Saturday, 26 May 2018

Mama's Appeal

Lives transformed
Extra and unexpected expenses are causing a cash crisis for Happy House and today, Mama Sue appeals to you, our friends and supporters, to help.
Rebuilding and extending the outside kitchen,  TV breakdown, lots of kids needing new school shoes all at the same time and buying more computers has eaten into our reserves.
Mama Sue, who makes sure that every pound, euro or dollar is used to maximum effect is asking if you can help by staging a fundraising event, by suggesting an organisation that might make a grant, or by finding a friend to sponsor a child.
New kitchen being tiles

 She is working tirelessly to improve the lives of so many of  Kenya's vulnerable and previously forgotten children.

Thanks to her efforts they are having a childhood they can enjoy and look forward to the future without fear.
Empowered by the loving Happy House family and the education that we are providing, these youngsters will be able make something of their lives and break the cycle of poverty into which they were born.
Please help. 
For information on sponsorship or lefalets for fundraising contact: elizabethgomm@childrenofwatamu.net
To donate go to: https://www.justgiving.com/childrenofwatamu/Donate  or  https://www.paypal.me/ChildrenofWatamu





Friday, 25 May 2018

Four birthdays

There were four birthdays to celebrate at Happy house this week.
And as always, each birthday child was greeted in song by all the family.
Janet, Jacinta, Husna and Elizabeth Ann also received their gifts much to the excitement of their friends.


Thursday, 24 May 2018

Celebrating life

 Love never dies.
For our family remembering loved ones who have died, their influence and importance on their lives, is a cause for rejoicing,
At our annual Celebration of Life, held on the anniversary of the death of our Mama Sue's beloved dad, Harold, our whole family joins together to share memories and thanksgiving,
Mama Sue led the prayers thanking God for taking care of our loved ones and also saying thank you for the raining which was falling, refreshing the air and quenching the thirst of the earth.
Speakers included Madam Elizabeth, Mr Isaac, Uncle Ronald, Auntie Velma and students Savanna. Teddy and Baraka Paul.
Uncle Isaac gave a moving tribute to his late mother, whilst Baraka spoke about a friend who died in a tragic accident that he himself had survived.
Auntie Velma talked about her Uncle Wilson and how he had been her motivation and of the way she witnesses the way Mama Sue is driven by the love of her late father,
Mama's determination to build her Happy House and her dedication to its family, is her tribute to him. And when she has a problem she stuggling to solve the one question she always asks is  
"What would Harold do?''.  Invariably the answer will come. 
Nineteen years after his death, he lives on in her heart. It's such a shame he couldn't live to see how many lives his Sue is changing. How proud he would have been.The upbeat Celebration of Life was lead by Samson and Brian and there gospel hymns to add the the upbeat ceremony.The upbeat Celebration of Life was lead by Samson and Brian and there gospel hymns to add the the upbeat ceremony.


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Francis gets the all clear

It with great joy that we can report that Francis has made a full recovery from osteomyelitis.
After almost five months of treatment the orthopaedic consultant at Tawfiq private hospital in Malindi has given him a clean bill of health.
Back in January that Mama took Francis,13, to the hospital because je was walking badly and very tired all the time.
Tests and scans revealed that he had the bone infection osteomyelitis in the hip joint requiring surgery to remove the dead bone. A leg bace, to support the infected limb, was made for him and he has been taking high doses of antibiotics to clear the infection.
Mama Sue desperately worried about her boy - he first came to our family as a very small child - had the added worry over money as there is in no national health system in Kenya.
As always, you rallied to help donating £4400. after paying costs of his care the remainder is being kept in a fund for medical and dental treatment.
We know you will be delighted  with the news of Francis recovery and we would like to thank each and every one of you who made this possible. Thank you.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Kitten comes home

A tiny kitten has found a new home at Happy House.
Mama Sue says: We found a tiny little kitten curled up next to the Happy House gate.
She is so thin and bedraggled, and around 4- 6 weeks old.
Here at the Happy House we say ‘There is always room for another’ so in she came. 
We took her to the rear of the kitchen where she was given some warm milk. Then our resident cat Happy Hayward came along.
When he saw the kitten his ears went flat to his head and he began growling. 
I told him ‘Happy, you are so spoilt, you know here at the Happy House we are a caring sharing family.' He was not impressed
He will get used to the little one being around as he is usually such a loving and good natured cat, he is just not used to sharing all the attention.
 At the moment we have called our new family member Baby Hayward, but we will see what the kids decide when we put it to the vote.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Love and life

There will be a special gathering at Happy House today when our family and school joins together to remember the loved ones they have lost and to share their memories.. 
The annual Celebration of Life  takes place as close as possible to the anniversary of the death of Mama Sue's beloved father, Harold, who has been a constant source of inspiration to her throughout her life.
In our video, Mama Sue explains why she regards the Celebration of Life so important to our youngsters.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Sharing memories, by Musyoka

We all had a nice afternoon laughing together with Mama when we were looking at our memory boxes, writes Musyoka..
it was such fun looking at how we are growing together as a family at Happy House.
I was happy to see what I was like when I was a small boy who came to Happy House. It was also fun to see our Mama Sue enjoying the pictures after she was through  with her work. 
This family at Happy House has brought a lot of changes to my life and it has changed  my life.
 I am also happy that I am one of the luckiest boys to live with such a  nice mama who has taken care of me since I was a young boy.. 
I am 16 years old I am very happy for that good chance that I have gotten and may God bless Mama Sue and give her long life. 
She has shown a good example to all Kenyan citizens.