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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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Holiday Over Means Haircuts for Everyone

Thanks to a gift from Nancy Jacobs and her family at Saint John's In Newberry, PA, we can do our haircuts ourselves. Having our own razor is wonderful and will save us money each month. 37 haircuts counts up fast. Thank you Nancy and Rick.


Old Swimming Holes, Even in Rwanda

What a joy when a human-made lake was discovered where our kids could get wet and the water is safe. Cows also like this lake. Even in Africa the "old swimming hole" is special.

Our Newest Chicken Babies Were Born

Our newest babies were just born as part of our chicken farm project. There are 250 chicks in this group. Note the charcoal pot that keeps them warm. They are inside a home made incubator protected from the outside, predators and the cooler air.


Our First House Is Built!

Our first house is beautiful. The boys moved in on April 23rd. Our goal was April 30 and we made it. Praise God. The plumbing and electricity are not in yet but we know how to live without them, so it's not a problem.

What joy to be able to play basket ball until dark and not have a long walk home, to have a room where you can move and play. The move also required the boys to adjust to a new school.
This has been quite a month for the them.


Hello, I am Divine, one of Mama Arlene's children of The Urukundo Home for Children in Muhanga District, Rwanda. I am Mama Arlene's "first born". No, I am not the youngest. But I was the first girl-child to come to live under Mama Arlene's roof. Now thirty-five others have come. All of us are fully housed, cared for and given an education. And, an additional 245 children from the region join us at the community school with sponsored scholarships from Hope Made Real's Scholarship Program.

I came because I could no longer live in my family home. Others come as orphans because all of their living relatives have died of AIDS or malaria. Still other older children are survivors of the genocide.

Each of us now has our own bed. The girls are housed in apartments with bunk beds with a house-mother. The boys live in a house with four bedrooms and four bunk beds in each room with a house-mother. Because of kind people I am most fortunate to now have food, bedding, clothing, school supplies, a mosquito net, lodging, education, medical insurance and basic medical care, utilities, transportation, and, of course, water.

Mama Arlene rents the houses we currently live in, but we recently acquired land and are building the first of five cottages. The plan is to have ten children and a mama or parents in each cottage. This means our little home will grow so that soon I will have fifty brothers and sisters.