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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Adventurers & Explorers
  • Language:English
  • Pages:270
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781098305475
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098305468

Hope Made Real

The Story of Mama Arlene and the Children of Urukundo

by Arlene D Brown and Patricia D Brown View author's profile page

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Overview
The morning Arlene Brown read in her hometown newspaper about the abandoned children in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, she did what few retirees would ever consider doing. She joined with a mission group to make the long journey to Africa. Her memoir, Hope Made Real, is filled with rich experiences and courageous actions. Her writings reveal that the most important journeys we make can't be measured in miles, but in the strength, wisdom, and love found along the way. Woven throughout the pages, Arlene shares stories from her childhood that help the reader make sense of her life-changing decision. Her years of raising a family of five, working as a practical nurse, volunteering in the prison system, and her many years laboring in a high-tech factory suddenly come together. All of this, and none of this, prepared her for what was ahead. The book draws in the reader as she tells of her escape from an erupting volcano, is smuggled out of the country with the aid of the United States Embassy and runs from angry African bees. Her story reads like a detective novel as she unravels the secrets that lie behind the façade of some of the early players. Hope Made Real is filled with memorable stories of the children whom she touched with her love and from whom she in turn received so much more. Eight pages of pictures illustrate her life from childhood to Founder of Urukundo Foundation and Executive Director the Urukundo Learning Center, Muhanga, Rwanda -- its primary school of over nine-hundred children, the Sewing Center to train seamstresses and tailors, as well as the Dental Clinic, farm and so much more.
Description
The morning Arlene Brown read in her hometown newspaper about the abandoned children in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, she did what few retirees would ever consider doing. She joined with a mission group to make the long journey to Africa. Her memoir, Hope Made Real, is filled with rich experiences and courageous actions. Her writings reveal that the most important journeys we make can't be measured in miles, but in the strength, wisdom, and love found along the way. Arlene is a deeply revolutionary woman who, in these pages, shares her wild and sometimes frightening adventures. She speaks with refreshing candor, about her own successes and mistakes. This inspiring "eye-opening" book shares all the ups and downs that such a life-changing decision entail. It is soul material, human and tragic, funny and touching, deeply spiritual. In this book you will not only learn why Arlene gave up everything to travel to Africa, but what continues to drive her in her ongoing vision of a better kinder world. Woven throughout the pages, Arlene shares stories from her childhood that help the reader make sense of her life-changing decision. Her years of raising a family of five, working as a practical nurse, volunteering in the prison system, and her many years laboring in a high-tech factory suddenly come together. All of this, and none of this, prepared her for what was ahead. Arlene's move to Rwanda, and what she believed would be her final chapter, was the beginning of a whole new book. With many chapters still to come, now at the age of ninety, her life continues to move in strange and wonderful directions. Saving the world may be out of her purview. But, with courage, tenacity and most of all love, Arlene continues to make a difference in the small undertaking allotted to her. When people ask her if she is a missionary, she tells them, "No". Instead she describes herself as, "a woman with a mission." Mama Arlene's quest to help repair the world happens to be in Muhanga, Rwanda—the home of Urukundo Learning Center. The book draws in the reader as she tells of her escape from an erupting volcano, is smuggled out of the country with the aid of the United States Embassy and runs from angry African bees. Her story reads like a detective novel as she unravels the secrets that lie behind the façade of some of the early players. Hope Made Real is filled with memorable stories of the children whom she touched with her love and from whom she in turn received so much more. Eight pages of pictures illustrate her life from childhood to Founder of Urukundo Foundation and Executive Director of its primary school of over nine-hundred children, the Sewing Center to train seamstresses and tailors, as well as the Dental Clinic, farm and so much more. Rarely do women take the risk to break away and begin a second chapter post-retirement. Honest and down-to-earth, without apology, she challenges others to answer their own calling to servant leadership. Mama Arlene's extraordinary story is a lightning rod to the head and heart stimulating us to get out of our easy chairs and challenges us to do something meaningful with our lives.
About the author
Arlene Brown began her life in Africa in 1996, at the age of 65, as a relief worker in refugee camps following the Rwandan Genocide. In 2004 she made a permanent move to Rwanda to work with non-profits for children. In 2006 she began her work creating a home for vulnerable children in Muhanga District. In 2010 she established Urukundo Learning Center a school for children of low and no income families in Cyeza Sector, Muhanga District. Arlene was raised in a rural anthracite region of Pennsylvania in the USA during the Great Depression, the first of seven children. In her married years she worked in nursing and industry. Arlene raised five and is a grandmother to seventeen, and great-grandmother to twenty seven. She believes that her present work in Rwanda is her final legacy.

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Michelle
Hope Made Real Hope Made Real: The Story of Mama Arlene and the Children of Urukundo by Arlene D. Brown is a memoir of a woman with a mission.  The book recounts Mama's adventures after her retirement at age 65 highlighting her struggle, her determination but most overwhelmingly her LOVE.  I was a teenager when I first heard about Mama Arlene and her courageous move to pack up and move to Africa.  As an adult in mission leadership, I had the opportunity to reconnect with her and hear her speak last year.  I knew bits and pieces of her story but was absolutely blown away reading her memoir.  I loved the suspense and watching Mama grow in experience and confidence.  Her mission embodies best practices of being in mission WITH others not FOR them.  Hope Made Real is the largest employer in the Muhanga District modeling this core value.  I can't wait for the next edition of her memoir! Read more
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