Friday, 18 September 2015

Baby days

It’s quiet at the Happy House on school days.
All the older children have gone out to our school a short walk down the lane and there are just four little ones left at home.
Almost-toddlers, Eve  and Ludwin spend their days in the baby banda with our tiniest members of our family, Elizabeth and Nicholas.
Elizabeth Anne
Eve, whose name is Farida but has been called Eve ever since her arrival on Christmas Eve, and Ludwin are kept busy with toys, singing and clapping games and being encouraged to crawl and walk by the Auntie on baby duty for the day.
She chats and plays with them, whilst keeping a watchful eye of Elizabeth Anne and Nicholas who do what babies do best – eat and sleep.
When the drop off the sleep they are transferred to the cool of a cot in our colourful baby room.
The room was refurbished earlier last year thanks to a kind donation from Michael and Sheila Dickinson, in memory of their son Richard who died as a baby many years ago.
He lives on in their hearts and now in our baby room which bears a plaque celebrating his life.
The baby room has colourful murals on every wall, painted by local artist Kamango who was commissioned to do the work.
In the afternoon when the younger children troop home from school, Eve, Ludwin and the babies join the down on our baby "beach" where Ludwin and Eve play with the other kids who also enjoy pushing Elizabeth and Nicholas in their prams and chatting away to them.
*Auntie Janet is pictured with Eve (left) and Ludwin and with Nicholas. 

Building a Bright Future

They might be tiny now, but one day in the future Eve, Ludwin,  Elizabeth and Nicholas will all be pupils at Happy House school where they will have the best education possible.
And it is for children now, and in the future, that we have built our school and that we are now building our secondary school which we must have finished by January ready for its first students.
Thanks to your donations, we are on the way but we do need to raise the finances to finish, furnish, resource and pay teachers (for the first year)  and every penny counts.
If you can help by supporting our Building a Bright Future Appeal please go to