Sunday, 31 October 2010
Friday, 29 October 2010
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
know what to send as a gift. Our children do have all they need when it comes to clothes and toys. We are really grateful for your generosity, and know how you love your kids, but something small is
fine, specially as postage costs so much money.
thrilled when Billy explained that it would be opening his savings account. He thinks he's rich! All the children love receiving your cards, letters and photographs and get such a sense of belonging and
friendship from them. Thank you all for caring.
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Monday, 18 October 2010
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Friday, 15 October 2010
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Trustee Elizabeth Gomm writes: Anyone who has been to visit the Happy House will recognise the silhouettes in this picture ... they are just like some of our kids. John, Oscar, Mwende, Janet, Sifa and Musyoka are all there, against an African evening sky.
What a coincidence that Kamango, a local artist, should, unintentionally, have created such an appropriate and beautiful piece of art to take pride of place in the room which is the hub of our children's home.
Sue had seen the painting outside the artist's studio and loved it. So it was my pleasure to buy it using the money given to me by friends, to be spent on Happy House, when I left The Gazette + a little bit extra. Sue is delighted and children, staff and visitors love it as much as she does.
Thank you to my friends for helping me to give something so special, and so permanent, to enhance the lives of everyone who sees it.
Monday, 11 October 2010
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Thursday, 7 October 2010
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Monday, 4 October 2010
In September 2009 we invited Sue Hayward to our charity Harvest celebration. She told us her story and introduced us to Children of Watamu. Everyone was so moved and impressed by what they heard and saw on video, that we decided to sponsor a Happy House child together. This means that with the £1 or £2 per week that individuals are able to give, we have been able to commit ourselves to sending £40 per month by standing order from our Project funds. One of our group, Susan, has made a scrap book recording everything we receive and everything we do relating to Children of Watamu, which is available every week for people to see. There is a great deal of interest and enthusiasm for supporting Sue and the children especially knowing that Sue & Dave are local people. We appreciate the very personal communication and sense of being part of the family.
Our Grange Park Open Door Project exists to share the love of God and promote community involvement, and the link with Kenya helps to show that we believe we are here for one another as members of the human race, wherever we are placed in the world!
Thank you Judith for your kind words. The group celebrated Harvest last week and raised a very generous 103 Pounds. Thank you to everyone, I look forward to seeing everyone at the Charity Night on the 19th of November.
The picture is of Rose who is sponsored by Open Door
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Harry was barely with us, before I had a mail from a member of a Rotary Club - who has supported the Happy House Project in the past, a member which frequently visits this part of Kenya - asking if there were any children that the club could sponsor as part of their international care programme.
Harry is such a bright young thing, I knew that they would immediately fall in love with him, I sent a few photos and told them his story, and in a very short time the Club wrote back wrote back saying that they would be really proud to be part of Harrys Happy House Family.
The Rotary Club from Limavady, a small market town in Northern Ireland, which has 31 members, are now supporting Harry.
So Harry now has another extended family. We have opened his memory box so as he grows he will know that even though he was abandoned at birth he has always had a loving caring 'Family'