Saturday, November 23, 2013

School Update

This is from a recent newsletter that Arlene Brown wrote to share with those that are just discovering the Urukundo Learning Center.

We believe every child should be given the opportunity to learn to read and write and reach his or her potential!!! Each child is unique. Our purpose is to provide educational opportunities for children in need and equip them with moral values to become independent, productive citizens.

Urukundo Foundation is a non-profit organization serving the vulnerable children of Cyeza Sector, Muhanga District, south Province, Rwanda, Africa. The need for affordable education for orphans, abandoned and very poor children in Rwanda is critical. Urukundo Children's Home and Learning Center under the umbrella of Hope Made Real in the US is building such a school system.

Having now established the Urukundo Learning Center (ULC) we have even tester outreach to children in the community. UCL includes Phase #1 of the Cyakabiri Preschool Project. It has 3 completed classrooms and presently serves 150 children with a staff of 6 teachers, a crossing guard, night guard and maintenance man.

Phase #2 Primary grades 1 and 2, each with two classrooms, is completed and 94 students will be attending in January 2014. In addition we have 1 room for the library and a combined music/art room. The primary school at present has three teachers and a security man at night. We need to employ 3 more teachers for January.

The project at present is to construct and equip 8 more primary classrooms. In time this school will include all elementary grades with 2 rooms for each grade.

Urukundo owns the land that is needed for this project. Donations will be used to help construct and equip the remaining classrooms. Please contact Carol at for more details to partner with us to provide education to so many children.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Graduation Day

Thank you for being patient while I took a break from my BLOG. I needed to focus on setting up classroom to classroom partnerships with elementary schools in State College, meet with those interested in going in 2014, speaking with local organizations and churches and working on fundraising for the many projects. I am excited to also share that I will be featured in the December issue of Town & Gown in Lunch with Mimi. What an amazing opportunity and an amazing woman to sit down to lunch with.

But back to Graduation in Rwanda. This year, this October, we had 37 six year olds finish Kindergarten at our school at the Urukundo Learning Center. Graduation to first grade is a big event so parents and families came to honor their children's success. And with kids graduating that means openings for 37 more children to enroll into our preschool.

I'll let the photos tell the story of this special moment in so many children's and family's lives.