Thursday, 28 May 2020

Lockdown fitness

Our Happy House children are fit and active and lovely taking part in games. During lockdown while they are being homeschooled Evans has been putting them through some exercises. Everyone enjoys themselves and even the little ones want to have go!

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

First turmeric harvest

We are just picking the first turmeric we have grown at Happy House. Turmeric, which has so many health-giving benefits, will be used in dishes prepared for our family, Here Mama Sue with Uncle Alex, our gardener, tell us more about it.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Raining in

The torrential rain of recent days in Watamu have found a few weak spots in our makuti thatched roof and in the vents at Happy House. And it's been raining in on on some of the bedrooms. We were able to use Uncle Charo, our joiner, to fix the vents but the roof really needed experts to fix it. Strict cleanliness measures are in place at Happy House and only our keyworkers are allowed on to the compound during the coronavirus lockdown so we had to do the repairs the best we could.
As with every emergency, the repairs came at a price but we have to keep our building in good repair for our big family.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Saturday sing-song


A super sing-song for our children at the weekly Happy House Kidz Club. There were two birthdays to celebrate - Elizabeth is five and Saidi has reached double figures, turning 10! Saidi received his birthday gift bag from Fahima and David did the honours of presenting Elizabeth with her gifts. Happy birthday children.

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Power surge problem

A cut in electricity followed by a massive power surge has brought yet more unexpected expense to Happy House. The surge damaged our internet routers and power cables, some laptop cables, the switch for the water pump and light bulbs and caused yer more problems at our school. Fortunately, were were able to get specialists to fix the router and the pump but we still have to replace other damaged items. As Uncle Ronald explains a big fluctuation in the voltage means that for now we are using our generator, making fuel another expense, to ensure that we have constant power and that the washing machines etc can still be in use.
All this coming while we are on lockdown, makes it an ever more tough and worrying time.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Full steam ahead in the laundry

It's full steam ahead in the laundry. We now have two new washing machines working beautifully to cope with the mountain of laundry created by our family of 60 children. And we want to tank everyone who made donations to help buy the new washers after hearing our the two that we had both broke down and couldn't be repaired because all parts have to be imported and the Covid19 crisis had put a stop on bringing them in. A special mention for Red Groves, a great friend and frequent visitor, who has a birthday coming up. He very kindly asked his family for donations towards the washing machines instead of gifts. Thanks Red and Happy Birthday.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Making decorations

 Today is a special day at Happy House.
May 20th is the day we hold our annual Celebration of Life, a ceremony to remember and celebrate those we have loved and lost. Mama Sue introduced the event to celebrate the life of her late father, Harold Heyes, and also to give the children in our care an opportunity to celebrate and remember the loved ones that they have lost. On Saturday, the children were making decorations for today and in this video we join Janet at the craft table!
The Happy House will be looking very colourful for the celebration which will be held after lessons finish.