A Day in the Life
A Typical Botshabelo Day

A typical day at Botshabelo always includes a number of unexpected ventures. Babies are always being born, someone is always looking for help, the organic farm always needs work, the truck won’t always start. Not to mention the day-to-day tasks that must be done.

But as each day presents new challenges, the people of Botshabelo rise to meet them with optimism and a strong work ethic. Get a glimpse of their daily life here.

5:30 a.m.

Everyone starts their day bright and early. The children in the orphanage make their beds and sweep and mop their rooms before washing up and getting ready for the day.

6:45 a.m.

All Botshabelo residents go to their designated section of the property to collect litter and clean.

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

Breakfast time. This gives the students enough time to prepare and head off to school, which is on the Botshabelo property. The toddlers go off to their own play group corner and the babies (one month to 2 years old) are then taken to their minders.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Tea Time!

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

School finishes and then there is an extracurricular sport activity, like karate or hiking.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Everyone cleans up their section of the property again, and afterwards has lunch.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The system of discipline at Botshabelo is in the form of community service, which takes place at this time each day. Community service jobs could be anything from watering trees in the small orchard to digging foundations to minding the juniors to maintenance jobs.

5:00 p.m.

Bath time starts for the younger groups, while the older kids take a break. The boys,16 years old and up, play soccer.

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dinner Time!

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Students do their homework, others clean up, and everyone prepares for the next day's work. Little ones have a bedtime story at 7:30 p.m., and then they're tucked in for the night. For the older kids, lights out is at 9:30 p.m.

For Botshabelo founders Con and Marion Cloete and their volunteer workers, lights out is after everyone else is safe in bed and the challenges of the day have been resolved as well as they can be.