Education: More than 50% or our total budget

Since we established LBU in 2002, we had up to 40 children in two houses. They grew up and left home with 10 of them now married and with a  family and others working and being self-sufficient. We have 21 children left at home and, with the very rapid increase in education costs, we have decided to keep a household of around 20 children. That way we are able to support them longer in their studies and help them secure a job which will provide them with a comfortable life.

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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