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!