A Day in the Life of a Malawian Sponsored Child

05/17/13

Esnart's days were not easy before she became part of Children of the Nations' (COTN) child sponsorship program in the village of Mtsiliza, Malawi. She never had enough to eat, and struggled to attend school. Even though primary school is free in Malawi, a host of factors make it difficult for children to attend.  Many families cannot afford simple school supplies and uniforms, while others need their children to stay home and work.

But now that she is in COTN's child sponsorship program, Esnart's day is full of learning, encouragement, food, friends, and fun. Here's how a typical child in one of COTN's Malawi Village Partnership Programs spends their day:

5 a.m.: Esnart wakes up. She does her chores right away—helping her mother sweep inside and outside their home. 


                                  In the morning, Esnart helps her mother sweep in front of their home.


                                      After chores, Esnart washes her face and brushes her teeth for school.

7 a.m.: Esnart puts on her uniform and heads to school.


         Esnart walks about 30 minutes to school. On the way, she stops at COTN's building for breakfast! 


                                Esnart says, "My favorite part of the day is the morning, when I go to school!"

2 p.m.: It's time for lunch! Esnart walks to COTN's building with her friends to get their meals.


                                                                      Esnart enjoys her lunch at COTN. 


                                         Esnart's meal: lentils and rice, packaged and sent by people like you! 

3 p.m.: Esnart gets help with reading at COTN's afterschool tutoring program.


4:30 p.m.: Tutoring is over, and Esnart plays with her friends. Her favorite game is a clapping game called Amina deya.


5 p.m.: Esnart walks home and helps her mother prepare dinner. 


                        Esnart comes home at 5 p.m. Here she is with her younger sister, Alinafe, outside their home. 

After dinner, Esnart does her homework and prepares her things for school the next day. She prays before bed, thanking God for the day. She goes to bed around 8 p.m. to be ready to wake up early the next day!
 

You can provide food, education, and hope for a child like Esnart! Sponsor a child in Africa today!