One of the fantastic things about these children is how they
care for on another and develop lifelong friendship with their classmates. When
they first enter the school, they are divided into groups of 15 with each group
having a leader. These groups are called families because they behave like one.
They roam around, interact, and take care of each other. If one kid falls sick,
the leader informs the superintendent and the rest of the group takes care of
us the students have a strict daily routine that they follow. Although they do
the same exact things every day, they consider themselves lucky of receiving
food, shelter, education, and friends. Shown to the side are their daily activities.
Twice a month, the students will get dessert and seasonal
fruit. On Saturday they cut their nails and the girls put medicinal oil for
lice. On Sundays in the night, they will have music and Adivasi tribal dances.
Many multi-religious festivals are celebrated including Dewali, Christmas, and
Ramadan. Sweets are offered and the importance of each festival is explained.
every day the electricity shuts off from 8-11 in the night, which is the time
the students need the light the most. One reason that this happens is because
India is starved of electricity. So in a 25 x 25ft room, 20 students study
under a 15-watt bulb provided by a lamp. This lamp is powered by a back-up
a country with poor hygiene and poor drinking water, sicknesses frequently
occur. These include dysentery, fever, headaches, and diarrhea. Medicine and
care is provided by the superintendent and headmaster. The parents are not
there to care for them.
of the environment in which they live in, these kids have become fearless and
have developed and great tolerance for pain. They can pick up snakes and
scorpions without fear and if they get bitten they will not panic. One example
is how a kid had broken both his hands. He was taken to a hospital and had an
operation. He looked on the operation and never cried. He was 12 years old.
6:00 –wake up
6:30 - exercise
7:00 - prayer, review
multiplication tables and take
7:30 – hygiene care & cleaning school property
bathe & wash clothes
9:00 – study
10:00 – lunch: rice, curry,
vegetables, and chappati
11:00-5:15 – classes
- recess & snack
5:15-6:15 – study of environment and P.T. (personal
6:30 – dinner (same as lunch)
7:30 – prayer, time tables,
shlokhas (religious rhymes),
attendance, & health check
8:00 – study
10:00 – sleep