As a friend, sponsor, supporter, or partner of Grassroots, you may have seen pictures, heard stories, or even come to visit. But some may wonder what daily life looks like for an Angel House child. Angel House and Angel Secondary lay tucked away in a quiet, peaceful area of the village of Gamasara, just outside the hustle and bustle of the small town, Tarime. They are about 1 mile away from the main road down a long dusty road.
On a typical day, while it is still dark, you would hear the aunties’ voices in the hallway of Angel House announcing it is time to wake up and pray. Just before this, the high school students have already risen, bathed, and gone to the school with the other boarding students for morning study hall. Slowly, but surely, the sleepy eyed children emerge from their beds and gather in the living room. Together, they all join with the aunties in singing a praise song. Then, a person says a prayer; any announcements are made by the staff for the day, and the kids scatter to prepare themselves for school, now fully awake. Shortly, the school bus honks its horn announcing it is time to leave for school. The children run into the yard and onto the bus to head to the border town of Kenya where their school is. The pre-K students get to sleep in a little later, but soon are woken up by the aunties, dressed for school, and made their way over to the classroom.
At 3pm, the high school (secondary) students get dismissed for a short break, so they go home, do their chores and help the little ones bathe. Then they return to school for dinner, school devotions, and evening study hall. Finally, around 5 or 6 pm, the school bus pulls into the yard and the primary kids run off the bus (or stumble, depending on the day and energy level J) The kids change clothes, do their chores, and eat dinner. After dinner, everyone gathers in the living room again for evening devotions and the room fills with beautiful voices singing praise to God in unison. Once devotions are over, it is homework time and then bedtime. Don’t worry, though; the children still get plenty of time to be kids as well. While it is important to teach them responsibility and hard work from an early age, Angel House is also a place where play time is encouraged. On the weekends and holidays, you might find a group playing soccer, or a group playing jump rope, or another game. You may see some of them making mud houses or sculptures, swinging on the swing set, or playing make-believe games. Overall, while the picture may look a little different from your typical family unit from a distance, when you take a closer look, it really isn’t all that different. Angel House may be a big family, but it is a family indeed.