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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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Visitors from the U.S. in June

I had hoped to share pictures of Cindy Grieshaber and her daughter Jillian from Bethlehem, PA teaching Tennis to our kids, but alas my computer crashed recently.  Hopefully they will be recovered soon and I can share them as well as pictures from the visit of my Grandson Timothy Brown from Williamsport, PA.

I want to thank them for all the help and work they did while they were here. The kids want to know when are they coming back.  Me too.

Computer Problems Slowed My Correspondence This Last Month

Today, I'm posting all the great news that took place in June.  I am fine even though you have not heard from me.  Computer problems continue to plague me.  This time it was not the internet, but actually my computer that took a turn for the worse.

Most computers can be repaired in Rwanda, but the Mac is not yet supported here.  The repair people won’t even look at it, which I guess is good since they could do more damage by not being trained for that work.  There's a job opportunity for someone versed in the Mac who'd like to come to Rwanda.  More and more people are needing that service here, not just me.  The Mac seems to be very popular with Americans coming to work in Rwanda.

Fortunately, two wonderful people from the U.S., Paulette and Rich Whitekettle, parents of my friend Christie who works with Food for Hungry, were ready to return to the US and offered to take the very sick computer to the Apple store where they live.  The sad part is that the technician at the store said there was water in the PC and the cost of repair would be over $800 USD.  This is a lot of money for me.

I am currently working on a Dell now and a gentleman from Austria gave me his old computer, a Toshiba, but alas I know his intentions were good but the thing is in German and I do not know German. Oh, he did tell me I can go on line and get the words I need to use it.  We’ll see.

Enough about the communication problems. I’m back with the Dell and am praying for the return of a good used Macbook to replace my old one.  Fortunately, I still have a backup of all my files.

Settling Into the Boy's Home, Laying the Foundation for the Girl's Home, and Much More

There is much to report for the month of May on Urukundo Village. For those new to Hope Made Real, Urukundo Village is our new home that we are currently trying to build on land that we actually own so that our work and these children have a place they can truly call home.

Our Great Progress

We have purchased 2.4 acres of land and it is ours, completely complying with all Rwandan government regulations, bought and paid for.  We are so happy to have land to call our own, to grow our good works, and to give these children a true sense of the word "Home".

The boys moved into their new home on April 23rd, 2008 on what was a joyous day and a small house for the caregiver in charge is also completed. It will initially be where I live and then for whoever follows me.

We have also bought a small house close to the boy's home and are renovating it to use it as a charcoal kitchen.

We have built roads to the existing buildings for easy access. Electricity and water have not been easy to get connected to both houses.

The Girl's Home in the Early Stages

In this photo you can see the foundation is nearly completed for the girls home. We need your help to complete this project both financially and with your thoughts and prayers. Living in two different areas is not good for us and hopefully we will be rejoined once the Girl's home is completed.

Our Play Area

Lastly, we have completed the play area to keep our kids safe. This consists of a basketball, volleyball and tennis court combination and a Karate practice area. It is good to see our children doing the thing children should do: just enjoy being kids.

Your Help and Support Make It Possible

Thank you again for your contributions and support. Please help bring our children together in one place enabling us to better care for them. God has been good to us. Things are changing here and making the right decisions is so important. Please pray for wisdom for yours truly as we proceed.

350 Chickens Means a Bounty of Eggs

We now have 350+ chickens. It is incredibly exciting.

This will create income for the Urukundo Village, helping us to be more self-sustainable in the years ahead.

A Memorial Center to Honor Those Who Have Shared Their Love

There is a lovely garden where a Chapel will be established. In that garden currently stands our Memorial Center in the form of this simple tiki hut. It is to remember those who have supported Urukundo Home for Children in Hope Made Real Village.

Ada Esther Griffith, deceased
Herbert Beaver, deceased
Mary Richardson’s Mother, deceased
Elma Arlene (Musser) Gsellman, In her honor.

Your memory and contribution to our world will always be with us.