Sunday, 15 December 2019

Ball bonus for football team

Happy House is a caring and sharing environment and the children in our care truly understand the importance of looking out for those around them and of sharing what they have. Evans has grown up in our care and is determined to qualify social worker when he leaves school. He is already interested and involved in the local community. When Jo and Pete Reid from Lytham arrived this week bringing with them lots of gifts of much needed items, there were a number of footballs. Evans asked Mama Sue if it would be possible to give two to a local soccer team in Timboni. Evans plays in the team and Mama knew that the footballs would be a great bonus to them and that they would be well cared for.
As thanks the team is renaming itself Happy House and will be flying the flag for the work we do. The team was invited to Happy House for a formal presentation with Jo and Pete. Evans is featured in this video.

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Call to the band

Our new musical instruments are providing a huge amount of joy and inspiration for our kids at Happy House. They are really working hard to learn to play the traditional instruments the traditional way , plus the addition of some improvised instruments, and gathering help where they can. Uncle Foleni who works in our kitchen gave them some tuition at Kidz Club when they showed Mama and Papa what they had been learning. They are hoping to have a band, well rehearsed, by Christmas!

Friday, 13 December 2019

A thank you from Jo and Peter

Travelling from the Fylde Coast in Lancashire on their annual trip to visit the Happy House family, Joanne and Pete Reid took bags of gifts for our family. They had been donated by their friends and Jo's generous colleagues at Spire Fylde Coast Hospital, Pete and Jo have also raised £646 with an Into the Bottle coin collection which includes £270 raised by Jo's Spire friends taking part in a fitness exercise bike challenge.
The money is towards equipping a new art room at our school. Here Pete and Jo, from Lytham, say hello and thank you from the Happy House.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

What a catch!

A visit to the beach gave some of our older boys a chance to have a go at fishing. Not that they used a net or a rod, they caught the fish whilst swimming underwater. It took some doing, but they landed a big one as John tells you in this video and took it home to Happy House to provide a tasty meal!

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Dancing in the office!

Mama's office is the hub of the Happy House and place where the kids gather when they want to show her something new, sing a new song or just pass by for a hello and a hug. So after the older kids had been out to buy locally made, traditional instruments for the new music room at school, as Mama had asked them to, they were being stored in her office. After a delicious meal, cooked y the boys, Mama and Papa were in her office when Uncle Carlos, our builder, called by to see her and seeing the musical instruments he led the boys, volunteer Maisie, Auntie Rose, Uncle Ronald and Papa to a bit of dance. It was great fun!

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Splish, splash, splosh!

Children from our Happy House family had fun in the sun on another trip to beach. As they are enjoying the long school holiday at home with Mama Sue, Papa Dave and the rest of our huge and happy family, visits to the beach are more often. They absolutely love their time splashing in the sea, with the older ones looking after the younger ones, and playing in the sand.

Monday, 9 December 2019

Christmas star

Happy House has it's own little Christmas star in the form of Alice Webster. Alice, who lives in Leyburn, Yorkshire, and goes to a small, struggling school which has federated with another primary school and now teach across both sites. There are 26 children taught in her school and 50 in the other. Chosen as a member of the school council, Alice put forward ideas for a chosen charity and obviously put forward the Happy House which was chosen jointly with Cancer Research. She’s been busy organising events to raise money starting with a toy and book sale and her second event is the sale of mince pies at the school nativity. And not any old mince pie, she baked her own (with a little bit of help from her mum, Louise!). Louise and her husband, Gary, were the very first people to join our sponsored child scheme, before the Happy House building work was complete, with their donation used to help finish and furnish. And as soon as the first children arrived she and her family welcomed our Oscar into their family. Oscar shares his birthday with Alice's elder sister, Grace, and the girls look upon him as their brother. Louise and Garry and the girls have visited Kenya on a number of occasions and will be back in the summer when Alice will personally deliver the money she has raised to Mama Sue and Papa Dave. Well done Alice.

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Cooking contest

In a cooking contest at Happy House two rival teams took over the kitchen to cook up lunches for the whole family. First up were the boys, who, on the first day, cooked up a tasty pasta dish while on day two of the cook-off, the girls team made a delicious curry. Then Mama Sue asked the kids to choose which they thought was the best . She playfully kept Papa's mouth covered so he couldn't influence the judging and the most hands went up for the curry. Even the boys agreed that the girls had triumphed, this time!

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Music makers

Our children at Happy House have some new musical instruments.
The instruments were bought from a local shop.
They are handmade from local materials and the kids will soon get the hang of playing the,.
Brian Hayward and Lucky are on drums, Nixon and Said have a version of guitar and Neema and Esther are playing the shakers.
Presenting the video is Mwende.

Friday, 6 December 2019

Visit to the clinic

Brother and sister, Janet and Evans, who both want to be social workers were joined by Happy House volunteer, Maisie Harley, when they went on a fact finding visit to a local health clinic. They wanted to know more about health issues facing people living in the local community and particularly about what kind of birth control is on offer to local men and women and how they are encouraged to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The knowledge they gained will help them as the forge ahead with their careers.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Beach fun

A trip to the beach is always a great hit with our Happy House kids. And they had ball on their most recent visit when they played in the sea and on the sand. Our video presenter is Rukia.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Art project grows!

Our new art room at Happy House School will have the bright and colourful addition of flower planters.
Some of the children have been busy giving a new life to tin cans which have been discarded by our kitchen.
They have painted them in bright colours and filled them with flowers  ready to put around the art room at school.
They will keep them watered and look after them.
Everyone is thrilled to be having a dedicated art room and wants to help make it beautiful.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Meet Maisie

Meet Maisie Harley, our newest volunteer who has travelled from her home in Scotland to spend a month at Happy House. While she is working with our family Maisie, 21, will have Janet as her buddy. She and Janet are just two months apart in age so are looking forward to spending time together and learning about each other. While Maisie has finished her studies at university, Janet is just about to embark on her own career path by training to be a social worker.

Monday, 2 December 2019

Karibuni Kenya

There was a surprise welcome for Maisie Harley when she few into Malindi airport this week.
Maisie, who has come to volunteer with our family, was greeted by a wonderful welcome by Mama, Papa and some of our children.
She had thought a driver would meet her so to get such a warm and happy welcome was the last thing she was expecting. It was very special for her and for others leaving the arrivals gate at the airport. Karibuni Kenya, Maisie!

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Harvesting bananas

Have you ever wondered how bananas are harvested?
Here Uncle Alex, our Happy House gardener, will show you.
We are lucky to have banana trees on our grounds which provide some of the fruit we give to our children.
All the kids love bananas and they certainly don't get fresher than this!

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Charting growth

Keeping record of each child's development is one of the routine tasks of our social worker, Uncle Ronald, at Happy House.
We need to ensure that each child is developing within the average for their age,  which is important when some of them came into our care having been undernourished or neglected.
It's also part of the requirement made on children's homes in Kenya.
Now Janet has completed school and preparing to start on her studies to become a social worker, Uncle Ronald has her help.
He will be her mentor and by working alongside him she will gain a valuable and unique insight into the work of a social worker.

Friday, 29 November 2019

Thank you Brenda and red

Look at all the lovely things Brenda and Red Groves managed to pack in their luggage for ur Happy House family.
It took Brenda quite a time to unpack in Mama's office and to show her all the things she had collected, bought, made received as donations from freinds and family.
We are very grateful for everything.  Thank you.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Apple bobbing!

 Our youngsters at Happy House put on a great show to welcome our friends Brenda and Red Groves.
It included songs, dance,  a performance of three Billy Goats Gruff , apple-bobbing and cake!
The kids insisted that everyone had a go at bobbing for an apple which left Auntie Brenda  
(who is always a good sport) just a little wet!

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Welcome Brenda and Red

 There  was the warmest welcome awaiting our fabulous old friends, Brenda and Red Groves when they arrived at Happy House.
Mama Sue and Papa Dave and all the family assembled to greet Brenda and Red who had travelled from their home in Wantage, UK.
And there was a party in their honour too with entertainment by the children, dancing, cake and apple bobbing
Brenda and red have been visiting Watamu for many years and first met Mama when she was starting her work with the local community .
They sponsored children in the school which  Mama helped to grow and develop and when it was ready to stand on its own feet and she was embarking on her Happy House project they continued to support her work.
They sponsor Charity and Emmanuel while their granddaughter, Chloe., sponsors Said and Brenda's brother, Terry, sponsors Brian Hayward and Lovine.
All the children know Auntie Brenda and Uncle Red and were excited to know they were coming back to see them.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Butterfly, Butterfly

Five little butterflies sing a song for you today.
This is a favourite song with little girls from Happy House and they have much pleasure in singing it for you.

Monday, 25 November 2019

Story of the Prodigal Son

A song telling the story of the parable of the Prodigal Son beautifully sung by  some of our girls from Happy House.

Sunday, 24 November 2019

I'm gonna Ride

Some of our older kids at Happy House are featured in our video today.
They are singing the gospel hymn "I'm Gonna Ride".

Saturday, 23 November 2019

I am a winner

Our song today comes from our younger boys at Happy House.
They present, for you, I am a Winner.
Something they'd all like to be!

Friday, 22 November 2019

10,000 Reasons

Songs of praise and worship figure strongly in the lives of the people of Kenya.
And also in the lives of our children living at Happy House.
The wonderful 10,000 Reasons is the choice for our children's song for you today.

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Happy to share

Happy House is one big caring and sharing family.
Our  children love to share with their brothers and sisters and so this song is well named for the first video of our singing series.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Singing series

As we promised, our Happy House kids are going to entertain you all this week with their lovely voices.
Each day they will singing you a song.
They have been rehearsing hard for the last two weeks and each day there will be a new song from a group of kids.
Here Uncle Ronald, our social worker, introduces our upcoming series.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Beach time

 Our Happy House kids had a great time on a trip to the beach this week.
Setting off early, before the sun got too hot, they walked to the beach where they had fun splashing in the waves, building sandcastles and playing games
They were accompanied by aunties and uncles who kept an eye on them and enjoyed snacks before returning home in time for lunch.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Chip in with your change

Peter and Joanne Reid will be making their annual visit to Happy House next month and they are calling on friends and supporters to chip in with their change to help equip an arts and crafts room.
Happy House School hopes to do more  explore and uncover the artistic talents of its youngsters by offering enhanced arts and crafts opportunities,
It has the room, but equipment is needed.
Peter and Joanne have hit on the idea of asking people to donate their spare change, or bottles of it if have them, to buy what is needed.
They'd like to raise £500 as Peter tells us in this video.
Making a donation is simple, just go

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Nature Walk

There is lots of time for fun and adventure for our children at Happy House in the long school holiday.
This week they went out on a nature walk as Purity tells us in this video - which they made themselves.

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Tailoring lessons

Our Happy House tailor, Auntie Constance,  is teaching our children the basics of tailoring.
Taking classes of small groups, Auntie Constance, who makes all our school uniforms and some other clothing, makes curtains, bedspreads and cushion covers and who does all the sewing repairs,  is giving them a glimpse into her world.
As she says, it will stand them in good stead in the future when they may want to make or repair their own clothes and for some it could lead to a career.

Friday, 15 November 2019

Creating an art room

Work is underway to convert a classroom into an art room at Happy House School.
Mama Sue is keen to give youngsters every opportunity to explore their talents - whether, sporting, academic, or creative.
So having a dedicated art room will give room for organised creative and artistic work.
Having water to hand is important, so as part of this work Uncle Ibrahim is installing a double sink.
And helping him to undertake the work is 
"apprentice"  plumber Evans.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Making more room to play

Katana and John are the young "apprentice" helping our Happy House uncles to dismantle the old woodstore at school.
By removing the store, which is no longer used, will allow for the play area used by our pre-school children to be extended.

Guided by skilled staff Katana and John are learning as they help out.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Happy as sandboys!

Featuring in today's video is Oscar who along with Khalid, Stefano and Moffin is assisting Happy House uncles to maintain the banda at school.
The school holidays provides time to ensure that routine jobs like sanding and revarnishing woodwork can be done without causing any disruption.
And our older boys enjoy helping out and learning as they go along.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

New skills for junior "apprentices"

Our older kids from Happy house are learning new skills during the long school holiday by helping with renovations at school.
By working alongside our skilled craftsmen they are  getting a taste of what it is like to work.
Our joiner, Uncle Charo, has a long list of work to get through while school is closed so having some extra pairs of hands is helpful to him too.
He is currently installing a ceiling in the school office which will reduce the dust that comes in through the makuti thatched roof.
Brian and Baraka have been helping him.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Happy band of performers

Today we close our series of  videos  of Happy House School Closing Day  presentations with a charming performance from some of of younger pupils.
We hope you find the lovely effort by Pre Primary Class 1 enjoyable and uplifting.
It should make you smile!

Saturday, 9 November 2019

A song from Class 3

Pupils from Happy House School's Class 3 Primary sang a song for their contribution to the end of term concert.
The Class three youngsters entertained the audience at the closing day ceremony which also marks the end of the academic school year.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Our future is thanks to YOU

Nasri Juma was one of our first scholarship students when he joined our school in 2014.
He was being raised by his grandmother who, although having very little herself,  took in her abandoned grandson.
There had been huge gaps in his education because, simply, she could not afford to play the fees. 
He was shy and lacked self-belief.
Now he has just completed his secondary education and his life has been transformed.
He will leave with qualifications, confidence, and the ability to fulfil his dreams.
At the end of term Closing Day Ceremony , his last at Happy House, Nasri spoke on behalf of his fellow Year Four high school students.
He thanked Mama and Papa, his teachers, family, his sponsors who have supported his education and all those who support our charity.
Good luck in the future Nasri, we wish you every success and happiness.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Esther graduates

 Mama Sue, Papa Dave and the whole Happy House family were so proud to see our Esther graduate at the  annual Closing Day Ceremony at Happy House School.
Esther and her Pre-Primary 2 classmates will go up into lower primary when the new term starts in January.
The ceremony was led by teacher, Md Getry.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Panto time

It was panto time at Happy House when  Pre-Primary Class 2 staged a performance of Snow White.

It was their class contribution to the end of term Closing Day Ceremony when each class put on a presentation for the audience of fellow pupils, staff, parents, guardians and friends.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Girls and education

Empowering girls through education has always been important to Mama Sue.
In our area of Kenya,  some parents still see it as more important to educate a boy than a girl.
Thankfully times are changing and at Happy House our girls have many role models os women achieving success - including our remarkable founder, Mama Sue, her administrator Auntie Rose,  school secretary, Auntie Velma, and many of their teachers.
And with this poem our Primary Class 7 girls celebrate and emphasise the importance of education for girls.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Birthday trio

 There was a trio of birthday children at the weekly Kidz Club at Happy House .
Brian Makotsi, Lesley and Emanuel were all treated to a rendition of Happy Birthday and each received their gifts.
David Hayward made the presentation to Brian, who has just turned nine, while Rehema handed gifts to Emmanuel, now three, and  Brian Hayward presented Lesley with his gift bag. Lesley is now seven.
There were songs and lots of laughter at the family gathering when everyone shared their news.
PICTURES: Top left: Brain with David (right); top right: Brain Hayward (left) and Lesley; Bottom left: Rehema with Emmanuel.