Monday, 31 August 2020
Sunday, 30 August 2020
Saturday, 29 August 2020
Friday, 28 August 2020
Some of our younger children are getting an introduction to keyboard skills. At Happy House we know that having good computer skills will give our children a head start. Today our video shows Michael giving them a lesson.
Thursday, 27 August 2020
As you know, they enjoy helping around their home and there are always volunteers for every job. So there was no hesitation when Mama Sue asked if anyone would like to do some painting. Here John tells us what they are up to.
Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Tuesday, 25 August 2020
It is such a pleasure for sponsors to see their child doing well in school . Morphin, one of Auntie Libby's sponsor children, has done so well this term he has come second in his class in the exam results. He's struggled a bit in the past but increasing the use of the internet and technology in delivering lessons seem to be just what he needed to fire his imagination. Auntie Libz made a donation and asked Mama if Morphin could, please, choose a treat to have a Kidz Club to share with all the family. He chose sausages and lollipops! So on Saturday each child had a sausage snack followed by a lollipop ... a great choice, Morphin!
Monday, 24 August 2020
It's within a few minutes walking distance, which is ideal as she will be working for us now - helping with our younger children as a trainee teacher.
Mama and Papa were there to help her as she moved in and members of our staff ensured that any small problems, including a leaky shower, were sorted out.
Janet joined our family in 2010, along with her two younger brothers Evans and Oscar, and has grown up in our care.
So having her Happy House Mama and Papa there to support her as they always have is really special for her. For Mama it was a very emotional day.
Evans who filmed this video says: Janet's studio is nice and it looks very smart. "She is happy to have it and although she lives out of the Happy House, she is still a Happy House kid because once a Happy House kid always a Happy House kid."
Sunday, 23 August 2020
Saturday, 22 August 2020
We are always looking for ways to keep costs down at Happy House and even the kids in our care understand the need to be thrifty. After all, as a charity, everything we have is thanks to the kindness and support others. So in these strange times, when money is even more tight, the kids thought they'd help by making brooms for the house aunties and other members of the family when they are cleaning. Evans, who shot the video, says:"It is very nice that the kids understand how hard the situation is and they are really giving a hand where they can so that they can also save some shillings."
Friday, 21 August 2020
We have some real "professional" young gardeners at Happy House. Mama Sue gave them their own garden where they could grow food for our kitchen and they are showing themselves to be taking it very seriously. Evans, who made the video, says: "The kids really love gardening, after school, they all run to their small pieces of land to water their plants. This is nice for them and as you can see in this video how this boys are happy working in their little portions of land. Everyone was given the chance of choosing what they want to plant , some went for carrots, tomatoes, maize and many more other plants. "It is very nice for these kids to have this small responsibility and really it keeps them occupied because they are always working in their gardens" Here Saidi shows us the garden and and introduces Edward and Erick who are two other members of the club.
Thursday, 20 August 2020
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
We don't just take great care of our children at Happy House - we look after everything we have. After all, every item we own has come from the hard work of others - those who support our charity and the work of our amazing Mama Sue. We owe it to you to keep everything in top notch condition and to make it last as long as we can. Our vehicles are used on dusty roads and we try to keep them sparkling. No dust, no rust, as Uncle Saidi, one of our staff members, tells us in this video presented by his helper, Happy House kid, Morphin.
Tuesday, 18 August 2020
She wanted to give a loving family home to kids like those she'd seen abandoned, abused or suffering from living in extreme poverty. In her care they would grow an flourish, like weak little seedlings, given the right care, they'd bloom into strong and bright flowers. Mama Sue wanted to make a difference to the lives of children. For one little boy Mama Sue and her Happy House arrived at precisely the right time - a year later and his fate would have been so very different. David, now 10, came to us towards the end of our first year. He'd been abandoned at Malindi Hospital by his mum, who was HIV positive and alcohol dependent, who later died from Aids, He was two months old when the hospital released into our care, he'd arrived two months early, was tiny, and a always floppy baby. As Mama says in this video we sought the best medical help we could find but no one could quite pinpoint what was wrong, but suggested it could be Downs Syndrome. He was 11 months when some doctors at a specialist centre told her just to take him home and love him, because we wouldn't have him long. But at Happy House we don't give up that easily.Where we know there's a spark we'll turn it into a flame. And that is the case with David, whose most recent exam results show just how far he has come and how, with extra care and attention, he really can achieve.
What could have happened to David all those years ago doesn't bear thinking about so instead we'll carry on looking ahead with the excitement of watching him grow.
Monday, 17 August 2020
Sunday, 16 August 2020
Another Song on Sunday from some of our children at Happy House. Bringing you music which comes right from their hearts are: Greg,Brian, Morphin, Dulla, Khalid, Tumaini, Gift, Baraka Francis, Erick, Hussein, Baraka Kaingu and Lucky.
Saturday, 15 August 2020
Rain is always welcome at Happy House - we need the water to get our garden growing. But the amount of rain we have been getting recently has been a nightmare for our aunties who do the laundry. Even when the rain stops they haven't been able to get to the washing lines because land around them becomes a quagmire. So builder Carlos is at Happy House creating a hard standing area for the laundry area, which will have a path direct from the laundry. He is also reusing materials from an old store, once a cowshed, to make a lean to where our vehicles can be parked and protected from the weather.
Friday, 14 August 2020
Thursday, 13 August 2020
The new plot of garden created in the Happy House garden has been divided into plots for our children.
The kids really want to help with the planting and growing more food and they are happy to take this responsibility. Everyone who is willing to plant has been given a portion of land where they will plant and tend their crop until harvesting time. Lucky presents our video.
Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Until building work started on the Happy House in 2008, the land on which it stands had been bush. Digging the foundations revealed that it beneath the scrubby earth was coral. With so little good soil, we have had to import tons of the stuff to create a garden which now yields vegetables and fruit. Now, Mama Sue has decided to create a bit more growing room and more soil has been imported as Uncle Alfred, one of our grounds staff, tells us.
Tuesday, 11 August 2020
At Happy House we have kids we have happy and healthy kids always eager to learn and to do their best. They put in lots of effort to do things well. Mama Sue inspires and encourages them and rewards them, too. So during the break in quiz time they had fresh and fruity snacks - half an orange and half an apple each.
Monday, 10 August 2020
It's important that the children who are in our care do not fall behind, so Mama Sue put mechanisms in place to ensure they were having lessons despite schools being closed since March and not scheduled to reopen until January. And quizzes have been introduced as a way of getting them exam ready - much more fun than traditional revision! Here teacher, Mr Khamisi tells us more.
Sunday, 9 August 2020
Saturday, 8 August 2020
Friday, 7 August 2020
Thursday, 6 August 2020
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Tuesday, 4 August 2020
Monday, 3 August 2020
Sunday, 2 August 2020
Saturday, 1 August 2020
We hope you will look out for your sponsor child, and enjoy their happy voices.