And the 12-year-old, who had problems at home, is putting her troubles behind her and and enjoying being a child within a big and loving family. Samira loves being in our school and has settled well into her new life.
Sunday, 29 November 2020
Saturday, 28 November 2020
Our children from Happy House love to see old friends returning to visit them time and time again. Many of them have grown up knowing DawnHeather White, a frequent visitor from Northern Ireland. DawnHeather hasn't let the pandemic stop her travelling back to Watamu for a few weeks of winter sunshine - that provided by our children as well as nature! Indeed she's been helping them to get ready for Christmas too!
Thursday, 26 November 2020
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
We hope you've enjoyed watching the Happy House Smoothie Challenge. Today, we come to the final day and the announcement of the winner. Mama Sue, who set the challenge, and Evans are the judges and they go through each of the team presentations to evaluate their efforts before revealing their choice for top place.
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Monday, 23 November 2020
There are lots of laughs in this presentation by Johnny and his team of smoothie operators.Jonny has Thomas, Lucky, Daudi and Stevie as his partners.They have been busy looking into the powers of papaya, avocado, banana, milk and honey ... their choice of ingredients for a perfect smoothie.
Sunday, 22 November 2020
ou will want to make a beeline for the Banana Smoothie Café after watching this presentation by Happy House kids taking part in Mama Sue’s Smoothie Challenge.
Priscilla is joined on her team by brothers and sisters Emmanuel, Brian, Vidzo, Ludwin, Lesley and Joyce.
Together the children put the case for their choice of smoothie to give you the feel-good factor!
Saturday, 21 November 2020
An apple a day ...add a banana and some milk and you have a tasty smoothie.But as well as tasting good, it does you good and can help regulate your blood pressure and build your bones.That's according to the findings of our three Happy House researchers - Rukia, Rehema and Harry for the Smoothie Challenge. So please accept their invitation to sit back and enjoy their presentation.
Friday, 20 November 2020
Husna, who is joined Michael, Neema and Fahima , have been looking into the goodness provided by strawberries and banana – their choice for a smoothie.
Their combination , they say, will work wonders for all kinds of ailments and is perfect if you need to loose weight!
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Delicious mango has all kinds of health benefits, according the research by the first team of youngsters taking part in the Happy House Smoothie Challenge.
The youngsters who are making this presentation to the judges and the res of the family are also using their imagination pretending to be a team from the United States.
They are doctors Florence, Elizabeth, Abdul and Natasha.
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Mama is a great believer in using the power of nature to help heal your ills and when Papa had sore ankles she went on a mission to find which fruit or vegetables would help to ease the inflammation.
And that got her thinking about a little challenge for the Happy House children.
We'll bring you each of their presentations over the next few days.
So get ready for some recipes!
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Aubergine, moringa, paw-paw, pumpkin and more are flourishing in the Happy House garden. Here Oscar shows us a patch of garden, newly created behind the laundry, where crops are now planted. Because the Happy House is based on coral we have to import soil to give enough depth and to enrich that we use every gardens favourite - manure!
Monday, 16 November 2020
Motorbikes are a popular choice of transport in Kenya and, at Happy House, we have one that is used for some local errands. Mama Sue is keen for the young people, growing up in our family, to gain new skills and is allowing John and Evans to learn to ride the motorbike, safely, within our own grounds. Being responsible and staying safe is the top priority as these two young men understand.
Sunday, 15 November 2020
Little Elizabeth is five years old and a happy and lively member of our Happy House family. Elizabeth came to our Happy House family, aged six weeks, having been found abandoned two weeks. After four weeks in hospital she was well enough to come into our care and it is a delight to watch her grow and blossom. Here she singing a song for you.
Saturday, 14 November 2020
We still have more than a month until Christmas but our Happy House family is already busy planning. And the children using free time at weekends to make Christmas decorations and they are delighted to have Auntie Dawn Heather (our good friend DawnHeather White from Northern Ireland) to give a helping hand. Priscilla tells us a bit more.
Friday, 13 November 2020
Meet Baraka Francis who is telling us about himself. He came into the loving care of the Happy House family when he was a little boy, along with his three brothers. Evans, who recorded the video, tells us: "Baraka is a happy and intelligent boy. He really works hard at school and he is sure he will be position one in the coming exam which it is nice because that Is positive thinking and he will because he wants to and tries hard. "He has always been in position one! "Baraka really likes helping the children who struggle a bit with their school work."
Thursday, 12 November 2020
A shelter to protect the Happy House cars is well on its way. Evans, who filmed the video, says: "Meet Uncle Charo and Brian who are building a shade for the cars to be parked. " Uncle Charo is a carpenter but he is very happy that he can do other jobs apart from carpentry. "They are almost finished with the roofing and very soon all the cars will be parked under a shade."
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Mama Sue and our family at the Happy House would like to bring a bit of cheer to friend around the world who are now, once again, gripped in a pandemic-enforced lockdown. They want to bring some of the sunshine of Kenya into your homes and are asking for your special requests for songs which our children will sing for you. We hope these videos will make your life in lockdown a little easier at a time when there is so much heartache. In Watamu, our Happy House family is keeping safe and well - and maintaining the strict regime put in place to try to keep it that way. We are so grateful to all who support us through the good times and the bad, and we just want to give a little of our love right back to you. Please email your requests to email@example.com
Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Happy House kids Brian and Lucky have been home schooled with the rest of our family during in lockdown. And now school has opened again to Years 4 and 8, Mama Sue is introducing the teaching methods, enhanced by Zoom, to children from the community returning to class. Lucky interviewed Brian about the advantages of e-learning at a confidence building assembly.
Monday, 9 November 2020
It's question time for Tumaini and Steve when they interview each other. The boys, both in Primary class 4, were taking part in the confidence building session at Happy House School. It's good to see just how well these youngsters, members of our Happy House family, perform in front of an audience.
Sunday, 8 November 2020
Happy House kid Saidi certainly wasn't shy when he was asked to speak about the importance of good manners. Saidi, who is primary class 4, was taking part in a confidence-building session for Years 4 and 8, the two now back in school following a long break impose to try to stop the spread of Covid19. Well done Saidi.
Saturday, 7 November 2020
Friday, 6 November 2020
It's no secret that Papa Dave likes his football. In fact, there won't be anyone in miles of the Happy House who doesn't know that he's a Leeds United fan. His first question to everyone he meets is"Which team do you support?" It's a universal ice-breaker, and at every Monday assembly he discusses the weekend result, to the excitement of the children. As we mentioned, these are videos recorded last week so when he's broadcasting as school's Radio Watamu, you'll know where he's at!
Thursday, 5 November 2020
Wednesday, 4 November 2020
Starting the day with exercises is a good way to get everyone in the mood for school. Exercise has lots of benefits as we know, including helping concentration. It's a warm-up for the week ahead, and these exercises at Happy House School are led by John.
Tuesday, 3 November 2020
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Monday, 2 November 2020
With almost 60 children in the family, Mama Sue always plans well ahead for Christmas. And this year, planning has to be even more rigorous than usual. The huge fall in visitors to Happy House, because people aren't travelling during the pandemic, has meant that not only have we missed their lovely company have also missed all the wonderful things they bring for children. Our store room, as you can imagine, is severely depleted. Stocks are lower than they have ever been before in clothes, toiletries, educational items etc. But Mama is making sure that even though Santa may not bring the children as much this year, each will get some special treats. We are very glad of the parcels we receive, but ever mindful of postage costs to you and of the import duties we have to pay this end. If you would to help make Christmas special, please make a donation via https://www.justgiving.com/childrenofwatamu/donate or PayPal https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ChildrenofWatamu Thank you and, please, stay safe and well.
Sunday, 1 November 2020
With years 4 and 8 now back in Happy House School, they have just had their first exams. An opportunity to see how how the youngsters, who come into our classes from the local community, have coped coped with school being closed for sevens months because of the pandemic. For the kids living in our care, who have been rigorously home-schooled, the exams were also a test to find their level. Mama Sue has, this week, been talking to each individual child to review their results and to encourage and inspire them.