Volunteer Charlie Manning asked five children to tell her about their day to day lives at Acts of Hope.
From left to right: Kreeti (14 years old), Karan (above, 12 years old), Arjan (below, 8 years old), Dhanya (10 years old), Nikhil (14 years old).
What time to you get up in the mornings and what do you have for breakfast?
Nikhil: 7am and I eat some rice.
Kreeti: 6am; I have bread.
Ajan: I get up at 7am. I eat rice and samba (tomato curry).
Karan: 7am to eat bread.
Dhanya: 7am. I have a chapatti.
How do you get to school, what’s it like and what do you see on the way?
Nikhil: My dad brings me to school on his motorbike.
Kreeti: I come on the school bus. I like it.
Ajan: I like to come on the school bus too.
Kriti: There are lots of vehicles and shops, such as stationery shops and Aishwarya supermarket.
Nikhil: I see big vehicles like lorries.
Kreeti: We see dogs in the road.
Ajun: And pigs.
What happens when you get to school?
Kreeti: First we go inside the classrooms. We put our bags away and go straight to assembly.
Nikhil: We wish the teachers good morning and we pray.
Kriti: And we sing the national anthem.
What is your favourite subject?
Ajun: Maths. I like times tables!
Karan: I like English, because it’s easy for me.
Dhanya: English. I like filling in missing letter sheets.
Kreeti: English – it’s easy for me and I try to speak it more.
Nikhil: I like Hindi because Hindi is easy to read. I also like learning about history and geography.
What happens at lunchtimes?
Kreeti: We get the school food.
This has been happening for about a year now: the children get provided with free lunches every day at school.
Nikhil: It’s normally rice and samba.
What do you think of the food?
Ajun: We like it!
(They all nod)
What time do you get home and what do you do then?
Ajun: I get home at 4 o’clock. Then I do homework for two hours. Then I watch TV.
Karan: 3.30 p.m. I also do homework. Then I play some games…like hide and seek.
Dhanya: 4 o’clock. I will wash my face and change my dress. After that I play games.
Kreeti: 4. I wash my hair and face and eat some food. Then I do my school homework. But later I’ll read.
Nikhil: About 3 o’clock. First I change and eat. Next I will read. I like to read about all subjects for my lessons.
What do you want to do in the future and what makes you happy now?
Nikhil: I want to become a military man in the Indian army. Now I like playing football.
Kreeti: I want to be an air hostess but now I like to play games and study.
Dhanya: I want to be in the police.
Karan: I’m going to be a software engineer. Now I like playing games.
Ajun: Engineer! Now I enjoy playing games.