A day in the life….

Girls Washing

Saiesha washing clothes at the river

We have asked some of our young people to tell us about what it is like for them to live in Portswana. This helps those of you in the wider world to understand some of the good and bad things about being here but it is also a great way for our young people to learn to write in English and to use computers. This is a day in the life of Saiesha Artoli.

My name is Saiesha Artoli. I am 13 years old and live with my parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters in Portswana. I am going to tell you what happens in my day. I wake up at 5.30 and help my mother to collect firewood. I then walk to the well to get water for breakfast. As I am the most oldest I wake the others and help them get ready for school. We make breakfast which is normally Kissra bread and sometimes stew made from beans. We also drink water or tea. After cleaning up and washing I get ready for school which I enjoy very much. We are lucky to have a school in the village which is in Mrs Manamas courtyard. If it rains we have no school but it does not rain much. I walk to school with my sister and brothers and arrive at 8.00. At school we have classes in English, maths, science, health studies and cookery. My favourite is English and I won an award for being top in the class last week. We go home at 12.00 and help around the home with my mother. My brothers help with my fathers herd of goat and tending the maize crop. I like to read after we eat in the evening. I then go to sleep after I help put my youngest brothers and sisters to bed.

Living in Portswana is good on most days because I get to spend lots of time with my family and friends and I love learning. It can be very hard when we the droughts come though and we get hungry. My younger brother Pubudu died two years ago which was very very sad. I miss him and pray for him everyday.

In the future I want to be a teacher like Mrs Manamas. I would like to go to University and also to travel to Europe.