A Day in the Life of a Child in Namavundu, Uganda

The day for most children in any Ugandan village begins when the roosters crows (approx. 5:45am). Without running water, bathing in the morning is fast and a little chilly but that doesn't seem to slow them down.  After helping to get the younger children ready for the day, kids that are lucky enough to attend school will head out for the day by 6:30am. When they are not in class you can find children of all ages fetching water, cleaning their homes/school, washing dishes, doing laundry or farming.  When they are done their chores nothing can stop a kid from being a kid and playing with whatever makeshift toy they can find, joining in on a game of football (soccer) or just chasing after each other in an intense game of tag.  However, they always make sure that there is plenty of time for studying before they go to bed.  The incredible thing is that these kids accomplish all of this in a single day with little to no drinking water and with a diet that consists of almost exclusively maize millet and pinto beans. The even more incredible thing is that you will be hard pressed to find a child that is not smiling and laughing as they run past you on the dusty streets of Namavundu. 

Take a look at this video which will give you a better understanding of what a day looks like for a typical child in Namavundu, Uganda.

Music by Mattia Cupelli "Sparks"