Thursday, 16 July 2020

Sandwich special

Children living at the Happy House love sandwiches. They're not something local people eat but Mama Sue has introduced them to or kids. The youngsters also help to make the bread, which is cooked in a wood-fired oven, so it is fresh and delicious. Here Husna tells us more about it and our second video is of the family tucking in at lunchtime.
















Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Weekend fun

In this video Happy House kid, Diana, tells us what the children get up to at weekends. Still in lockdown they are at home all the time but with a routine of schooling during the week so it's pretty much as normal. At weekends, they have lots of fun an some organised action too.

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Braids of love

When life is normal, our girls are able to go out to have their hair braided. They go in small groups, the older ones taking the littles ones, to some of the many women who run their braiding "salons' from home. But in lockdown it has been very different. The older girls help the younger ones, carefully taking out braids, washing their hair and rebraiding it, as Diana explains as she works on the hair of her little "sister" Elizabeth. Then they help each other - as sisters do!

Monday, 13 July 2020

A letter for Diana

Letters, postcards and emails from members of their sponsor families means so much to children at Happy House. Knowing that there are people, beyond the Happy House, who care for them, who take an interest in their progress and want to share their own family news makes them feel special. We have recently been sending out short videos of our children to their sponsors and sponsors, we prefer to call them friends, have been writing in response. Here Diana reads out a letter from her friend, Elizabeth Cooper.
You can email your sponsor child via socialworkdept@childrenofwatamu.net

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Bargain Betty's 80

One of our wonderful friends known to us all as "Bargain Betty' has just celebrated her 80th birthday and is still shopping! Betty Hatch, who lives in Essex, loves to shop and has made it her mission to send out as many children's clothes as she can for our children. And she has such a keen eye for a bargain she gets some wonderful items at knock-down prices. Lockdown has, of course, curbed her shopping this year but as soon as it is sage she will be back on the hunt for a bargain. Many of our children remember Betty from when she visited with her son, Paul, a few years ago but for those who don't Mama Sue handed round a photograph of Betty on her birthday for everyone to see. And she reminded them that it's Betty who keeps them all stocked up with knickers and underpants - items that we can never have enough of. Betty, who sponsors Stephano, not only sends parcels, she also makes a donation to cover the cost of any import duty on the goods she sends - which is a massive help. Betty we love you, and thank you for all your kindness all our children.

Saturday, 11 July 2020

`Our special brother

Evans is the young man behind the production of our  recent videos.
He's a talented and caring young man who has been living in our family since he was just a little boy so he knows what it's like to grow up as a par of our Happy House family.
Today the video features David taking part in the quiz day,
Evans writes: "This special member of the family was brought to the family as a very little kid by Mama and he was given the love that a child should get. 
"He has some difficulties with his learning but ,as a family, we assist him so that  he can continue with his learning. He is loved by the family.
"So during this quiz day, I must say as a big brother to David  I was really impressed with him because he could answer a question without any problem. 
"What a difference this new method of learning it has brought to this special brother, we thank Mama for this new method truly, it has really changed everyone at home."

Friday, 10 July 2020

Surprise certificate

Nobody ever gets left out at Happy House where everyone grows up learning to care and share. At the end of the revision quiz, after a prayer of thanks, Mama presented one final certificate to one little boy who, despite being only 20 months old, likes to join in with everything and always tries his best! So much to everyone's delight, Victor, toddled up to receive his award!