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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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A Look Ahead at Our Future Plans

I want to share with with our future plans for building a life here for these children that will see them into their future.  Our plans are to one day build a Chapel, a Clinic for the community and our kids, a Nursery School for working parents with small children, An English Primary and Secondary School where English and Kinyarwanda will be the working language, two more homes for Orphans and a home for Street Kids needing a place of refuge.  It may sound like a lot, but look how far we have come.  There is much work to be done and teams are needed and welcome.  Anything you can do to help us in restoring this wounded part of the world is appreciated.

How do you say no when God sends a baby?

Surprises come every day here at Urukundo Home for Children and in the month of July we were presented with a great challenge.

This baby was thrown away. No father, no mother, and no name. Just a child of God. He was found in the bush and brought to us by the police asking us to care for this two-month-old baby.

He is very special as he now has a family of 38 brothers and sisters, a mama (me) and a papa (John) who love him very much.  We are not set up for a two-month-old child, but we have the most important thing a child needs: lots of love.  Keep us in your hopes and prayers as we take on another challenge in the children God places in our lives.

Realizing the Need and Stepping up to the Challenge

It is clear to us now that this will not be the last thrown-away child that will come to us.  So we will need to plan for the future of a nursery with a mama and those things needed to care for infants.  Most of the things we need, like diapers, cribs, blankets and clothes, can be purchased here.  I guess the bottom line is that we need the money to buy the things that all babies need and to build a home to care for them.

We can give these babies a future.  I am praying someone or a group of someones will want to help us build the house for babies thrown away because a mother can't take care of them and survival is the key.

Please pray for this child's mother. She must have struggled for two months to care for her baby and could not. I do not know her circumstances, so I do not judge her. I just know how heartbreaking it must be to know that if you keep your child, it will die, and to throw it away may give it a chance for a better life.
I am thinking that this is another reason why God has been so faithful to the work of Hope Made Real. We serve in mission and serve children.

We have named him David Chad Kayitare. Yes, John and Hope have shared their last Name with him.

With this child's arrival comes another: we have found a young woman who is an orphan of the genocide and needs a home and some little money to live.  She is now the mama for David as she will be caring for our new child, bringing two together and helping restore the families and communities of Rwanda.

God gives us so much and expects much in return.  Join us in celebrating this new child in our midst.

Our Visitors in July from Pennsylvania, Vermont, and the United States Senate

We would like to thank our fantastic visitors in July from Pennsylvania, Rev. David Shultz and his son Chad, and our hard-working visitors from Vermont, counsins Kyle Arnold and Olivia Shumlin.  They worked very hard and made a real difference while they were here.  Check out the picture gallery to see their work on the girl's home and a road for the village.


A Visit From Three US Senators

We were honored to meet with Senators Tom Daschle, Mike Huckabee, and Bill Frist.  Unfortunately, we did not have a camera on hand, but I was able to have conversation with all three Senators on a one-on-one basis and to tell them about Urukundo Home for Children and give them the business card for Hope Made Real.  I do not know what will come of this, but it was good to meet with them.

Progress on the Girl's Home: Building the Roof

Progress on the girl's home continues with the beginning of a roof.  It's remarkable how quickly it is coming together as you can see the last few months progress on the girl's home here for comparison.  It looks like our girls will have their new home as soon as November.

We have been able to hire four young students who are working during the holiday between trimesters.  Not only does this help us get the girl's home done faster, but it helps them earn money for secondary school, improving themselves and the community.


Farming and Weather

The weather continues to be unpredictable in Rwanda.  It is unusual to have rain in July, but it is happening. I am looking forward to September when we will plant our first real garden on our own land.  How wonderful. The land is cleared, leveled and is getting filled.  It will take a lot more fill before it is ready for planting but the soil is rich.

Half of it will be American and the rest Rwandan. We have seeds from America and are going to experiment with them. Lettuce, radishes, peas, carrots, cucumbers, squash, etc. This month, August, I will start tomato and pepper plants. Three months from planting to harvest does not seem like enough time for these vegetables to mature. We’ll see. The best part of all this gardening is I can supervise but fortunately don’t have to do the work nor pull weeds.

Donna Doutt, Presbytery Kiskiminetas, from Yatesboro, Pennsylvania is sending us Mammoth Russian Sun Flower seeds to experiment with. These flowers could give us chicken feed.  Whether a success or a failure, I will send you pictures so you can see how our experiment goes.  This work really is fueled by your ideas and efforts, so our thanks is extended to Donna and all others for their great work.