Our Happy House kids had fun getting ready for their exams. Home schooling, powered by enthusiasm and e-learning, is keeping our family of 60 children on track with their education during these tough times dominated by Covid restrictions which closed schools in Kenya back in March. To get them all fired up for their exams, and as a fun way of revision, they took part in a quiz as Mr Nasri explains.
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
With 60 children in our our family, the aunties working in the Happy house laundry have a mountain of washing every day! Now they no longer have to worry about negotiating puddles left by the rains we get. They now have a dedicated drying area with lovely secure new lines. There is also hardstanding for our vehicles with shelters underway. Mama Sue decided these were needed to protect the vehicles from the elements and to make life easier for the laundry, so it is money well spent. Morphin is our reporter
Monday, 28 September 2020
Our boys would, in normal times, go out into the village to visit the barbers. But with the ever-present risk of Coronavirus, we try to keep everyone at Happy House as safe as possible and so asked the barber to come to us instead. And the boys, who like to look smart, were delighted and quite happy to wait in the banda until it was their turn. John reports.
Sunday, 27 September 2020
Saturday, 26 September 2020
Friday, 25 September 2020
t's been a testing time for our teacher at Happy House. They have been developing their skills by learning more about the features of Zoom and how to make the most of them. The cloud-based video conferencing service will be used in our school when the children return as we expand e-learning. Our teachers are excited by the challenge and sat an in-house exam on Zoom as Mr Paul tells us.
Thursday, 24 September 2020
A little girl called Tallulah treated all our children at Happy House to ice-cream.
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Mama Sue is saying thank you to everyone who has helped us to install smart TVs into every classroom at our school. And also for providing the money we needed to lay cable to take a stronger internet connection to support our mission to increase the e-learning we can deliver to our students when school returns. This will ensure that methods developed at the Happy House in home schooling the children living in our care during lockdown, can be extended to all the kids coming into school from the community on their return to education. With this and our incredible computer suite our children really will be very well grounded in technology and other subjects which will give them a head start when they are ready to enter the workforce.
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Painting the Happy House exterior is a huge job. But it has to be done regularly to ensure that the building is kept in good condition. Now the rains have stopped, this is the ideal time and Mama decided to bring in some labour from outside to help out own maintenance staff. Not only will this get the job done quicker, it will also put food on the tables of these men and their families at a time when work is in very short supply. Uncle Ibrahim presents our video.
Monday, 21 September 2020
Our older girls have turned into party planners to organise a celebration of Mama Sue's birthday next month. Mama wants to be able to hold a party her and Papa's house in Turtle Bay. With everyone going there will be more than 60 there including, Mama hopes, some sponsors who are planning to visit will be able to go. Her birthday is on the 16th, but the party will be held on whatever day suits best. It sounds as though it will be so much fun. So book your flight now!
Sunday, 20 September 2020
Love and joy this is what we at the Happy House children's home in Watamu give to our children and something some will not have known before coming into our care. And in return, we watch change from frightened, unhappy little beings into confident and happy kids who can enjoy their childhood in the knowledge they are secure and loved. This Song for Sunday says it all really!
Saturday, 19 September 2020
Friday, 18 September 2020
Thursday, 17 September 2020
The round banda at Happy House is where Mama, Papa and the children can relax. It's furnished with wicker chairs and sofas which were beginning to look a bit tired. They do get a lot of use, after all! So Mama asked some of the older boys if they would like to paint them which they did, and the cushions have new covers. It all looks lovely as Mwende tells us.
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Baby James slept through his first birthday honours at Happy House kidz club last week. So we had a replay on Saturday and he stayed awake! Here Mama Sue, with James on her knee and with Emmanuel and Abdul Malik at her side, says thanks to everyone who sponsors a child or supports our family. She also tells us what a happy, healthy little boy James is growing up to be and shows him a birthday card and letter from sponsor Angela Lewis which will be kept safely in his memory box for him to read and treasure when he old enough
Monday, 14 September 2020
Foleni is a driver who also helps with cooking in our kitchen. He has worked at Happy House for a number of years now and is grateful for his job. Good employers can be hard to find in Kenya, so he values what he has at Happy House where reliable employees are always treated fairly and have both good pay and conditions. When Foleni, Uncle Foleni to our children, needed time off to deal with family issues in another part of the country he was given it, reassured that his job would be there when he returned. He tells us how he is delighted to be back.
Sunday, 13 September 2020
Three-year-old Emmanuel turns choirmaster at Happy House to lead today's Song for Sunday. Evans, who filmed the video, says: "Emmanuel is a good singer and he is coming up very well in the family." He leads our family in singing "If You Are Happy and you Know It."
Saturday, 12 September 2020
Friday, 11 September 2020
Work is coming on well to create an area of hardstanding at Happy House. As Papa Dave explains the area will prevent a mudbath that comes with the rains. This has been a real problem for the aunties who work in our laundry as its where the washing lines are located. So Mama Sue decided to bite the bullet and use some of our much-needed cash on putting in hardstanding wit new washing lines. Plus there will be four covered areas when the Happy House vehicles can be parked and protected from the weather.
Thursday, 10 September 2020
Testing the children's progress by using exam works effectively at Happy House. They are having exams every six weeks so that their teachers and Mama Sue can monitor how they are doing and to spot any weaknesses before they become a real problem. Here Madam Esther has set an exam for some of our young ones, who with all the other children in our family are being home-schooled.
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
We wanted him to be a birthday video star. After all, it's not every day you reach your first birthday. But our little James, a foundling who came into care of Happy House at 15 days old, had other ideas. Safe in the arms of his Mama Sue he slept right through his few minutes in the birthday spotlight at the weekly Kidz Club when we celebrate any birthdays of the week. But as Mama shows us he had a new cuddly companion to wake up to, his birthday present. Happy birthday James. Sweet dreams!
Tuesday, 8 September 2020
Monday, 7 September 2020
Uncle Ibrahim, a member of our Happy House maintenance team, has been helping our volunteer painters to brush up on their skills.
Some of our older boys were eager to help spruce up the wicker furniture in the round banda, and have been working very hard.
But they had missed a few bits and made some mistakes, so Uncle Ibrahim was happy to show them how to put them right.
We believe in doing things the correct way at Happy House and don't cut corners, so learning this now will be a lesson that will go through life with our youngsters.
Sunday, 6 September 2020
Another Sunday, another song. We are so pleased that you are enjoying seeing ad hearing our children from Happy House as they sing for you each Sunday. They form their own little groups and chose what song they will sing.
Saturday, 5 September 2020
Friday, 4 September 2020
Thursday, 3 September 2020
Join Uncle Julius, one of our outdoor staff at Happy House, in the garden. He is checking on the small plots allocated to individual children who wanted to grow their own small crop. They prepared the ground, planted the seeds and have been caring for them ever since. In this video they are weeding. Once the crops are ready to harvest the vegetables will go to our kitchen where they will be used to help feed our family.
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Football is a passion for every child at Happy House whether they are playing or watching the game. And some of the younger children have been learning a bit more about it from Papa Dave who joined them to watch a game between Liverpool and Aston Villa. Leeds fan Papa is already looking forward to the start of the new Premier League season on September 12 when he is predicting a win for his team when they take on Liverpool.