Saturday, 21 October 2017

Birthday boys

 Two birthdays, two boys, five years apart!
Samson turned 15 this week while Thomas Safari reached his fifth birthday milestone.
They celebrated with the family at Kidz Club on Tuesday when they received their gifts.
Happy birthday boys.
With just a month or so  until we need to start building, our Classrooms for Kids appeal fund is growing - but there is still a long way to go,
We now have £3586  towards the £7000 we so desperately need to add two new classrooms to our secondary school.
If you could spare £5 or £10 towards the build you would be taking us ever nearer our target. 
To donate online please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/childrenofwatamu/classroomsforkids

Friday, 20 October 2017

A circle of kindness

Our UK coordinator Elizabeth Gomm, Auntie Libz to our family, was given a very warm welcome when she visited the Thursday Circle at the United Reformed Church in Poulton.
The  ladies group were inspired and touched by the story of our Mama Sue's road to the Happy House and the extraordinary work being done to  change the lives of children in need.
They wanted to send their love to Mama, Papa and all the family.
A donation of £30 from the club was topped up to £56.16p by a collection.
Thank you ladies for your kindness, your donation will go into our Classroom for Kids Fund.
With just a month or so  until we need to start building, our Classrooms for Kids appeal fund is growing - but there is still a long way to go,
We now have £3556  towards the £7000 we so desperately need to add two new classrooms to our secondary school.
If you could spare £5 or £10 towards the build you would be taking us ever nearer our target. 
To donate online please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/childrenofwatamu/classroomsforkids

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Always Happy House kids

After almost two years living with their grandad on his smallholding deep in the country north of Nairobi, Musyoka, Francis and Mwende have come home to their adopted family at Happy House.
The standard of teaching in their school had deteriorated and the children, who are all eager to learn, knew they were not achieving the results they should be.
With Musyoka due to take his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education next year he was worried about his performance.
We have kept a regular check on the children and Mama has spoken to them regularly, so she was deeply concerned to hear that things were not as they had been in school.
With his grandad's cooperation we looked for a new school for the children but because of the remote location of their homestead there was nothing else within reach.
So when Mama asked if they would like to come back, all three said yes!
They have been well looked after and very happy with their grandad and they will continue to see him whenever possible.
He made the nine hour journey to Watamu with the trio to bring them to Happy House and they have settled in as if they have never been away.
They are just the same happy, confident, kids who grew up with us for almost six years ... just bigger!
Welcome home you beautiful kids. 
Once a Happy House kid, always a Happy House kid!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

School Report: Welcome Auntie B

Welcome to school Auntie B.
Volunteer Gussy Bunbury's mother, Amanda, has come to volunteer in our school and we are so delighted she has joined us.
Amanda, from London, is on a sabbatical from her teaching job in the UK. this has given her an opportunity to fulfil her dream of teaching in Africa,
Always Mrs B back home, she will be Auntie B to our family.
She has been teaching in primary education for the last 18 years mainly in Year 2 (6-7 year olds) but is qualified to teach across the primary age range.
She is assisting with English in our Happy House school and the kids are loving her lessons.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Leading the way

 All roads led to Happy House for students preparing to take their Kenya Certificate of  Primary Education exam next month.
Class 8 students from Jacaranda Primary School and Kanani Primary School joined our own Class 8 for a special gathering aimed to help them to get ready for the exam and to keep them motivated.
Our own Mama Sue and sub-county director of education were the two main speakers. 
Our school was chosen to host the event as we were the best school in the county in the KCPE  results last year.

CHANGING LIVES: 
We are so grateful to all those who have given to our  Classrooms for Kids Appeal which is raising £7000 to build two new classrooms by January.
Please, please, if you can help by making a donation, no matter how small, or holding a fundraising event you will be helping to change children’s lives by giving them an education which is their only road out of poverty.
You know that every but if every donation will go directly into the build - £ for £, Euro for Euro, $ or $, there is  no middle tier taking off amounts for admin, fundraising costs etc.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Gifts galore

Volunteer Gussy Bunbury has now been joined in Watamu by her mum, Amanda.
Amanda brought with a whole host of goodies she and Gussy had gathered in. They include legging, underwear, pencils and games.
Thank you Gussy and Amanda for all your lovely gifts,

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Teddy's found his place

Teddy Kipchoge is proud to be a scholarship student at Happy House and grateful to those who make it possible.
 He writes today's blog:
The Happy House is located in Watamu.
It is a really nice place helping kids in need.
The Happy House consists of our nice Mama Sue, Papa Dave, Uncle Ronald,  Aunty Rose, Aunty Velma and all the other staff members including Mr Isaac our headteacher. 
The Happy House is not only a school but also a home for children who are well taken care of and loved.
We are happy when we belong to Happy House family because it gives us a land of opportunities, and just as  our Mama tells us  “Once a Happy House kid, always a Happy House kid”. 
We are getting the help offered by our Mama and Uncle Ronald with the help of Papa Dave who we call “Radio Watamu” .
Their help has really helped us.
Having the motivational talks from Mam, Papa and Uncle Ronald after each and every exam has improved our ability to understand and know where we are weak and where we are strong so as to help us boost our performance. Mama has really helped us understand the need for education,
At school we have new learning tools such as computers, smart televisions with Wifi access that enables us to learn more and figure out more things. Through our sponsors we are attending school and thanks to everyone who supports Happy House for making our education possible.

The Happy House the best place to be because we all know that “East or West Happy House family is always the best!".