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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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Child of the Month


Egide came to Urukundo on May 7, 2011.
This is my favorite photo.

Sorry, Soso and Egide. Mama could not resist this photo.

Egide is a beautiful boy with love to give.  So happy we were here to help heal his little heart and return the love.
The Vice Mayor from the Muhanga District brought Egide to Urukundo. His story is limited. We do not know his date of birth, but, based on his growth and his teeth, we believe he was 4 years old.
This is the story brought to us:
A young woman was seen walking into the water at the lake carrying a small child close in her arms. She was wading out into the deep water, holding her little boy with tears running down her face. A woman who was watching felt something was very wrong and called for help. Several men nearby came at her call for help and went into the water to bring the protesting mother and the little boy to safety. The mother intended to drown herself and the little boy. Both she and the boy were pulled from the deep water in time to save them. We are so thankful for the person who came along at the right time.
His mom is Vestine and she is in a hospital for mentally disturbed persons. We are hoping she will recover from the trauma she has lived through. We pray for her.
Egide is a fine young man and very handsome. He just started fourth grade.
In December 2017, Egide earned his orange belt in Karate. He had a white belt and advanced so well that he skipped the yellow belt and now is orange. That is quite an achievement. Congratulations, Egide and Sarah.


Excursion to the Lake

It's a short walk as the crow flies to a manmade lake near our home. OK, so not near if you are walking up and down the hills, but an enjoyable walk for kids and adults.
Resting after the walk.
The lake really does exist. We love it.
There's jubilation on their successful return trip home. Pastor and Chanel took charge.


More December Visitors

Oversight from last month: A few hours was too short a time with these guests: Kaze Baranshamaje-Dulac, her son Kami Dulac and cousin Brian Katarebe.
Kaze and Kami are from New York City, USA. Brian is from Kigali, Rwanda. Hope they can stay longer next time.


Special Visitors for January

Meredith Lu and fiancé Alex came to Urukundo mainly to introduce Alex to her Rwandan family. Their wedding will be in June 2018. Meredith has been family since 2009, and she is an important part of the family. Welcome, Alex.
Meredith has photos of the kids since they were babies, and the kids enjoyed seeing themselves as babies on her computer.
Saying good-bye is always hard, but saying good-bye to three of our family -- Meredith, Alex and my great-grandaughter Chanel -- at one time is especially a time for tears.
P6 kids in school uniforms


Chanel Leaves

Sad to see Chanel leave. She is such a blessing to this Great Gram. She is so kind and thoughtful.