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A day in the life of a child in Ghana

On a normal school day, children get up between 5.30am and 6.00am - families try to carry out a lot of their daily chores before the sun rises, when it's not too hot. Some children help to prepare the evening meal (typically stewed meat and rice). Others help to clean their home and sweep the compound (the area outside the home)*. Families without running water often send children to collect water for the day from a nearby standpipe. The children carry the water in large containers on their heads, or on home-made trolleys.

After doing their chores, the children brush their teeth, wash* and get dressed in their school uniforms. They either make their own breakfast or buy it from a food stall on the way to school. A typical breakfast is porridge (or 'kenkey'), made by mixing maize and water into dough balls.

After school, the children relax with their friends for a while, but there is still more work to be done. Some help their parents to look after younger brothers and sisters or to sell produce - often fruit, vegetables or water. As it is so hot, people need lots of clean water to drink, so families with their own standpipes sometimes sell small plastic bags of water to passers-by. The children do their homework and might watch a bit of television before going to bed.

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