Some of the bedrooms at Happy House are being smartened up with some fresh paint. Mama Sue likes to ensure that any maintenance work is done as soon as it is practically possibly. With so many children in our family the wear and tear is immense but we want their home to be smart and comfortable. Uncle Ibrahim has been busy painting the bedrooms and revarnishing the woodwork in the children's bedrooms and he is featured in this video introduced by Edward. None of our work is possible without your support, it is because of your generosity and love for the family Mama Sue is able to do all these things.
Wednesday, 31 March 2021
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
It's a big day for two very special members of our Happy House family next weekend. Mama Sue and the kids are putting on a birthday party to celebrate the birthdays of our beloved Papa Dave and of Evans, one of the first children to come into our care back in 2010, who will be 21 in April. The party will be at Mama and Papa's house and it will have an animal theme. The kids have been busy party planning and here some of the boys are searching the internet for ideas for masks they can make.
Monday, 29 March 2021
Auntie Janet has become a valued member of our family at the Happy House since joining our staff in eight years ago.
Sunday, 28 March 2021
Happy House School has broken up for Easter - for a seven week holiday! With the children only back in school a short time, after an interruption of months because of the pandemic, Mama Sue is keen for the children living in our care, to keep up with their learning. So the home-school, so popular and successful during lockdown, will be brought back for the duration of the holidays. Here Husna tells us a bit more about their holiday timetable, which is a balance of lessons and fun. It's going to be a busy break with lots of exciting things to do
Saturday, 27 March 2021
Friday, 26 March 2021
The last of our Happy House birthday "Meet the kids" videos today.
Thursday, 25 March 2021
We really hope you are enjoying our 11th birthday videos from Happy House. Today, 14 youngsters come to say hello! They are Priscilla, Brian Hayward, Diana, Tumaini, Fahima, Khaled, Mwende, Baraka Francis, Rehema, Hussein, Dulla, Charity, Greg and Gift. And how healthy, happy and smart they all look. Without the Happy House, it would have been a very different story.
Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Class 8 student, Jacinta, is confident and ready for the challenge of her KCPE exams taking place this week. Bright and full of hope she, and fellow Class 8 students, are seizing the opportunity the exams give them to her make Happy House school shine! They've worked hard and we wish them every success as they take the exams that are their road into secondary education.
But like many children, who want to be older than they are, some of this group have added the odd year or so when asked "How old are you?" Indeed Victor, who was two in October, stands tall when he tells Evans he's four! Harry, too, says he's 11 - which he will be in the summer. Anyway, age doesn't matter, for these little boys Stevie, Saidi, Daudi, Harry and Victor, the Happy House birthday is also start of another year of a worry-free childhood. And that is thanks to Happy House.
Monday, 22 March 2021
The day after our Happy House birthday sports, it was back to the hard work for our children in school. And Mama Sue was there first thing to check out how much they had enjoyed their special day - and they had! She congratulated the youngsters on their gritty determination which had seen them beat adult staff in most events. She also wished our Class 8 the very best for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams which are now taking place. The usual exam timetable was delayed because of the interruption in school caused by the pandemic and schools were given eight weeks notice of the exam dates for 2021.
Papa Dave presented Class 8 with a trophy for their performance in the recent Happy House exams which saw them taking the place of Best Class for this term.
In this lovely video, four children in the care of Happy House tell us a little bit about themselves. Samira, a newer member of our family, speaks of the love and kindness she has found in this special place. Also having a few words are Edward, Jessica and Brian Makotsi.
Sunday, 21 March 2021
Today, we meet Fahima who is telling us about herself and how she feels about living and learning at Happy House. Like all the children in our care she is happy and really appreciates what is being done for them by Mama Sue and all those who support her work. They know very well they could not be better cared for, educated or loved than at Happy House
Saturday, 20 March 2021
A few years ago Mama Sue invited a team of local acrobats to put on a show for the Happy House kids for one of our birthday celebrations. The kids were astounded by the towers and tumbling of the athletes. The members of team came back a few times and were kind enough to teach the kids some of their moves. Since that time the older kids have been teaching the young ones and they put on their own shows. This is an extract of the performance for our 11th birthday party this week.
Today, it is the turn of Erick, Lucky and Thomas to tell you about our Happy House. The three brothers who are a family within our much larger Happy House family. They were such unhappy, neglected, little boys when they joined our family and now they are having the secure, loving and happy childhood they deserve.
Friday, 19 March 2021
Make that chicken pilau for 400, please!
The Happy House is always full of love and laughter, Today, Esther, Thomas, Joyce, David Hayward, Neema, Abdul and Nickson tell you about themselves - assisted by Evans who recorded the video, The children are truly brothers and sisters, although not related by blood, Growing up together at Happy House has made them a part of a family this bound by love and what great little people they are,
Thursday, 18 March 2021
The teenagers are a giggly group but all work hard in school, help in the family when they are at home and who enjoy every day! Meet Jacinta, Husna, Florence, Purity and Rukia.
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Today, March 17, our Happy House is 11.
Tuesday, 16 March 2021
Tumaini was 12 when he came into the care of Happy House along with his twin brother, Gift, and younger brother, Baraka, four. That was in May 2016. Their mum had recently died and they were left in the care of an aunt who was fighting a losing battle to make ends meet and look after the boys. Since coming into our family, they have found love, hope and happiness and, as Tumaini tells us, are thankful for the kindness of our Mama Sue.
Monday, 15 March 2021
Today we meet three boys who have spent almost their entire lives at Happy House.
Sunday, 14 March 2021
Today is Mother's Day - a day to celebrate and say thank you to mums everywhere. At the Happy House, one young man, Nasri Juma, speaks for all our youngsters as he says a very personal thank you Mama Sue. Nasri joined our family as a scholarship kid in our school in 2014, he was desperate to learn. He was living in poverty with his grandmother, his mum had left him many years before, and there had been huge gaps in his schooling because there was no money to pay. But Nasri never lost his thirst for knowledge, school was the one place he wanted to be. Mama Sue gave him that chance. He has since completed his primary and secondary school with flying colours and is now working in our school. Mama's love and the opportunity she has given him has enabled him to break free of the poverty that had dominated his life. In this video he tells us how grateful he is to Mama Sue and of how he looks upon her as his biological mum. "She has done great things for me," he says.
Saturday, 13 March 2021
Friday, 12 March 2021
Our Happy House seamstress, Auntie Constance, has a new sewing machine.
Thursday, 11 March 2021
Capping the old well, drilling a borehole, reinforcing the water tower and building a garden store is all coming on well - but at a cost of more than £1000.
But as Mama tells us the water we are getting from the borehole is fresh unlike the salty water from the old (now dried up) well.
So it will be much better for our garden plant crops of vegetables and fruit, and is so pure its drinkable too!
Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Students at Happy House primary school have their exams this week . But before they started Mama Sue met with every class to ensure they were excited, enthusiastic and prepared to do their very best. Here she's with Pre-Primary 1, one of the nursery classes and they may be little but they have high hopes!
Tuesday, 9 March 2021
Mama Sue and her team of party planners are busy preparing for a special celebration on April 3. It's the day earmarked for a party at Mama and Papa's house to celebrate the birthday of our beloved Papa Dave and Happy House kid now all grown up, Evans, who will be 21. As the party will have an animal theme the kids will need something to wear and while we have masks, brought back from the UK several years ago, they will need something to go with them. So Mama has bought some lengths of animal-themed materials from a local supplier which will be turned into wraps etc. Anything left over will be used to make shorts for the children. The party planners are looking at animal themed songs and activities to make it the party of the year ... so far!
Monday, 8 March 2021
Today our Happy House's wonderful Mama Sue brings you up to date with all the news of our family. She expresses her concern for all those of us who have had such a long winter, made harsher by the ever-present cloud of Coronavirus, and her relief to hear that we may now have an end in sight. At Happy House, the many months our children were off school inspired a new way of teaching and learning as she applied her innovative style of management and mothering to coming up with a safe of of providing home schooling to the kids living in our care. This has now been taken forward into our school, which reopened a few weeks ago, because it was so successful. Helping with home schooling also put one young lady on a path to a career! The pandemic has brought rising prices in Kenya and an almost total stop on tourism both of which have meant extra expenditure. Visitors, many of them old friends now, would bring us so many of the essential items that we need for our youngsters (from socks to sanitary pads) so we have missed those generous gifts and have had to add those things to our already stretched shopping budget. Other unexpected expenses have cropped up including drilling a borehole and replacing a well-used sewing machine (which started life in 1968!)
Sunday, 7 March 2021
Saturday, 6 March 2021
Friday, 5 March 2021
At Happy House, Mama Sue and the children are preparing for one big party to celebrate two special birthdays. In April, it will be both Papa Dave's birthday and Evans, who will soon be starting work at Happy House having been in our family since he was a small boy, will be 21! The party will be at Mama and Papa's house and it's going to have an animal theme and that involves some serious research and colourful masks!
Thursday, 4 March 2021
The start the week assembly at Happy House School gave Mama Sue a chance to fire the enthusiasm for exams. In her inspirational style she urged the youngsters to make the most of revision time, to ask teachers if they were in doubt of anything, and to just do their very best. At Happy House, youngsters look forward to exams and these will also signal the coming Easter break. Papa Dave, their personal Radio Watamu, brought them the latest football news.
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
Tuesday, 2 March 2021
Meet some of our Happy House girls who today hope to bring their own sunshine flooding into your homes and hearts.
Evans, who filmed the vide, said: "We know it is often cold and wet where many of you live, so please just open your doors and our kids will bring the sunshine flooding in.
"Our family the family is really thinking about you in in these hard times. We are happy for what you do to keep this family going.
"Please stay safe and remember that the Happy House family loves you all."