The boys, enjoy growing vegetables for the kitchen. It is a useful hobby and here they say thank you to Mama Sue for providing them with an area to plant behind the laundry and for buying in the top soil needed. They also say thank to those who so generously donate to support our charity and for helping to make their garden grow!
Friday, 29 January 2021
Thursday, 28 January 2021
Top flight Premier League team, Manchester City, is the favourite of our Happy House founder, Mama Sue.
Born in Salford, Mama is through and through a Manchester girl - and proud of it.
As a city with two top clubs, footballing preferences are divided into the blue for Man City or red for rival, Man United. Mama has always been firmly in the Blues camp!
The kids in her huge family at the Happy House all have their own favourite clubs and to her delight, these four are all fans of Man City.
Here Erick , Hussein, Brian and Edward tell us more.
Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Tuesday, 26 January 2021
Youngsters at the Happy House eagerly follow the English Premier League. But time differences mean they can't watch games as they happen because they are often far too late but they are able to catch up later. With each child supporting one team or another the teams in featured matches will always have someone leading cheering them on.
Monday, 25 January 2021
Sunday, 24 January 2021
The weekend gives the children at Happy house a chance to help out in the garden. As you will know we have a lot of eager and green-fingered youngsters who like to help grow the food they get to eat! Here we meet Baraka and some of his friends, Harry, Baraka , Gift and Brian, who are in the greenhouse making sure it is weed free.
Saturday, 23 January 2021
In a family home as big as our Happy House there is always somewhere that needs a lick of paint. And keeping on top of things is the job of the maintenance staff. Here Uncle Ibrahim is painting the kitchen, with some willing helpers from our older boys. The kids are really willing to help because they are always eager to learn new life skills and Uncle Ibrahim is a good teacher.
Friday, 22 January 2021
The grandstand next to our football pitch at Happy House is starting the year in fine fettle. It has been spruced up with all the seats given a coat of varnish by Uncle Brian, a member of our maintenance team. As Morphin tells us, the goalposts also have a new look. Thank you to everyone who contributes, in any way, to ensuring that Mama Sue and the charity she founded, Children of Watamu, can continue their work in transforming the lives of children both in our home and at Happy House School.
Thursday, 21 January 2021
The room, as Mama Sue explains in this video, is close to the toilets and has a ready made grassed play area right next to it. It will be ideal for the youngsters, who must be out of nappies before they join our nursery, and easier for their teacher and teaching assistant. Once the decoration of the room is complete, the furniture will be moved in ready for the little ones.
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Monday, 18 January 2021
Sunday, 17 January 2021
DawnHeather White, Auntie Dawn to our children at Happy House, is a loving and loyal friend to our family. She's been visiting regularly since we opened and on this trip, from her home in Northern Ireland, has spent almost three months in Watamu. The children all know and love her, and for many years she sponsored Katana who has now grown up and is living with his sister in Malindi. Auntie Dawn wants to remain as a sponsor and asked Mama Sue to place her into the sponsor family of one of the children. Mama suggested that as she knows all the children she should choose - and that's what she did in the nicest way possible.
Saturday, 16 January 2021
Friday, 15 January 2021
He updated the children on the weekend football results including the result of a match between his own top team, Leeds United, against Crawley Town.But he took on a different tactic to explain Leeds 3-0 defeat by the underdogs - kindness! Really, Papa, do you think we are going to believe you?
Thursday, 14 January 2021
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Tuesday, 12 January 2021
Monday, 11 January 2021
Pupils at Happy House School start the day the healthy way - with exercise. Exercising in the fresh air, before the day gets too hot, boosts the energy levels of the children and gets their brains into gear for the day ahead. Here some of the youngsters enjoy exercises to test their reactions and their listening in a session of Simon Says with Mama and Papa.
Sunday, 10 January 2021
First week over of a new term at Happy House School and Mama and Papa are checking how everyone is doing. After being off for so long because of the pandemic it's been a settling down week. And it's also been a time to remember and remind children, and teachers, of the importance of good manners!
Saturday, 9 January 2021
Friday, 8 January 2021
Three days back into the new academic year and Happy House Schoo is settling down nicely. For most pupils it's been nine months since they were last in their classrooms. When the pandemic forced closure of all schools iN Kenya back in March last year, we had no idea it would be this length of time before we could reopen school fully. Two year groups returned last term, but now all are back. While the children living in our care have had home schooling throughout many day pupils have not, and we could not be sure how many parents would enrol their children for this coming year. As enrolment is done when school opens, it is always a worry. Our school is run on a not-for-profit basis but we must have fee paying pupils to sustain it. Happily Mama reports that all is looking good
Thursday, 7 January 2021
Teachers joining our staff at Happy House, Watamu, seize the opportunities it gives to learn new things. And at Happy House computer fluency is vital. In this video, Mr Chris is giving a workshop on Zoom to two new members of staff because they will be expected to use on a daily basis as a way of delivering lessons to students, enhanced by educational resources available on the internet.
Wednesday, 6 January 2021
There was great excitement on Monday as children in Kenya returned to school, many for the first time since the pandemic-enforced closure in March. Our children living in our care at Happy House were thrilled to be reunited with their friends who are day pupils and there were a good number of new students as well. The schooling methods we have introduced at Happy House whilst delivering education to our Happy House kids during the pandemic will now be used throughout the school. Exciting times ahead - without interruption we hope!
Tuesday, 5 January 2021
After nine months of home schooling for most of our Happy House children, they were thrilled to be getting ready to go back to the classrooms to start a new academic year at Happy House School. Two year groups had returned last term, as the government decreed, but yesterday schools were again opening fully. And that means youngsters will again be reunited with their friends who come in as day pupils - many of home will have received little, if any, home education. Our children at Happy House have been home schooled, with the introduction of lessons delivered using Zoom, in formal year groups in a classroom setting - using desks and chairs from school. They were all taken back to school by our children, an eager army of volunteers, who carried the desks and chairs the short distance down the lane from home to school. Brian introduces this video.
Monday, 4 January 2021
Youngsters at the Happy House stepped out on to the catwalk for Christmas fashion show. They modelled some of the wonderful new clothes donated by many of our friends. The pandemic has made this a difficult year for everyone, and we have seen the stocks in our storeroom decline as their have been fewer visitors who bring so much for our children. Angela Lewis, who was visiting for Christmas, took some beautiful dresses for our girls and Brenda Groves sent with her shorts she had made for the boys plus drawstring bags that Mama had requested. Betty Hatch regularly sends parcels of clothing bargains she has sourced, plus donating the cost of import duty that we have to pay. Import duty varies from parcel to parcel and the cost to the Happy House is high, so it's always a good idea to check with Mama Sue before sending a package to ensure it is something we need. To everyone who helped make Christmas so special for our children another huge thank you. It's back to school for them today, and the start of a new academic year.
Sunday, 3 January 2021
You never know what will happen when you visit our family at the Happy House Children's Home in Watamu. David Paris took on an unexpected role of Santa at our family party at Mama Sue and Papa Dave's home on Christmas Day. He was so good you'd think he'd been rehearsing all year! David, from Maidenhead, and his friend Angela Lewis, who are both great friends to our family and supporters of our charity, enjoyed every minute and share their thanks to those others, across the world, who ensure the future of our Happy House and make special times, like Christmas, possible.
*Angela and David travelled to Watamu before the tier four restrictions were imposed and complied fully with the testing and entry requirements imposed by the Kenya government.
Our lovely friends Angela Lewis and David Paris joined in the fun of our Christmas at Happy House.
Saturday, 2 January 2021
A trip to the beach is a highlight of our Christmas time activities for our children at the Happy House. With the older children looking after the younger ones, it was a happy family time enjoyed by everyone. Wouldn't we all love some fun in the sun right now? Thank you children for bringing your sunshine to us.
Friday, 1 January 2021
As we start a New Year, many of us still in the grips of the pandemic, we look forward to a time when we can put it all behind us.
At Happy House, where our family had been in lockdown for many months, the children are looking forward to returning to our school on Monday.
There the methods we have honed during home-schooling will be rolled out to every class, harnessing Zoom and using internet resources more than ever.
Evans, one of the first children to join our family in 2010, along with his elder sister, Janet and younger brother Oscar, will complete his schooling after his secondary exams.
He will, like his sister, moving out to live independently but will working at Happy House while studying a management course remotely, with the aim of joining Mama's management team. Exciting times for this young man.
2020 should have been a year full of celebration for Happy House and, indeed, we did get our 10th birthday in before the pandemic forced is all into lockdown, instead it's been a year of keeping going with the aim of staying safe and well - just as it has for our friends across the world.
As Mama says without you none of her work would be possible. Your kindness in donations, sponsoring our children, and in sending gifts keeps us going as a charity. But it is the love you show for us that is the driving force and we are forever grateful. Thank you. We send our love, our good wishes and our prayers for a happy and healthy 2021.