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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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Monday
Apr302018

News from Urukundo Home for Children

School in session
 
School is back in session for the second term. There are three terms in each school year. The kids are ready and excited. You can see that in these photos, taken the first day of the second term.
 
P6 kids went to school an hour earlier, so Claude, Luki and Aline are not in the photo.
Claude Luki and Aline.

Monday
Apr302018

Word of the month: respect

We learn, discuss and practice.

Monday
Apr302018

The farm and the rains

Rain, rain and more rain -- and the walls at the farm came tumbling down.
Stones and bricks can build them up.
And the chickens will be safe.

Hard to believe, but the norm here is a cycle of three months of wet and three months of dry weather.

We are experiencing the eighth month of rain. Not sure when it will stop. This is nature playing tricks on Rwanda and possibly all of Africa. Our prayer is that eight months of dry does not follow.
Pastor Yves’ property shows major damage after heavy rain destroyed his walls and buildings.
The home of Libby, our cleaner manager and my house worker, is in shambles because of the rain. Then, the next day after the damage, her toilet was destroyed. Still, she comes to work smiling. Still, it rains and it’s very heavy rain. The people suffer.
Too much rain on our mountain, and homes are destroyed and people die.  Except for retaining walls built in our early years, we do not use mud bricks. So our buildings and walls are safe compared to homes of the very poor.
 

Monday
Apr302018

Big production

This mama had 12 babies.

Monday
Apr302018

Kitchen improvements

We’re using what we have and improving: better office facilities, better storage rooms and computer training for my daughter Serephine, who completed culinary arts school and works at Urukundo. Inventory and costs are now done on a spreadsheet.
 
Another effort is aimed at a better cooking area and directing smoke out of kitchen. Hope it works.

After it is successful, we will paint, tile the floor and have a more desirable kitchen.
 
Wood burners make a lot of smoke and are not healthy.