Living at Hope is like living in any large family, only this family has lots and lots of children. With such a large family, the older children help the younger children, There is always excitement, fun and …problems that have to be dealt with.
Mornings start early (6:00 am) when staff wake the children and help them dress and groom for school. Once the children are dressed and ready for school they enter the dining room for a hot breakfast of tea, rolls with jam and peanut butter and sometimes porridge.
Everyone goes to school of one sort or another. Government schools in the village range from pre-school to primary, and secondary and high school. For children that are learning disabled and mentally and physically handicapped, special classes are held right at Hope. Each class is taught by a dedicated and trained teacher.
Each child takes a small snack of fruit, bread and butter or cookies to school for a midmorning snack. Most children return home for lunch which is the largest meal of the day before returning for afternoon classes.
After school, the children are expected to immediately return home, change their school clothes and shoes and do their assigned chores. Children with home work go to the library room and at least one staff member is assigned to help with homework. Other children read or play games if it is raining or play outside if the sun is shining.
By 4:30 pm the younger children are bathed and then served a light supper. Once the younger children are finished with supper they play and prepare for bedtime at 7:00 pm. The small dining room is cleaned up and older children are called for supper. They are usually quite hungry and enjoy the time for eating and talking to one another. Bedtime for the older children varies somewhat but usually everyone is in bed and asleep by 9 pm.
Saturday is a big day for household chores, play and special activities and Sunday is church day. Everyone attends the Church of Christ which is a building attached to the Home and also houses the classrooms and library. Church members from the community also attend the service and mingle with the Hope Children. After church, the children enjoy a large lunch and free afternoon of play.