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In this issue of Notes from the Field we are highlighting what many of you have asked us about; what a day looks like for your sponsor child. Well, hopefully this will give you some vivid perspective of what 'A Day in the Life of a Sponsor Child' looks like. As always, we hope you enjoy it. If you enjoy it please to share it, email the links and tell your friends about it! Thanks for your continued support!

Text of Notes from the Field - Issue 3

  • A Day in

    the Life o


    notes from the field

    issue 3

    a Sponsor


    Images and Stories Collected by Joshua and Tammy Moses 2012 Asian Aid Australia.

    November 2012 // Issue 3

  • In the Morning

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    If Im a day student sponsored for education and I live in the city, this is where I wake up.

    It wasnt always like this; before if we couldnt afford a house we lived on the streets in make-shift houses made out of tin.

    We normally walk or take the bus to get to school, but thats after weve finished off any last minute homework we couldnt finish the night before because the electricity went out.

    We dont always have electricity, but were used to eating, studying, showering and helping out around the house by candlelight.


    If Im a boarding sponsor student, this is where I wake up.

    My room that I share with many others.

    I may be far from home, but here Ive made a lot of friends who never let me sleep in and miss


    In the Morning

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    Water is considered precious for us. When I lived at home, and even now in

    my dorm, we are taught to not be wasteful with water.

    Before we go to school we make sure were clean and smelling fresh, but we dont have a shower, we have a bucket


    Its hard when its winter time since we dont have hot water. In the summer bucket-baths are refreshing from the

    heat, but if the monsoon doesnt bring lots of rain our wells dont get full.

    In the Morning

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    My Breakfast

  • Our menu depends on what is growing at that time of year.

    Dishes like Khichdi (rice and dry lentils), Dal Bhat (lentil curry and rice) and

    vegetable fry are our favourites.

    There are lots of different fruits we can eat, but sometimes they are expensive

    so we can only have them a few times a week.

    Sometimes we only eat twice a day, but dont worry, we can eat a lot!


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    Heading to School

  • Some of us take a bus, and some walk. Some of us are boarders and we dont

    have to walk very far.

    Though our roads and paths are often muddy or dusty, we keep our uniforms

    pretty clean, its a part of being well presented and disciplined.

    There is an ancient tradition we use to get to school. It is called walking!

    Some of the day students in city schools will take the public bus to school if it is too far to walk. Though its nice to sit with friends on the bus, they dont like the pollution and how many people try

    and fit on the bus. Sometimes people hang off the sides!

    We make sure in rainy seasons to carry umbrellas, but sometimes our school uni-forms get muddy and dirty from all the



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    At School

  • Some of us take a bus, and some walk. Some of us are boarders and we dont

    have to walk very far.

    Though our roads and paths are often muddy or dusty, we keep our uniforms

    pretty clean, its a part of being well presented and disciplined.

    Our day usually starts with an assembly.

    Depending on the school we will sometimes sing our national anthem,

    sometimes have a prayer, or even do a few stretches to work out the

    morning kinks and aches.

    If we perform well school and treat each other nicely, we can be nomi-

    nated as class leaders. It might give us more responsibility but we like it.


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    The classroom is where the action happens. We are told that if we are to be successful in life we must try hard and learn a lot in school.

    Our teachers make us work hard. Sometimes depending on the school we learn three different languages; like Hindi, Telegu and

    English. We all have dreams of what to do when were older, and we know we have to study well for these dreams to come true.

    At School

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    Some of our classrooms have pictures or posters on the wall, but most are pictures weve drawn. We would love to have more

    posters and pictures!

    At School

  • Most of the classrooms were in have desks. We all have strong bags and we get new uniforms

    every year. This way we look and

    feel pretty good!


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    A lot of our schools give us lunch. It is by far the loudest time of the day. See, in our countries the plates and cups are all

    made out of stainless steel. When you add all that clanking to our talking and laughing it can get really loud!

    School lunches are usually a small meal of rice with some sort of curry or vegetable fry. Eating with our hands is tradition in

    our countries, but sometimes we use forks. Either way, after were done we wash and dry our dishes and

    hands; were pretty particular about keeping them clean!

    My Lunch

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    Leisure Time

  • Cricket is a sport enjoyed and played by most boys at our schools. Even the ones who dont particularly like to play still

    know all the famous cricketeers. We also carry our national pride with our love for cricket; well defend our country in any match

    anywhere anytime!We all try and teach the younger boys how to bat and bowl.

    Sometimes it is frustrating because they dont bowl well, but they have to learn some how!!


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    All of us who live on campus have dinner together.We sometimes have to help in the kitchens, either

    cutting vegetables or stirring massive pots of rice. Its a good place to be in the cold winter, but in sum-

    mertime the kitchen is quite hot! Depending on the season, we get a good variety of vegetables that many in Western nations have never

    had. Some are really tasty and some are not!

    Dinner Time

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    In the winter months if we have no electricity it makes

    studying at night difficult since the sun sets so early.

    In the summertime we enjoy long hours of sunlight so we can still study even if there is

    no electricity.

    Thanks for having a look into a day in our lives. There may be a little bit that we left out, but we really do want to include you into our lives! Wed love to hear from you as well; wed love to include reading a letter

    from you into our day and hear about what your days are filled with!

    In the evening time we usu-ally study after dinner. After we do our chores that is! Our chores usually involve

    keeping our rooms and bathrooms clean, and help-

    ing clean the kitchen up after dinner.

    Good Night!

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