|JUNE was holiday time at Majengo…
And we asked Amina B, an 18 year old Majengo child to tell us how she spent her days on holiday. Here is a day in the life, in her words:My name is Amina Bakari. I am 18 years old. I am a form three student at Notre Dame Secondary School. [At] this time I am [on] my holiday at the [Majengo] centre. During holidays, I normally perform different activities at home. There are home activities and school work.
First I wake up at 6:30am. This time I usually do cleaning. The cleaning combines together environmental cleaning and my body cleaning. It actually takes like one hour and a half. Then after, at 8:00, I prepare breakfast for all and help with other kitchen activities. Preparing breakfast takes short time. When I finish I settle down at 8:30 am. I am busy doing my home packages* that I am. Given from school. The packages are actually like test that you are given from school to fill them [in] when you are at home, so that it can keep you busy. This takes a bit [of a] long time like three hours because I have to do it with so much concentration.
After I am done with the packages, I take my breakfast. After I complete taking my breakfast, I have to be in class for tuition**. In tuition we learn different subjects like mathematics, physics, chemistry and geography. [My] favourite subjects are chemistry and geography. Also tuition takes three hours and a half. When we are done with tuition, [our] teachers leave us with homework to do. After class I put my books well in my room and take my lunch.
When I am done with the lunch, it is time to refresh my mind because I am tired from class. [I like to have] fun by watching television. I watch interesting movies like Korean movies [such as] “Seven Heroes”. I take two hours only. After that I take time to have fun with my friends like making stories, walking together and exchanging ideas. When it reaches 5:00, I take a shower and prepare myself for dinner at 7:30. When I am done with my food, I do some simple cleaning in the dining room, so it is ready for watching [videos after dinner]. I can watch up to 10:00pm. [At} his time, I enter in my room. In the room, we are seven girls: Rachel, Debora, Neema, Supuko, Mariam, Hawa and I. We do listen to some songs and make fun stories. Finally I take my rest unitl the coming day and thank God for the day he gave to me.
*home packages is homework given by each child’s school for them to complete while on holiday.
**tuition is extra classes that Majengo facilitates to help the children gain proficiency in their most challenging subjects.