A Day in the Life

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A Day in the Life

Of an Otino Waa child:
6:30am                 Wake-up and bathe (or bathe the night before). Water must be pumped by hand from the well on the property, then carried in a 10-litre jerry can for a basin bath. Get dressed and have breakfast, a porridge made of corn meal in boiling water. The porridge is thin enough to drink.
8:00am                 School. Otino Waa has a primary school, secondary school and teaches trades as well. 
1:00pm                 Lunch. It is often a thicker porridge similar to polenta and beans.
2:00pm - 5:00pm   Back to school.
5:00pm - 6:30pm   Time to study or play.
6:30pm                 Supper. By 7:15pm it is dark and only a few houses have power. In most, the only light is a kerosene lantern. One house with power and one classroom in the school are used for studying.
9:30pm - 10:00pm Bedtime.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, those involved in beekeeping check the hives at dark, when the bees are more subdued. Learning life skills is part of living at Otino Waa. On Saturdays, the kids do their shopping at the orphanage (they are given "play money" to teach them how to manage money. They also wash their own clothes, clean around their houses and work in their gardens.
Sunday mornings, the kids attend church in the morning and have the afternoon free. During their free time, they can play volleyball or soccer, swing on the swings and visit.
Of a Snake River Correctional Institution inmate:
5:30am                 Yohannes Tesfay, in the center of the above photo, starts his day. He is diabetic so has an insulin shot then takes time for prayer, meditation and inspirational reading.
 6:00am                Breakfast at 6:00am.
7:30am                 Yohannes has a job inside the prison painting murals. He also serves as the chapel librarian, doing computer programming, data entry and maintaining the library inventory.
10:00am              Exercise break.
11:00am              Inmates are counted and must be in their cells.
Noon                   Another insulin shot and lunch
1:00pm                Back to work
3:45pm                Work day ends
4:00pm                Another inmate count
5:00pm                Last insulin shot of the day followed by dinner
6:00pm                Yohannes could be either in the chapel library, in his cell painting pastels, or working as a volunteer leading an African/African-American class and committee inside the prison.
9:00pm                Must be back in his cell
10:00pm              Another inmate count. Bedtime.
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