Then it’s school for the children: our children go for the most part to Dayspring Primary School directly opposite our orphanages, in which – in contrast to state schools – the curriculum is taught during classes. In addition, the class size is relatively manageable (30-40 children in each class, compared to 100-130 children in a state school).
Some of the older children also go to the local public school. Overall the clock ticks by a bit slower in Tanzania than in Germany – the children however have to be in school for 8am on the dot for roll call.
As well as taking care of our vegetable garden, the children are also on a water and cleaning rota. Furthermore, the guarantee of hygiene counts as one of their daily tasks. All of this takes about an hour and a half to complete every day.
Through the integration of these duties into the children’s daily lives they learn from an early age what it means to take on responsibility and to pitch in and help. It is one of our biggest concerns to facilitate a sense of responsibility and discipline in the children, and with that the ability to help themselves.
When the day slowly ends and it gets dark, the children have finished their duties, they long for dinner or to play a bit more outside. After eating, they mostly sit down together, play with each other or watch a film that the interns show them on their laptops.
In the evenings, after tutoring, playing, or preparation for the next school day, the children mostly read or play before they go to bed at 9pm. And of course there is a bit of chattering in their rooms, before they finally close their eyes.
Most interns are from Germany, Austria or Switzerland, and so are always bringing new impressions, games and stories with them. In addition, the children learn a Christian worldview from them, as well as from their carers at the orphanage: Our little ones are raised with Christian values; which is very much supported by the small church in the village. On Sundays all our orphans go to the village church. They always really look forward to when they can dress up for church and take part in all the singing, dancing, and almost always drumming.
The ethical values give the children a lot of support, hope and guidance in their young lives.