A Day In The Life…

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.