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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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Scholarship Fund Reaches 127 (only 173 more to our goal)

This project is a perfect example of how so little can go incredibly far in Rwanda.

A $15 donation covers one child for an entire year including: school fees, a uniform, shoes, a backpack, pencils, and notebooks.  All of this is purchased for only $15.  (and note that Hope Made Real, as a volunteer organization, passes on 100% of the donation.)

Our goal was to send 300 children to school for 2009 and I'm proud to say we've so far raised scholarships for 127 children!

Our Goal for 2009: 300

Scholarships given in 2008: 240

Number of gifts to date: 127

Scholarships not yet funded: 173

To help you see the amazing impact you are having, we thought we would share with you the faces and names of 75 of the children who will have the benefit of an education in 2009.


Your gift can make a difference in the lives of these children and more. Send your gift, online donation or mail to:


Hope Made Real
Dr. Patricia Brown Tres.
301 Overdale Road
Pittsburgh Pa. 15221

Mama Hope's Successful Surgery

Mama Hope after surgery Mama Hope after surgery

One of our wonderful Mamas, Hope, had throat surgery November 6, 2008 at King Faisal Hospital in Kigali.

Urukundo kids and staff along with Hope's family want to thank everyone for prayers and support during this critical time.  We thank God for her good recovery.

Our 40th Child Joins Urukundo Village

On November 18th, we were blessed with a new baby boy. He arrived to us with no last name, no birth date, no history.  He is an abandoned baby.     

His name is Laki (pronounced Lucky). He is a real cutie.  We think he is about 1 year, 8 months old. (We are judging this by his teeth development.)  He is a dear little boy but needs a lot of love and care and special feeding as malnutrition has done some damage.  The strange hair and puffy face are signs of malnutrition.  Check back next month for a picture that should hopefully see a great improvement.  David, our first abandoned baby, now has a playmate, and Laki now has a family.

We are expecting an abandoned two-month-old girl next week.  After that, we will be able to accept one more baby, boy or girl.  We must limit the babies we can help to four until we know we have the resources to care for more.  Please donate if you can.  Your prayers and hopes are appreciated.

The Girls Have Moved into Their New Home

The outside work on the girl's home has yet to be done.Construction on the inside of the girls home is now complete. We finally have glass in the windows and the girls have moved in.  Blankets to cover the windows will work until we get material to make curtains. The windows keep out the mosquitos and the blankets at night give them privacy.

It is beginning to look nice as you can see in the picture, although there is still much work to do on the outside of the building.

It is so wonderful to have a real home for the girls and we thank you all for your support as we create a stable and solid home for our children.

Laundry Day (and a look at how we use our water efficiently)

At Urukundo Village, where the children in our direct care live, we wanted to give you a look not only at Laundry Day in the back yard, but also how we make the most of our resources.  This tank gathers the rainwater from the roof so that every drop we capture gets put to good use and helps us to further make ourselves self-sustainable.

Laundry day in the backyard. Laundry day in the backyard.