Education: More than 50% or our total budget

We now have 34 children aged 7 to 25 who are studying at LBU

Most of our children are still at school. Our older children attend college, university or vocational training courses.

A typical day for the children begins at 6am with tea and biscuits, followed by a shower, play and homework revision. Their first main meal is at 8am, then off to school for lessons from 9am to 4pm. Back home, an education manager supervises homework before dinner at around 7.30pm. They play or finish their homework and are in bed, hopefully content, by 9pm.

On Saturdays and during school holidays, the children enjoy music, drawing and dance classes. Picnics and sightseeing trips are also arranged.

Self-sufficiency is encouraged, so at the weekend children help with cooking and cleaning. They wash their underwear and clean their shoes. College-age students take on more responsibility with tasks such as cleaning their own rooms and bathrooms, and looking after the younger ones.

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