Eleven-year-old Prince is a sixth grader who lives in the city of Nairobi with his mother, who owns a preschool;father, a purchasing agent;and older siblings Ian and Shelby. After waking to the sound of barking dogs from next door, Prince helps with morning chores before heading off to school, where we sit in on a science class. After school, he rides bikes with a buddy, making sure to clean off all the dust from the road, caused by the areaís years-long drought. Homework follows dinner, then itís video games before bed. During the weekend, Prince helps with the shopping, attends church with his family, and enjoys a local festival featuring tribal dances. Later he visits relatives at the seaside city of Mombasa.
Eleven-year-old John starts his day on his familyís farm at five a.m., helping his parents and brother, Jeffrey, with household chores like tending to their many animals. Then itís an hour-long walk to school where he attends the seventh grade six days a week. He tells us that education is deemed very important, so villages work hard to come up with the money to help the schools. He has midday dinner with his family, who close their shop at noon along with the rest of the local businesses. We are also taken on a safari tour run by Johnís cousin and shown the wondrous wildlife of Africa, including lions, elephants, zebras and hyenas. At night, John helps bring in the furniture from outdoors and feeds and waters the cows before heading off to bed.