Arlene Brown founded Urukundo Home in Gitarama, Rwanda following the genocide. Little by little she managed to build the home to where 54 children now live. Older children attend boarding schools and college, returning home for school breaks and vacations. 300 children from the community attend K-5 school at Urukundo.
Land adjacent to the home became available to purchase. The price for the two parcels of land (2+ acres) and homes was $85,000 USD. While Urukundo was able to obtain $30,000 in commitments from donors, they would need to borrow the remaining $55,000 to make it work. Unfortunately, banks in Rwanda charge 19% interest on property loans making that options unrealistic. So The World Orphan Fund provided a 0% interest loan for $55,000 over 30 months, and they paid it back two months early!
At Urukundo Children’s Home they build classroom facilities just ahead of when they’re needed. We provided a grant for the construction of a six-stall bathroom for the older children (new grades 4-5) at the school. It serves a critical need for capacity and separating children by age group. The school has 300 children enrolled, most coming from the local community. Modest tuition from local parents completely pays for the teachers.