Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Room at the top

After a break from weekly competition, Mama has reintroduced the Room of the Week Award to  Happy House.
The room share with the tidiest and best kept bedroom will win a mirror for their room.
In our previous awards there was a wall clock as a prize, and every room managed to win one.
Now the competition is back on and rooms are being marked each day with points given for specific areas - lockers, beds, shoes, cleanliness etc.
The first room to win a mirror was a boys' room captained by Evans. His room mates are Baraka, Nickson, Levian and Lucky.
They were delighted to accept their prize from Mama - and to show off a bit of Boy Power to the girls.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Beach fun

 The Happy House family started the half-term break with a trip to the beach to have some fun in the sun.
They set off early morning on Saturday, before the sun became too intense, and enjoyed games on the beach and a splash around in the Indian ocean.
Mama, Papa and the kids were joined by Anita Patel and her mum, Raksha, who are visiting from the USA.
The older children helped to keep an eye on the little ones , to organise games and to give out snacks and drinks.
The kids had a great time and once they were dried off they set off on the walk home in time to have a shower and change before  lunch.
*Mama mentions our tenth anniversary, that's a little bit of slip as  it's our ninth this year, but Mama is so busy that time flies faster for her than for for most of us so entirely understandable!

Monday, 18 February 2019

Keeping things safe

Security has been increased at Happy House School to ensure all is kept safe.
From now on G4S security will be on standby to deal with any incidents that may cause concern.
There have been reports of some vehicles being around at night since our new computer suite was completed.
We already have askari on duty at night, plus an electric fence, to deter any potential thieves but Mama Sue wants to made sure that all is well, so G4S are being employed and security cameras installed.



Sunday, 17 February 2019

Acts of Kindness:John

Today one of our older boys, John, talks about acts of kindness.
He and his two younger siblings have been members of our Happy House family since 2016.
At the time they were in a rescue centre following family tragedy and desperate for a proper home where they would safe and loved. 
They found that at our Happy house where John has learned so much about caring, and kindness from his Mama Sue.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Mid-term tests

This week has been exam time at Happy House School.
The mid-term examinations are a good indication of how the students have settled in to their new classes as this is the first term of the academic year.
Everyone has been revising hard and we look forward to some good results.
Good luck kids.

Friday, 15 February 2019

School grounds get a new finish

 The strong breeze that blows through the grounds of Happy House School grounds whipping up dust.
So Mama Sue has called on our friendly builder Carlos to help solve the problem.
The plan is to have a grass area for the children to play on, and then areas of compacted hardcore and stone chippings for assemblies, parking etc. Plus there will more raised flower borders to give a flourishing floral finish.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Top talkers win through

Three Happy House primary school debaters, Rukia, Savanna and Quincy won through to the third level of an inter-schools debating competition.
The teams at the contest, hosted by Happy House, were Happy House and Gede Angels combined versus Kanani and Jacaranda primary combined. 
The topic under debate was Boarding schools are better than day schools, which we opposed.
Rukia was in first place with Quincy second and Savanna third.
Well done kids.
















Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Catwalk kids

 Looking every inch model kids our children took to the catwalk with ease.
They  were putting on a show for  America visitors Anita Patel and her mum, Raksha, who had travelled from New York.
Many of the clothes modelled were those brought by Anita and Raksha and Mama Sue thought it would nice for them to see our Happy House kids model them.
The children also displayed their talents by performing short plays. singing and dancing.
David won the dancing competition.
They had pineapple and biscuits for treats.
As John is turning 17, Mama presented him with his birthday gifts.













Tuesday, 12 February 2019

With love from the USA

Anita Patel and her mum, Raksha, arrived at Happy House with their hearts full of love for our kids - and a case full of clothes to give them!
Anita and Raksha are from New York where Anita works as a teacher in the Bronx district.
They have visited Happy House before and vowed to come back because they loved it.
Mama decided to surprise our guests by laying on some special entertainment at Kidz Club, including a fashion parade featuring the clothes they brought with them.
The kids took to the catwalk with confidence and loved every minute - as we will show you in a video on tomorrow's blog.
For today we have  the kids getting the seats ready for the show and Mama Sue's welcome to Anita and Raksha.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Meet the teachers

Today, we join Mama Sue at one of her weekly meetings with teachers at our Happy House School.
Mama, founder of our charity, has a busy life running both the Happy House Children's Home and its schools.
While staff can, and do, go to her at any time with a question, idea, or problem,  the weekly staff meetings are a chance to share  and discuss topics affecting school, students and staff as a collective.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Act of Kindness: Stephano's view

For Stephano, 14, being loved, cared for and educated at Happy House is the greatest act of kindness.
He an his younger siblings had experienced extreme hardship and neglect following the death of their mum, and coming to live at Children of Watamu Happy House  in 2015 changed their lives.
In four years,  Stephano has discovered just how great school can be with teachers to encourage him and bring him on. Maths is his favourite subject.
Here he talks acts of kindness and says thank you.
Apologies for the wind noise at the start of the video.


Saturday, 9 February 2019

Cover story

On Monday, we told you how we were planning to combat the problem of dust in the new computer suite at Happy house School.
Less than a week later, the curtains and computer covers are complete and in place.
One of Happy House  aunties, Constance, who is a trained machinist, has made all the pieces needed from material previously used as bed spreads and not longer in use.
At Happy House, nothing is ever thrown away if it still usable.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Making things last

At Happy House everything we have comes from the kindness of others and we are constantly aware of the sacrifices made in order to give to our charity and support our family.
So Mama Sue believes it is an absolute duty to ensure that everything is looked after, kept in good repair and regularly maintained.
Today, Ibrahim, who works in our maintenance department, explains how he is currently refurbishing the electric fencing around our building - a key to the security of our family.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Meet the aunties

Once a week, Mama meets with members of each department at the Happy House - aunties, outdoors and maintenance, and teaching staff,
These meetings give everyone a chance to give updates, discuss any problems and to look ahead,
Today we and Auntie Rose as they meet with the aunties.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Birthday six at Kidz Club

There was a special visitor to Kidz Club when Carol Sohier, Aunty Carol to our kids, called in to say hello.
Aunty Carol, who lives in Jersey, is a good friend to Happy House and enjoys catching up with the family every time she visits Watamu.
There was a singing contest when the boys took on the girls.
Aunty Carol was asked to take on the difficult task of judging, declaring the girls the overall winners!
There were lots of birthdays to celebrate, with each birthday child receiving gifts and greetings.
The birthday children were: Khalid, 13, Esther, seven, Katana, 14, Nickson, six Rose, nine,  and Edward, nine.
Birthday kids are pictured: Top left: Rose and Aunty Carol, top right: Aunty Carol and Nickson; Middle row left:  Katana with aunty Carol;  right: Auntie Carol and Esther; bottom row left: Mama and  Edward and right: Papa with Khalid. 


Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Revision just got easier

Visitors to the Happy House from England, Angela Lewis and David Paris, very kindly made a donation while they were there.
After talking with Mama Sue, they agreed that it would be nice if it could be spent on books for our children in Happy House School.
Each child in Primary Classes 6 to 8 now has revisions books which will be a huge help in their preparation for the KCPE exams at the end of Year Eight.
If you would like to make a donation to help make life brighter for children in our care please go to  https://www.justgiving.com/childrenofwatamu/Donate/












Monday, 4 February 2019

Dust busters

The hot, dry, climate makes keeping things dust-free at Happy House very difficult indeed,
Despite the finest mesh screens on our windows in the computer suite at school, the tiny specks are getting through.
So Mama Sue decided that material from end spreads, no long being used, should be turned into curtains for each of the windows in the suite.
There is also enough to make covers for each of the computers.
This will not only cut down on the dust, it will also look very nice too.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Our Act of Kindness

Acts of kindness come in many forms.
Mama Sue and Papa Dave had done many things in their lives before finding themselves in Kenya on holiday in 2000, and finding a cause they wanted to help - to alleviate the suffering of needy children.
Since then their story has led them to their setting up a charity, building the Happy House children's home and schools, and moving to live permanently in Kenya.
Mama Sue leads the charity and its development, with Papa at her side - her support, her counsel and her love.
Today, Mama talks about the Act of Kindness that changed her life.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Inter school debate

 Happy House School hosted an inter-school debate between our school and Gede Angels Academy .
The Academy is one of the school in the educational cluster that we are in.
The subject was: Technology has brought more harm than good?
The Happy House team has the task of opposing the motion. 
In this video,  class eight student Rukia  puts forward a convincing case for technology, citing examples of how it enhances lives.
At the end of the debate, Happy House came out as winners with a score of 66 points against the opponent school who scored 59 points.
Well done Happy House.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Internet research for students

Having internet access in our new computer suite at Happy House School makes education so exciting for for our students and staff.
They can harness the wealth of information available on the internet to research their subjects, enhancing and adding to that in their text books.
In this video, Mr Nickson talks about the research project he had set for his secondary students on land reclamation.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Exam ready!

Our Class 8 primary students at Happy House School will be taking their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Examination in November.
And although it is 10 months away, the administrative preparations have to be in place now.
The national exams are hugely important  because without them youngsters cannot go on to secondary school.
While the kids have spent eight years in readiness for the exams, and whose focus in the terms ahead, will be on those big exams, staff have to ensure every pupil sitting the KCPE exams are registered now.
Head teacher Mr Isaac, and IT man Mr Omoi have been the people ensuring this is done.


Wednesday, 30 January 2019

A matter of convenience

As our school population grows at Happy House School so must our facilities.
And that includes those serving our most natural needs, which is why we expanded our toilet block and the cess pits needed.
Digging out the additional cess pit provided the coral which was used to face the mew computer suite giving it the finishing touch.
The work was done over the long school holiday while builders were also on site constructing the new computer suite so it made sense to get both jobs done in tandem.
The result is that we have more toilets for both girls and boys  and staff which should make it much quicker and comfortable for both teachers and staff.
Mama Sue and our school principal and headteacher have  reminded the students of the importance to look after their surroundings and to use the toilets with respect.
Cleanliness is so important and the toilets are checked and cleaned at regular intervals throughout the school day.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Visiting the Happy House

Mama Sue was delighted to welcome two visitors from the UK, Angela Lewis and David Paris.
They were keen to see our Happy House children's home and school and were impressed by the standard of care and education we give to our children.
They very kindly donated £100 which they and Mama agreed will be used to buy text books for school.
Angela and David are also looking forward to sponsoring two of our children which is lovely and we are delighted to welcome them to our family of sponsors.
David and Angela very kindly agreed to make a short video about their visit.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Happy House in bloom

Our secondary students at Happy House School have been enhancing the school grounds by planting flowers in the newly created raised borders outside the computer suite.
 The young people who take a great pride in being at our school were tasked with putting in the plants to spell out Happy House.
Once matured it will look very nice indeed.






Sunday, 27 January 2019

An act of kindness by Janet

Janet has been a member of our Happy house family since we opened the Happy House children's home almost nine years ago. She arrived with her younger brothers Evans and Oscar and they can still recall those early days when we were waiting for a container load of furniture and other essentials to arrive from the UK. She has a family of sponsors who have truly enhanced her life and she is grateful to them. We have recorded a number of children and staff talking about Acts of Kindness and we will publish them on the blog every now and again. They are a reminder of how kindness comes in many forms and of how it should never be taken for granted.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Chicken troubles

Our flock of chickens at Happy House has been almost wiped out by a virus infection.
We have just two birds remaining after a serious disease, affecting flocks in our area, reached our chicken run.
It such a setback as we were growing or flock well and the kids loved helping to look after the birds which were producing eggs to be used in our kitchen- our picture of Brian feeding the chickens is from a few months ago.
Here  a very sad Papa Dave explains more.




Friday, 25 January 2019

Projector installed

An overhead projector gives the finishish touch to the new computer suite at Happy House school.
In this video, Mr Omoi talks about how the projector will help in delivering lessons and as there is a computer lesson in progress, Mr Kelvin, the computer teacher gives an insight into what the children are learning.
The purpose built suite, completed this month, is a huge asset to our school.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Inter-house soccer

 Games lessons are always popular with our athletic kids at Happy House School.
And they are even better when they involve a game of football!
All the youngsters love soccer.  
Our teacher organised inter-house matches.between the houses in their 
The first match t match was between the red and blue house 
which ended with a 2-0 scoreline. the second game was between yellow end with green winning 1-0.  
The final blew on the final between red and green houses it was 0-0 draw.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Computer lesson

Our new computer suite is making teaching and learning so much more enjoyable.
With each student as his or her own workstation in the spacious classroom everyone is more comfortable because they are no longer crammed in.
Mr Kelvin, our computer teacher, is taking a lesson with primary students in today's video.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Start the week

The Monday morning assembly is when our students at Happy House School are focussed on the week ahead.
Uncle Ronald, our social worker, reinforced the message of last week when they were told to organise themselves so that any work they were given to do out of school was completed on time.
Mr Isaac, head teacher, reminded the young people about the importance of personal cleanliness and issued a warning to those who insist on playing around the toilet block.
Assembly began with the scouts raising the national flags of Kenya and the UK.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Crunch question

Can you say biscuits? That was the crunch question Mama Sue asked her kids at the weekly family gathering at Happy House .
It's a word our children find it hard to get their tongues around with many saying 'bisquits" instead.
So ask she was giving out the treats she asked each child to say biscuits much to their amusement.
At Kidz Club two birthdays were also celebrated, those for Hussein and Neema John.  The kids received their gifts and greetings Hussein is pictured with Papa and Neema with Mama.
There was lots of singing and laughter too.   

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Helping in the kitchen

One of our older boys. John. is today's guest blogger.
He's talking for our outside kitchen where he enjoys helping out in food preparation and cooking.
With so many mouths to feed, our cooks are delighted to have willing helpers.
And learning to cook is a valuable life skill which will help John as he goes through life.
 ddsssss

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Mama's smiling again


It's Saturday and we have one very happy Mama.
All the kids are home from school and she can spent time having fun with them.
And the kids are happy too, to have Mama and Papa to chat to, sing to and to laugh with. 
There's always laughter at Happy House...

Friday, 18 January 2019

Forest visit

Students from Happy House school's upper primary school were invited by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to visit the Arabuko-Sokoke forest. 
The main aim was to educate the children on the indigenous trees, birds and animals found in the forest and why is it important to conserve them.
The kids visited the Arabuko-Sokoke forest station and they watched some educational videos about the forest, there was also a PowerPoint presentation on the what the Kenya Wildlife Service and other partners do in relation to wildlife.
There was  a guided tour in the forest to see the different trees, birds and animals found there. 
The kids learnt a lot of things of which later they were requested to write or draw what they saw in the forest.
All the papers were collected and stored as there will be more schools visiting and do the same.
Back at school, the pupils are required to write an essay about their experience of the trip. 
The essay papers will be collected and handed over to the KWS. All schools invited will be doing the same. It is a competition to find the the best writer about wildlife. The winner will be announced later 

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Mama's Empty nest

Poor Mama has been feeling down in the dumps - despite all the excitement and joy of our landmark computer suite.
Why? Because her Happy House nest is empty.
Since the kids went back to school last week,  there are no children at home  and for Mama it is just too, too, quiet!
During the long holiday she has got used to having lots of little people about, popping in and out of her office, plonking themselves down on her settee and telling her what they've been up to.
Now it's all adults, and unless she goes down to school she doesn''t see her kids until they come home.
Mama doesn't like it one bit!

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Celebration continues


 Mama Sue was absolutely over the moon when she spoke to students and staff of Happy House School who were gathered in the new computer suite to celebrate its completion and opening.
She was in tears as she thanked all who had helped to make it possible.
She urged youngsters to work hard and to follow their dreams.
She was emotional too, because the day also marked what would have been her late father's 96th birthday.
Mama said how she owed her organisational skills to her father who had taught her so much.
The school sang Happy Birthday in memory of her dad, Harold.
They were also addressed by computer teacher Mr Kelvin, primary head teacher Mr Issac and principal Md Caroline.
And final year student, Nasri, whose scholarship has changed his life spoke about how the lives of students were enhanced by computer knowledge and how much they appreciated the "golden chance' given to them by an education in our school.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Ribbon is cut!

 Mama Sue cut the ribbon to declare the Happy House School Computer Suite officially open.
And ,for the first time, the suite was on view to all the children who will be using it and whose education will be enhanced by it.
And with gladness and gratefulness they sang one of their favourite songs: Magic Penny.
It's all sharing the love you have in your heart, something we know all about at Happy House.
If it wasn't for the love and generosity of those who support us, who believe in Mama Sue and her work with disadvantaged children, we would not exist. Nor would we have wonderful facilities like this new purpose-built suite.
So here are a few of the words from the song:
Love is something if you give it away,
Give it away, give it away.
Love is something if you give it away,
You end up having more.
It's just like a magic penny,
Hold it tight and you won't have any. 
Lend it, spend it, and you'll have so many
They'll roll all over the floor.
After the song,  form 4 secondary student, Franco, made a speech  and presentation to thank Mama, Papa, our donors and all those who helped to make the suite possible .

Monday, 14 January 2019

Flags fly for opening day!

Our computer suite is officially open!
The flags were flying, the kids were singing and Mama and Papa were thrilled to bits to be showing students the wonderful new facility constructed since they broke up for the long holiday in October.
And as you couldn't be with us we are bringing the opening ceremony to you.
The suite, gifted by Mark and Amanda Barron, is a huge landmark in the development of the Happy House and will help drive forward the education that is, to our children, the road out of poverty.
This is one of a series of videos featuring the opening day which we will show over consecutive days on our blog.
We hope you will enjoy being a part of our joyful day.