PHOTOS: A day in the life of a sponsored child

A day in the life of a sponsored child | World Vision Blog

What do your sponsored children do on their days off from school? Have you ever wondered what a weekend or school holiday looks like for them? Meet 10-year-old Peggy from Zambia and see how she spends a free day. (Photos by Collins Kaumba/World Vision.)

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6 a.m. -- Wake up and pray!

The roosters are crowing, the sun is rising, and Peggy jumps out of bed, refreshed after sleeping in. On a school day she usually wakes up at 5 a.m. No matter the day, Peggy starts each one with prayer.

The roosters are crowing, the sun is rising, and Peggy jumps out of bed, refreshed after sleeping in. On a school day, she usually wakes up at 5 a.m. No matter the day, Peggy starts each one with prayer. “When I wake up from my bed, I kneel down to pray. In my prayer, I say, ‘Jesus, you have blessed me that I have seen a new day.’ Then, I also ask God to protect me,” Peggy says.

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6:30 a.m. -- Morning chores

Peggy leaves her sleeping hut and grabs a broom to sweep the house

Peggy leaves her sleeping hut and grabs a broom to sweep the house's surroundings. Her next chore is to wash plates, but she has to draw water first from a nearby stream. As the eldest of four children, Peggy is a busy girl who happily helps her parents without being asked.

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8 a.m. -- Breakfast time

Peggy’s mom has been cooking for much of the morning, and now it’s time to eat.

Peggy’s mom has been cooking for much of the morning, and now it’s time to eat. “Today, we are having some pumpkins and fresh (cooked) groundnuts for breakfast,” says Peggy.

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8:30 a.m. -- Picking tomatoes for neighbors

One of Peggy’s friends stops by to ask for some tomatoes.

One of Peggy’s friends stops by to ask for some tomatoes. World Vision trained Peggy’s parents to grow nutritious foods for their family to eat and to sell for income. They also generously share the produce with their neighbors.

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10 a.m. -- Digging up cassava

The morning is warming up and the sky is getting clearer. Peggy sets out with her two brothers, carrying two hoes and a machete, for a 20-minute trek to their fields.

The morning is warming up, and the sky is getting clearer. Peggy sets out with her two brothers, carrying two hoes and a machete, for a 20-minute trek to their fields. They work hard harvesting some corn and digging up cassava roots. Cassava is a nutritious plant that requires little water to grow. Its leaves can be cooked like spinach, and its roots can be boiled like potatoes or ground into a vitamin-packed powder for porridge.

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11 a.m. -- Preparing lunch

Peggy returns from the fields and helps her mother prepare a lunch of nshima — a corn porridge — served with chicken, okra, and pumpkin leaves.

Peggy returns from the fields and helps her mother prepare a lunch of 'nshima' — a corn porridge — served with chicken, okra, and pumpkin leaves.

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  2 p.m. -- Studying

Even though it is a school holiday today, Peggy insists on studying.

Even though it is a school holiday today, Peggy insists on studying. Much of her incentive to study comes from her World Vision sponsor, who gave her pens, pencils, and inspiration. “About two years ago, I received a letter from my sponsor, but I could not read it because I didn’t know how to read English. Someone had to read it for me. This is why I am working hard to learn how to read, write, and speak. (Now) I am able to read English well, and I want my sponsor to know this so that we can be communicating.”

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3 p.m. -- Playtime and more chores

Every day, Peggy gets together with friends and they play her favorite sport called “Game,” a keep-away game with a ball.

Every day, Peggy gets together with friends, and they play her favorite sport called “Game,” a keep-away game with a ball. Then, it’s back to work! “When I finish playing, I come home to assist Mum with cooking, washing plates, and babysitting while she is preparing dinner for us,” says Peggy.

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7 p.m. -- Dinner and bedtime

Peggy’s father has returned from selling tomatoes at the market.

Peggy’s father has returned from selling tomatoes at the market. His hard work is an inspiration to Peggy, who dreams of being a successful businesswoman when she has finished her education. For today, the sun is setting, and Peggy and her family gather for dinner. “After having my dinner around 7 or 8 p.m., I go to prepare my bed, pray, and sleep,” she says.


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    Lindsey, WV Staff

    Hi Erin- so glad you liked this post! I think the photos and showing a 'day in the life' does so much to connect us to our sponsored children. Where does your sponsored child live?

    Thanks,
    Lindsey, WV Staff

    i was always wondering how my child's life looks like, cuz i am not able to visit her in Niger so far. Thank you for sharing this article and those beautiful pictures.:-) Wish one day I could visit my child.

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