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July 2017 Newsletter

Hello from Urukundo Village

We are please to reveal the new Logo for Hope Made Real

Love it.

The month of July is a dry month in Rwanda but beautiful. We look forward to the rains starting in August. Agriculture is our focus during the 3 months of rain. This is also the month the second term of school finishes and our secondary kids come home for a short break about 3 weeks. Our little ones love having the older brothers and sisters home with them.

On July 4th an important holiday takes place in Rwanda.  Liberation Day is a national holiday commemorating the day in 1994 when the killing stopped, marking the end of a 100-day genocide that left nearly a million Rwandans dead.

On that same day July 4th we celebrate Independence Day in the USA.

 It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.

July 4th is a special day both in The USA and in Rwanda. A day we share. Celebrated very differently. IN Rwanda a long walk to the stadium and many speeches in memory of that day.

In the USA we celebrate with Family, fun, picnics and fireworks. Ok, Yes I miss it all but especially the spectacular fireworks display.

Take a look

Anyone have an idea who these two people from my past are?

Child of the Month: Luki Medland

Luki’s Story

Luki just turned 11years old and is a healthy, happy boy and in Primary 5 (Fifth  Grade Level).

Luki came to Urukundo when he was about 6 month old.  We were surprised one afternoon when we had a visit from a social worker carrying a little baby boy in her arms.

The story is an older woman in Gitarama came into her house from outside to find a little baby boy sitting on the floor just inside her front door. There was a basket beside him with some clothes and a paper stating his name was Luki.  The older women called the District for advise, as she was not able to care for the boy. The social service person brought Luki to us.

Louise Midland from the UK and working in the president’s office at the time was on her weekend visit to Urukundo when Luki arrived. He reached out his arms to her and she lost her heart instantly. Louise asked at once could Luki be her little boy? I was delighted as finding a sponsor is not always easy.  Louise remained in Rwanda for three years and was a part of Luki’s development. She helped him learn to walk and speak English with the UK accent not the same as USA accent. Luki loves her and she loves him. He has Louise’s last name, Medland

When Luki was three years old, another three year old little boy arrived and he and Luki became best friends. Claude was the opposite of Luki in many ways. Luki was light and Claude was very dark skin toned. Luki is tall and thin. Claude is shorter and of stocky build.

Luki’s passion is Basketball and Claude’s is Foote Ball.  Luki is the serous one and loves science projects like the one he received from his mom, Louise.

Both excel in school and both work hard to be # 1 place in their grade.  The boys help each other with homework and sports.

Where you see Luki you see Claude.

Do opposites attract? In this case they do and it has been such a blessing for both boys.

Watching Luki grow I am sure he will be very tall and he is already very handsome.

Luki’s dream was to go to England to be part of Louise’s wedding celebration this year. That did not happen. Visas for children are hard to get in Rwanda.

Luki now has a complete family. His stone a gift from Peter & Louise says it plainly.

Prince and Soso are the half pints on luki’s team.

Coach Luki and little brothers Prince and Soso.  Luki is dedicated to Basketball.

Luki playing basketball here with friends on our field. In case you wondered Luki is not the tall one in the green shirt. That is Joe.

Luki today

Visitor In July

Our only long term visitor in July came from Texas

Alicia is a fifth grade teacher in Texas and so fit well in our school.

Alicia Warren Johnson

Her happy cheery smile was a blessing to all.

Alicia teaching the preschoolers Spanish. Now they will have four languages; English, French, Spanish and their mother tongue Kinyarwanda.  Awesome.

Alicia was a delight to have. It was difficult saying good-bye to some of her students. Others were in school. 

Development in Progress

It was necessary to remove ground to build a retaining wall at the area where the new class rooms were under construction. Where to put the dirt?  Now it made good sense and also saved us money and labor to use the dirt in a practical way.

The perfect place for the dirt was the soccer field. It was not level and the kids got scrapes and burses playing on that field. We had talked about digging down and leveling the field.  The question. Was it necessary to remove earth to level the field and make it safer?

Wouldn’t it be just as good to level and widen with the fill dirt removed from the school area. Yep, that is exactly what happened. We now have a great soccer field and in the pictures below you will see a great retaining wall at the construction area for 3 classrooms.

Site where the excess dirt and high bank had to be removed.

Dumped clean fill dirt on the field before leveling.

Rather than digging down to level we decided to use fill dirt from the school and level and widen up instead of down. Killing two birds with one stone. (Another of my dad’s sayings)    Lookin’ Good!

The back view where the dirt was removed and the retaining wall built

Big project


Showing where the old classroom connects with the new construction. Well not so old but previously constructed and in use.

Front view of new buildings.  Blue door is where the buildings connect.

Another big job.  There are 11 count the tails.



Welcome home Lilliane. We had a pleasant surprise when she picked up the guitar and played it very well.  Lilliane, Diescor and Tresor sang in worship with Lilliane on the guitar. It was wonderful.

It is so great having Tresor home although it is for a short time. He returns to Arizona State University in August for two more years. The kids were so happy to welcome both Tresor and Lilliane home. We would have been complete if Solange could have joined them. 

More Farm News

We were so blessed when a group from State College developed a project called, Fill the Coup.

One of our main sources of income is the chicken industry. We purchase one-day-old chicks (they are so cute) and raise them for 3 1/2 months.  In my youth, we called the babies, peeps. However like all baby animals and birds they do not stay 1 day old as they grow they do not stay cute.

Near Finished Project

Construction finished just a few more used bricks and we will have a Great walkway.  We now have 3 new baby calves. Only one in photo. Others visiting mothers for food.

Short-term visitors

Tom Gardner a Journalist from the Economist Group out of the UK came asking for an interview. It was interesting.  What he wanted to talk about is a sore subject in Rwanda. Discretion is the better part of valor. I do not do interviews well on delicate subjects.

Divine, our Kigali University ambassador surprises us with visitors. They come for a few hours and are introduced to Urukundo and the kid’s in Divine’s family.  

Martin (dad) and Mairie (daughter) Hutchison  were visitors from Scotland, UK.  We had a nice visit with them but much too short.

Mairie browsing through our 10-anniversary photo book.


Mama & Baby Outreach


Mama and baby Outreach needs hats please.

Thank you every one who pitched in and sent new born clothes when I sent out an appeal. We are so grateful for your love, caring and sharing.

1  of 17 precious babies born this month. 

Hours & Hours Spent

Egide and Claude are accomplished Lego builders.

This was not an easy accomplishment for these boys.

Until next time

Eight of Secondary kids home 2015-2016

4 missing

New current photo coming in August Newsletter

Bosco, Belise, Anitha, John Paul, Desere, Emmanuel, Esperance, Dada

In closing, I leave you with this thought:

The vulnerable children of Rwanda and the world.

Opportunity is what they need. Your love. Their lives, Our world, You can make a difference.

Your most appreciated gift can be sent to the address below or use the Donate button at the upper right- hand corner of the screen:

Hope Made Real
PO Box 3222
Williamsport, PA 17701

Much love,

Mama Arlene
Urukundo Foundation/Hope Made Real


Urukundo Essay by Sarah Smith

Love. Urukundo is the Kinyarwanda word meaning love. How incredibly fitting. This astonishing school and orphanage, decked with blue and white buildings, is the creation of Mama Arlene. Immediately, we were greeted oh so enthusiastically by all of the school kids. They were so excited to shake our hands and give us hugs and high fives. One of the classes even sang their days of the week song for us! We then were led on a tour of the expansive grounds – from the school classrooms to the kids’ sleeping quarters to the dentist office in the middle of a patient visit.

All the while, Jacob, a boy maybe 3 years old, held my hand and trudged along in his black rain boots through the whole tour. Eventually, I had to break away from the group to walk him to his lunch. The group made their way to Mama Arlene’s home where we got to talk to her for a while. She told us her story of how she came to live and love Rwanda. She found herself at the Christmas church service worrying about the meal she was hosting for 75 people later that evening, she said that she “was a very busy woman, but [she] wasn’t a satisfied one.” There is a verse from Ecclesiastes that begs the question, “God has given you breath, what are you doing with it?” So, she found herself praying to get her life on a more meaningful track and she warned us, “be real careful when you pray seriously to the Lord, he may send you to Africa.”

With her newfound mission, it is easy to say that God won by unlocking the potential of a phenomenal servant, but Mama Arlene said, “God didn’t win, I did.” Now, she has a Christmas that is not about presents and is not about Santa Claus. Urukundo does those things of course but the focus is on the birth of Jesus, because that’s what it is all about. She remarked, “It’s so great to celebrate Christmas as the birth of Christ and not the birth of Santa Claus.”

Mama Arlene sees herself as “simply a Christian serving the Lord and doing [her] best to fulfill His mission.” She is carrying out this mission through operating Urukundo, a school for 465 children and a full-time home for 26. Urukundo is a safe haven for children that are without families. The pure love and care that surrounds them here is incredible. We asked Mama Arlene about adoption in Rwanda and she said international adoption isn’t allowed after Rwanda backed out of the Hague agreement due to believing that they lost too many children in the genocide. Adoption within the country is allowed but Mama Arlene said, “don’t you dare take one of my kids for someone here. When children are taken out of orphanages here, they are made to be servants and are abused as second-rate citizens.” Such a wonderful home has been fostered at Urukundo that a child whose mother was in jail but was soon to be released told Mama Arlene, “Mama, when my mother gets out of prison, I will visit her on holidays, but I’m going to stay at home with you.” Urukundo is home. Urukundo is love.

Posted with permission from author: Sarah Smith, student at Southern Methodist University


June 2017 Newsletter

Halfway through another year.  Time goes by so fast when you are busy doing what you love to do.  Urukundo continues to expand. Reaching out to more children and adults in the community through education is our top priority.

Urukundo Learning Center and The Sewing Center (a Tom Nunnally project) continues to reach young people with a career opportunity. 


The Dental outreach (an extension of the Drew Cahoon project) is a progressive endeavor.  Serving the public and teaching Chair side Dental Assistants as a profession.

Education is not our only outreach.


The Mama & Baby outreach is growing as more of the very poor are acquainted with this vital help for new mamas and their infants.


Sharing clothing our children have out grown with those in refugee camps is also an important outreach for our children.


Sharing with Our Donor Support Group

Tell It Like It Is.

Urukundo Foundation/Hope Made Real has a five (5) year plan. Expanding the school, offering education to more children in the community is a major part of that plan.


Build more class rooms for Primary school

3 each year for 4 years



Thanks to our donors, we completed the goal for the first year: 2016. Three class rooms completed and in use 2016.

Building on Faith.  GOD IN CHARGE.

The work began for the second year, 2017. Digging and laying the foundation is in progress.

Our contractor, Felix is a good man and trusts Urukundo Foundations word. So far our credit is good. Hope to keep it that way.


The metal fence in front of the building project is to protect the children from the work area since work is being done when school is in session.  These three classrooms need to be completed and ready for use by December 2017.

Help us make this project another  “Hope Made Real" please!


10 work days later


Child of the Month

Sarah's Story

Sarah’s story is a true example of GOD IN CHARGE.

A Rwandese man on his way to work was late and so decided to take a short cut across a field to get there closer to the time he was expected. On his travels he would pass a half demolished mud brick house.  It had no roof and some of the walls were destroyed by the weather.  As he hurried past the not quite house he heard a sound he did not recognize. Thinking it was a hurt animal he stopped and went closer to the structure. Looking in he saw on the mud floor a tiny naked baby girl. The little one was no more than a day old as her umbilical cord was still fresh.  He put aside his need to get to work took off his shirt and picking up the baby wrapped her in the shirt and hurried with her to the district office. Thank God he did. The district Vice Mayor then brought her to Urukundo.

When we received her it was apparent; Sarah was a very sick baby.  We recognized the symptoms and administered a heavy dosage of penicillin. The magic cure.  It is possible the mother had no money to care for a sick child. It must have been very hard for her to leave her baby girl.

After the penicillin treatment, Sarah was fine and is now a very beautiful, healthy, happy little girl.

Sarah is in Primary 3. She does well in school.


She loves to sing and dance.  She helps care for the younger kids, holding their hands as the come for vitamins and walking to school.


Sarah is learning to play the violin.  Her sponsor Keena (a violinist) gave her a gift of her first and second violin. Sarah & escorts. Two beautiful violins.  

Sarah has not decided what she will be when she is grown. That’s ok she has plenty of time.

More about David.

David came to Urukundo as a three-week-old baby boy on July 11, 2008. The mama’s were thrilled. David was precocious from the very start. He was our reason for starting our preschool Indirectly but yes he was the reason we started Urukundo Learning Center.  With help from his sponsor Meredith we enrolled David in a local preschool. David was too advanced to be staying in our nursery. David finally refused to go to that preschool because the other kids according to David “were crying babies.” He wanted to learn and that was not happening. Observation led us to discover it was simply a glorified babysitting program. There was no teaching.  We needed to get David out of there and start a teaching program of our own.

David excelled in everything and still does. He is usually first in his class. He loves studying the planets and is excited by underwater exploration. His favorite study in nature is the California Redwood Sequoia tree. He loves complicated Lego projects.

His present challenge is learning to play the guitar. He strums and sings. A bit nerve racking but a mom tolerates what makes her child happy and David is happy with his new found talent. He is improving and one day will be the expert guitar player.

We are so grateful for the child size guitars sent to us from the caring music people in the USA.

Next months child, Luki Medland

Meet Edison and brother Jerry.  


The boys are actually brothers. The youngest was named by me as a namesake for my son, Jerry in the USA.

The boys are sons of our Personal Manager, Juliette.

Juliette was our first mama in 2006 coming to Urukundo home for Children before we were official.  Juliette showed great potential and a desire to atain higher education. It was our privilege to send her to The School of Finance and Banking. Preparing her for employment at Urukundo Foundation as Financial Secretary and Auditor. Now several years later and a promotion Julliette works as Personal Manager for Urukundo Foundation.

After graduation from University Juliette married her love and came to work at Urukundo. She is the proud mama of those two handsome boys.

Visitors for June

Kyle Jerro is home at Urukundo for the fifth (5) year in a row. Kyle hails from several places in the US. Nevada, Texas & New Jersey. He has accomplished his Ph.D in the years he has been coming to Urukundo.

His next move is to Essex, UK and a career in teaching.  We are so proud of him. He is family and he and his family are sponsors, loving our kids. Thank you Kyle and the Jerro family.

Visitor from Indigo Non-profit

Benjiman Western is from the UK. He is one of the founders of INDIGO a non-profit for volunteers. He and his co-founder Holly came to Urukundo 3 years ago and now he is here to know the kids and programs better. In October 2017 he is bringing a team of 22 volunteers to Urukundo. This is an international team from many countries. Australia, USA, China to name a few.

Benjiman was quickly adopted into the Urukundo Family because he loves to sing and dance and plays the guitar, He teaches guitar starting with David and Luki and loves kids.

We hated to see him go. His visit was too short. FOR SURE.

Check out their website. This might be just what you are looking for.

Benjiman and Urukundo Kids exercising


A very welcome visitor

Alicia Warren Johnson is a graduate of North Texas University. She is a Primary 5 Science teacher at George Truett Elementary School in Dallas, Texas.  Our students hope to connect with her students as we both explore Science.  We are excited to compare the science taught in the US classroom to the science being taught at Urukundo Learning Center.


Alicia playing foote ball with the kids in mama’s front yard.



Join us in congratulating our Urukundo daughter, Lilliane Wishavura on her graduation from King’s Academy High School (secondary school) in Mohrsville, PA. She has been living in Schuylkill Haven, PA while in the US.

Lilliane has been in the USA for the past two years. We are so happy to welcome her home. Congratulations Lilliane.


We thank her sponsors The Stock Family & the Maroncelli Family for making this actually a “Hope Made Real” for Lilliane. You all did a fine job for our girl. Bravo!!

She will enroll in Akilah Institute for Woman starting classes in July if we can ever get through all the paper work.

Challenges are never ending. Up-date as we proceed.

Sponsors alert.

Sponsoring is not all about money (although that does help and is important) sponsoring is more about love and caring.

You can connect with your child.

The kids love to get email letters and snail mail. Mama prints the email and the kids have them to share. A short note is appreciated.

The poste is doing a better job and cards and letters do come Postal service.

Claude loves getting cards and small books from his sponsors, Donna & Roy.

Claudine is delighted. She received an email from her friend Laura and she was able to read it without any help.  The progress this little girl is making is super.

Progressing from a blind 3 year old to a seeing and reading 11 year old is indeed a tribute to her determination.

Mama makes a copy of emails addressed to the children and gives it to them. They will reply. Make a child happy. Write.

Bus Update

Bus is still in the used bus lot.  One day it will be ours.  Can’t give up. No, No, NO.

Challenges never cease

We have known for a long time wood for cooking was becoming scarce and the price for a load of wood kept going up.

Finally we need to make a change. We are investigating the possibility of going totally gas. Our bio- gas is a big help but we are not producing enough. Monday June 26 a representative of the propane gas company in Rwanda is coming to investigate our need and to give us an estimate of cost.

The tank is free. We pay installation and purchase the cooker (stove) After that we only pay for the gas. Much like in the USA I think. I am hoping it proves to be cost efficient.

We are also looking at ways to increase the output of bio-gas.

In closing, I leave you with this thought:

The vulnerable children of Rwanda and the world.

Opportunity is what they need. Your love. Their lives, Our world, You can make a difference.

Your most appreciated gift can be sent to the address below or use the Donate button at the upper right- hand corner of the screen:

Hope Made Real
PO Box 3222
Williamsport, PA 17701

Much love,

Mama Arlene
Urukundo Foundation/Hope Made Real


May 2017 Newsletter

May was a wonderful month for Urukundo but for me personally it was not so good. Yep, this is the changing of the season when I catch a cold and cough my head nearly off. Two weeks was not enough this year. I am much better finally. Cough is gone and I am finally recovering. I think most of the cure was sitting in the sunshine. Love that Rwanda sun.

Current Events

May 1 is National Labor day in Rwanda. Urukundo celebrates it’s employees with a Foote Ball (soccer) game between:

The Village team


The Learning Center team


Spectators get very excited

This year the Learning Center Staff won 5 goals to 3.  After the match a luncheon is served to all players. Competition over friendships remain. Good sportsmanship all around.


Where are all our Urukundo Family children now?

Do you know?

Here are 3 that are studying in the USA. Bringing you up to date will be fun for me. Of the original family now they are young adults

# 1 Solange Nirere


Solange Nirere is in Texas where she finished high school and she graduated on May 13, 2017 from University Of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) with a BA in Political Science. She hopes to go to Graduate school working toward a masters in Law. Some day she will be a judge.  Solange will soon become a US citizen.

Her family at Urukundo are so proud of her and all she has accomplished. She is a role model for all the brothers and sisters while she has here. Way to go Solange! We love you!

#2 Tresor Cyubahiro


Tresor is an undergraduate student at Arizona State University (ASU) in the USA working toward his bachelor’s degree. He comes home to Rwanda this month, May 16, 2017 to serve an internship at Carnegie Mellon University -Africa.

Our kids are so excited especially Jacob. Tresor is his best big brother. Photo taken when Tresor was about to leave for USA after completing his internship in August, he will return to Arizona to complete his University and achieve his Bachelors of Science in Engineering.

# 3 Lilliane Wishovura


Lilliane is a student attending Kings Academy in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania. She graduates June 10, 2017 from high school and returns home to Urukundo to attend Akilah Institute in Kigali. 

This photo is Lilliane from 3 years ago. I am eagerly waiting to see the change. June’s newsletter should have that picture. Three years does make a difference.

May's Child: Johnny's Story

Shortly after David arrived our second baby boy came. Once the door was opened we could not close it. We were blessed again. We named him, Johnny. I am thinking God opened the door and did not intend for us to close it.  Johnny was a month old when again the Police and Vise Mayor Alice came to the door carrying a bundle of distressed, kicking, crying little boy baby. He really was a big boy even at one month. He had been found in the bush. Now I am not sure exactly where that is but someone found him and brought him to the police.  The police brought him to the district and then to Urukundo and he is now and will remain part of our family.

Johnny is a passionate child and loves beautiful things. He is my flower child and every day he brings me a flower. The problem with that is he picks the flower from my flower garden and only the very best one. I could never scold him for picking my flowers. He shows his love and love is so important.

Johnny is an excellent student and has been #1 in his class through preschool and now in Primary so far.  He is an award winner.  In first grade, he got an award for being the best reader of English in his class of 70 students. He is a good athlete but likes books more than sports.

When he grows up and finishes university, he plans to become a Bank Manager. Maybe even own his own bank. Hey, we dream big. Why not?

Johnny in first grade.

John today

Johnny has become a young man and is a great, big brother to the younger children. Oh yes, he is now John not Johnny. He decided to make the change. Yep, Growing up.


Our children are delighted when they hear from their sponsors.

Claude received books from his sponsor and shared the joy with sister Rebekah.


Tresor arrived home as scheduled

Diescor accompanied Mama to the airport to welcome his brother home.


Progress at the farm

Using the materials from the house we demolished we are building more pens for the cows at the farm.  Waste not want not. Good slogan. We practice what we preach. Materials are never thrown away but recycled.

I spent the morning inspecting the farm.  This is the present housing for 5 pregnant female cows.  All 5 cows came out to greet me. How awesome is that.

Land prepared and foundation being laid for additions expected in the near future to the cow population. We are hoping for all female calves. We hope to raise a good herd of milk cows.

New construction in progress.

One week later

May 29 Progress continues

Mission Outreach For Urukundo Dental

Centre Marembo Organization is an NGO for abused, vulnerable girls and young women.

In May, Nicolete Nsabimana the Director sitting at Mama’s desk.  Nicolete Nsabimana brought 13 of the girls to Urukundo for a dental checkup and treatment.


After the girls’ received their dental checkup and treatment lunch was served.   



Treatment includes: fillings, cleaning, extractions, etc all were done. The next date for more of the girls to come for scanning and treatment was set. We hope this service will benefit both Centre Marembo and Urukundo in Mission.

Internship at Urukundo Village

Intern Felix Tuyigenge

His name is Felix. He is a student at University of Technology and Arts in Byumba (CUYTAB) his study is early Childhood Development minor in Social Service. Working with the children in our home and in Daycare is right down his ally. Felix will be with us for one month.

Internships can last one month to three months depending on the level of the school the student is in.

Urukundo receives interns for extra training on site at the Farm, School (Social Service, Teaching), Dental, Kitchen (Nutrition) and Home/Village.

Daycare Children 

Three of the 14 children in day care.  Jerry, these are the younger of the group playing at Mama’s house


He relates very well with the different age groups we have. You are most welcome Alexi. Happy to have you join us.



My kids sing a song, I love and the words in the song are “Make new friends but keep the old, One is silver the other is gold.” Otto Fisher from Austria is in the Old friend category.  He is pure Gold.  It was such a pleasure having a visit with this very dear friend on April 30, 2017. He even brought me flowers and chocolate. Pampering an older citizen. How thoughtful!

More Visitors

Laurien Sibomana from University of Pittsburgh


Laurien and his family are Rwandan and live in Pittsburgh, Pa, USA.  He returns to Rwanda periodically working in his field of expertise.  Laurien works with Diabetes #1 patients through out Rwanda and in our local hospital. He and I and Sewing Instructor Theresa hope to establish a class at our sewing Center for his charges.  Teaching sewing to help these young people so in need of a way to make a living and to have a better life is another outreach Urukundo can do help to the community around us.

Working Volunteers

Teaching is part of the volunteer program when volunteers arrive at Urukundo. This program is not only at the school but at Urukundo Home/day care. Teaching is not just a school responsibility. Play is also a great teaching tool. Laura Rowling is teaching the P4 & P5 kids to play the board game, CLUE. All our children are exposed to and are learning Checkers, Chess, Chinese checkers, and puzzles according to age.  Dominoes, Connect 4, Mix & Match, Scrabble, and Lego’s are a few others that they learn and play. 

Kyle & Laura. They are a neat couple.

Laura teaching with kids how to play.

Kyle Uricchio is a Journalist and Musician. Our music program is so happy to have music teachers come to spend time in our teaching program. Kyle teaches guitar and piano. Working with our teacher Mr. Bonone and Ryan Sanford (Peace Corps worker) Kyle is able to add another dimension to our school of music. His time with us is short but so appreciated. Devotions in the evenings is exciting as he teaches our home kids new songs and plays and sings for them. Thank you Kyle.

Kyle, Tresor & Diescor took part in Sunday worship service.


Laura, Talia enjoy a reunion with Divine.  This is Laura’s second visit to Urukundo.

Talia is our top volunteer. This year marks 10 visits in 10 years for her. She is a blessing to us and we look forward to her return each year. She has grown up with our kids

Talia is a graduate of Penn State University USA and has a bachelor’s degree in African Studies. 

Final photo before departure

Visitor from Germany.

Kathirn Hegger is working in the Rwaza District of Rwanda. She met Divine and decided to pay us an overnight visit. Her visit was short but very good. Our kids liked her very much.

Important Need-Bus!

The bus is priority at this time!  Please consider sending some funding to help either with the purchase of the much needed bus!

In closing, I leave you with this thought:

The vulnerable children of Rwanda and the world.

Opportunity is what they need. Your love. Their lives, Our world, You can make a difference.

Your most appreciated gift can be sent to the address below or use the Donate button at the upper right- hand corner of the screen:

Hope Made Real
PO Box 3222
Williamsport, PA. 17701

Much love,

Mama Arlene
Urukundo Foundation/Hope Made Real


April Special: Little House 

Thanks to you all for the feedback and questions.  I do appreciate it.  To answer your questions about the little house.  

The little house was where I lived after moving out of the boys house in 2010.   We had converted it into a Kindergarten class room after I moved to the present house.   I bought my present house with my money saved for my old age in 2012 at age 80 thinking this might be my old age. 

The little house was not well built and the foundation was shifting and the walls cracking. It was no longer safe for the kids. 

This is the new classrooms for the students who were in the little house.  It was built before we demolished the little house.  In the picture you can see the little house is still there.  Now it is gone.

In this photo you can see the first preschool classrooms the empty space where the little house was and the new building.

Hope this gives you a clearer picture of the changes made.


Please consider sending some funding to help either with the purchase of the much needed bus or building the new class rooms, an ongoing project filling the open space in the photos. 

The bus is priority at this time we have $7,000 & to buy the bus the goal is $16,000. $9,000 to go.


Can you or your family help?   Any gift to help would be appreciated.


Lots of love,

Mama Arlene