Firstly, thank you so much for all of the interest and comments on yesterday’s blog, please do keep them coming. Our young budding writers are still hard at work on their stories and it has been wonderful getting their parents and families involved in the process too. I’ve included a few more stories today, I hope they will help to paint a picture of what life is like here and how hard these kids are working for a better future. I love the story about the pigeons as it shows emotion and it makes me smile, I hope you enjoy them.
“We are five members in our family. We have one cow and a calf, we also have one goat. I take our calf to the field to feed grass. When I take our cow to the field it doesn’t hit me (with its horns). We are two brothers and one sister. We two brothers do study. My sister works at Bogra. My sister does nursing. My father is a day labourer. My mother is also a day labourer. Both my mother and father go to the field for work at 8am and come back at 4pm. We keep our family and surrounding very neat and clean. Our family is very happy.”
We two brothers go to school at 9am. Our school is 5km far away. We go to school and come back by our bicycle together. Our teacher loves us very much because we give our daily homework that’s why they love us.
I get up from sleep at 4am and then I enjoy the fresh air in the morning and I brush my teeth. I wash my face after and then I start my study, I study up to 8am and then I have my breakfast then I take my bath and go to school. There is no tube well at our home that’s why there is a lack of safe drinking water. We bring water from other houses.
My favourite subject is English because I want to be a doctor in future. So that I may give treatment to the sick people. I want to be a respected man by reading this English. I take a bath after coming from school and play with my friends for one hour. Then I come back to my home, then I wash my face, feet and hands and then I study for myself. After studying up to 8pm I take dinner with my parents. Then again I study. I study up to 9pm then I go to sleep. I help my father to work in the field. Sometimes I also help my mother in kitchen work. For example, I give the firewood in the oven, sometime I bring water.” – Somi Topno, 14 yrs
“I have many pigeons in our home I look after them. My favourite bird is pigeon. When I touch them I feel very happy. When I pet them they keep silent and they love to feel my hand. There are many animals in our area such as; cow, buffalo, goat, duck, hen, fox, pig, pigeon, birds etc. I wish if I would be a bird then I could be petted by others. I keep silent. And also, I could fly with great joy in the sky. And if I would be any animal then I could travel anywhere. And no one can make me their pet animals and I would never get afraid to any people and also I did not make frighten them.” – Almaraj, Sponsored Child
“We bring water from the tube well. My mother cooks rice, fish curry, lentil and vegetables. I like fish curry very much it is my favourite food. Among all fishes my favourite fish is Hilsha fish. I like fish curry because it is very delicious and nice to eat. Most times I eat rice and vegetables. I don’t like potatoes mashed. All people drink tube well water. The tube well is about 500 metre far from my house. Sometimes I carry water and sweep my house and yard. I enjoy this work because it makes easier for elders when I do these works. Now my elder sister cooks food. I help her to cook. I bring salt, oil and spices for cooking to my big sister. It does not make any harm to my studies or my playing.” – Tahamina, Sponsored Child
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these stories, I’ve been having a ball helping the children to write them and seeing the hope and joy that education can bring. Please continue to ask questions and add your comments, if you’ve got any questions for the children that would be great too.
On the Facebook page you can also check out my photo album that shows how I’m helping children to tell their stories http://www.facebook.com/worldvisionuk