall and discover no water. The water is working fine now.

Surprise Package for Belise  

Belise had her seventh birthday. Seems like such a short time ago she came as our first under seven child.

Belise enjoying her surprise. Belise enjoying her surprise.

Natete, Esperance and Belise all had a March birthday.

Thanks to sponsors we had a cake with a big candle and fruit juice for all.  Can’t find little candles here.

Aline and the boys getting into the picture. Aline and the boys getting into the picture.