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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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Happy Birthday Mama & December Newsletter

December is always a special month. The activity at Urukundo is topped off in joy because all the kids come home to spend some time with the Urukundo family.

Except for our 5 in the USA; our kids were all home. We do miss them. But know they are where they are meant to be.

The month ended with Mama in the USA. What a blessing to spend time with both my families during my birthday month!

Here is a taste of life at Urukundo Home in December.

December 9th, Mama’s birthday celebration

Urukundo little kids singing Happy Birthday to Mama.

Food, Fanta, and cake makes birthdays special.

Dec 10th,  JP leaves for education in the USA

John Paul, far right, saying so long for a while.  We will miss you, JP and love you so much. Do your best and come back home.

Love, Urukundo kids, staff and Mama.

Katrina sharing

So much love shared between Claudine Katrina & Rebekah.

Katrina, Me in my birthday dress and Joe. I think I am thinning down just a bit. No girlish figure yet.

Claudine made a new friend. Joe who came to travel with John Paul to the US was a favorite with all the kids.


Signs of our times. Dental is OFFICIAL!

Mama was blessed this month by a visit from her cousin Raymond Stiner. Raymond was in Rwanda for a short time. I am so grateful he found a time in his busy schedule to visit Urukundo. Raymond is very special because he is the grandson of my mother’s brother. Uncle George was very important in my childhood.

Prince, Luki & Soso.  Look at the sports; basketball, karate, and soccer.  The medal on Prince is for soccer. We are an active group.

Wish you could hear the voices as the children sing.

Christmas Urukundo on Dec 22.

Staff Celebration Office Staff

158 staff and kids celebrated the day.

Community Day.

We were blessed to share the day and it’s blessings with near 500 children and youth. What a glorious day!

Gifts for boys

Gifts for girls

December 25th, Christmas Presentation

Anitha, our Nursing student wrote and directed the program.  

Christmas for Urukundo kids.

Thanks to so many of you our kids had a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

Tree in boys house. Gifts for all!

Jean Marie’s daughter, Lana Arlene, was a special Christmas guest.

Graduation for Sewing Center

Jean Marie cut the ribbon as Exec Director of Urukundo Foundation.

The walk from the school to graduation ceremony.

Graduating class

Salute from a proud Mama to the class of 2016.

Sewing Machine given to Top Student to honor our patron, Tom Nunnally

The Sewing Center was Tom’s vision and he not only purchased machines but gave scholarships to help students to achieve their goals.

Tom is missed by all at Urukundo.  His legacy will live on.

Diploma in hand.

Mama & Baby Project

Four of our 28 December babies. It is very cold.  We have a need for more hats; larger and infants sizes.  Thank you.

Claudine & Joe and Sam share smiles of joy.


The Kent family chose to spend Christmas with Urukundo and our kids.

African Nativities are a work of art and heart.

We do hope the come visit again. Thank you Kent Family for making our Christmas special.

New visitors are always welcome and loved and become part of the Urukundo Family. Then there are those who are family and return year after year. Liz James is one of those. Each time Liz comes she brings another member of her family.  Husband Rob, sons Keenen & Skyler and beautiful daughter Bella have come but at different times. We look forward to a return visit from all. Liz and her family are also supportive of our brother, Tresor in Arizona. The James family lives in California. Tresor is house & dog sitting while the family is away. Thanks a bunch!

Liz and Skyler check out the shirt the kids gave him for Christmas & The Nativity Liz received.


Learning Pathway

Memorial stone added to the path. 

Other News

Last but not least. Mama's leaving for a time of refreshing, healing and loving family in America.


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

Help make their world a better place.


Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve devotions our children give gifts to our visitors.  The children love to give as well as receive.  What a wonderful time was enjoyed by all.

Staff & Children Christmas Party

Staff and their children Christmas party at Urukundo. Sumbosa, drink and gifts. 
159 attended. It was fun for all.

Mama and her babies cutting birthday cake

Mama’s babies; Jason, Jacob & Janett help Mama cut the birthday cake.

November 2016 Newsletter

November started out great but went down hill in the middle of the month.

Why?  Mama got very sick. A urinary tract infection, kidney stones, and a stone in the gall bladder did a number on yours truly. I landed in the hospital. One good thing that occurred was during this was my daughter, Patricia.  Patricia flew to Rwanda to be at my bedside. That was the best possible medicine. After 6 days in the hospital and some improvement, I was able to come home to continue my medication and recovery. The recovery has been slow.  I am not yet back to normal but I am working on it everyday.

Even though her visit was short, Patricia visited Urukundo Village.

Claudine and Patricia playing a match game.


Urukundo School.


Gitarama Birthing Center


Kyles’ last day was spent playing foote ball with the kids in the front yard.


Urukundo Learning Center celebrated it's 5th graduation. 

It was a wonderful event. Here are a few highlight.

Our Graduates Forever, Soso and Isaah.


Proud father

Benjamin (our Maintenance Manager)’s child, Chuzuzo was in the graduating class.


Diplomas given the class                    


Urukundo hosted a two women team from GEI. The purpose was to interview teachers who had experienced the Drama teaching program formerly presented by Drew Cohn and the team from Buffalo Collage, Buffalo New York. Many of you will remember when the Anne Frank Project first came to Urukundo Learning Center and how successful it was. Theogin and Remy–Paul were the teachers chosen to meet with Kate and Solange and take part in the interview. Thank you teachers for giving up your Sunday to be a part of this worthwhile project.

Theogin, Kate, Solange, Remy-Paul


Olive Kate, Solange, Kyle


School progress

The new furniture for Primary 5 arrived and is waiting to be placed.


Our kids have this month and next as a long holiday from school. They are having fun just being together, playing soccer in my front yard and doing other fun things.

Johnny has a new puzzle.  It is a map of the United States. Combining fun with Geography.


Birthday party at the Day Care


Prince and Soso building with magnets.


Photo Gallery


Hope you enjoyed the Gallery also hope I did not miss any of the children.


Another visitor Callie Scott from Pittsburgh, PA took part in the Graduation.

Kyle, Mama, Callie

Learning Pathway

New stone on path. 

Urukundo kids and Urukundo Foundation wishes all our friends and sponsors:

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2017