Gender and Technology Training Guidelines
A DAY IN MY LIFE
I decided to write to you because you introduced so many things to us. We start the
day very early, at about 4.00 a.m. Ours is a four member family a daughter, son, my
husband and me. Our main problem is water. We have to go far away. But we are
not complaining. That is life.
My husband is a retired Gramasevaka (village officer in-charge). New he is free
lancing for various newspapers. He helps me to do the household work. After a cup
of tea we prepare the breakfast and our children attend to their studies. They make
the beds, sweep the house and draw the water by about 6.00 p.m. After that they
offer flowers and food to the Lord Buddha. Then they get ready for the school.
Sometimes my husband goes out and I wash pots, pans, cup, plates and clothes. I
spend at least half an hour in the garden. If my husband is at home he also joins me.
After 10.00 a.m. I go to the kitchen and prepare two curries and rice. Then I offer
food to the Lord Buddha. Our children come home at about 2.00 p.m. Until then I
listen to the radio or read the papers.
If I do not have to help the children in the afternoon I weave coconut fronts, clean the
eckles, and collect fire wood from the garden. Sometimes neighbouring children
come get some help to do their home work. Very often a friend from the village
society drops in. By about 5.30 p.m. I go to the kitchen. Our children sweep the
garden, water the plants and draw the water. We offer flowers to the Buddha and
together chant “Gatha” at 6.00 p.m.
By 8.00 p.m. almost everything is over. Then we listen to the radio. We go to bed at
about 10.00 p.m.