Monday, 24 July 2017

Party Time

There was fantastic fun and games for all our Happy House kids when they had a party to celebrate hard work and good results in their school exams..
Mama promised them a a party if they did well, and was true to her word when they did.
Our kids are showing themselves to be striving to be very best, spurred on by the encouragement and mentoring they receive from Mama who, with headteacher Mr Isaac and  and social worker, Uncle Ronnie,  talks to each one individually on a regular basis about their progress and their goals,.
There was magic, juggling, dancing,singing, poems, acrobatics and lots and lots of laughter, specially when headteacher Mr Isaac took to the dance floor for a solo spot.
As the party was on the last day of Andrea, Ellena and Alex Manders visit to Happy House, Mama thanked them for all they had brought for and to our family, and the children sang to wish them safely on their way.
Andrea  said how much they had enjoyed their stay and commented on the excellent manners of the children.
It was a happy time for all the Happy House family and enjoyed by all.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Our talented teachers by Rita

Scholarship student Rita Mapenzi, 17, writes today's blog
I am in Form 2 and am happy to be a member of the Happy House family.
I thank Mama for giving me this opportunity to be here in Happy House.
We have a high school with form one and two students.
In high school section we have five teachers, two female and three male teachers. These teachers are Mr. Laurent, Mr. James Mr.Omoi, Mdm Elizabeth and Mdm Sara.
These teachers teach different subjects. Some teach humanities others sciences.
Our teachers are brilliant and we love them so much. They know how to teach and they are very polite and they understand their students.
In addition to that they are talented many different activities.

We need your support NOW

 We desperately need people to sponsor a child, from abject poverty, who is only in school because they have a free place at Happy House School on our Dr Danwata Scholarship Scheme.
Each of the students pictured here with Mama Sue needs a sponsor. 
Of our 93 scholarship students, we have 55 without sponsors.
 Not just to help support their education financially but also to become a friend who will, through emails, letters and postcards, open another window on their world and to encourage them in their studies.
It costs just £20 a month to sponsor a scholarship student and to light up a life.
£20 provides all a youngster needs - schooling, uniform, books, PE kit plus nourishing breakfast, lunch and snacks.
 Please tell your friends about us, encourage them to sponsor; hold a fundraising event or make a one-off donation.
Together we ARE changing lives and together we will change many more
For details of how to set up a sponsorship please email: elizabethgomm@childrenofwatamu.net

Saturday, 22 July 2017

School is the tops!

Officials from the district education department made a special visit to Happy House to congratulate the school on our Class 8 taking second place in the zone.
They presented headteacher Mr Isaac with 3,000KSH (£22) for the school to mark the result.
Mama said: "There was three representatives who have insisted that Happy House is number 1 at the end of term exams. 
"They praised our school and our teaching methods, so we felt very proud."

Thank you

Many thanks to Jennifer Wollniok from Germany for calling in at Happy House to 
bring balls and pencils for our children.
The balls are great for helping our children to develop hand eye coordination and
no matter how big or small every child loves to kick a ball.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Helping out at Happy House

Andrea, Ellena and Alex Manders have been busy helping out in our Happy House school.
As exams are taking place this week for the older kids, they have been helping  with the little ones in the kindergarten.
Mama was thrilled with all the gifts they brought, and also with the £1000 raised by Andrea's Happy House At Home fundraising event.
Andrea had asked Mama if the money could be used to do the Happy  House family shopping and she, Ellena and Alex, had the interesting experience of going out on the shop with driver Noah and Papa Dave yesterday.Andrea said
 Many households do a weekly or big shop, the Happy House is no different. Ellena, Alex and I, joined Noah on his weekly trip into Timboni. There are 66 Happy House kids plus 239 school children to feed. Papa Dave ensures he pays a fair price and as such, gets value for money. This supports the local economy too. My aim before I left England, was to raise enough money to cover this weekly shopping – around 450 pounds. With kind and generous donations from family and friends, I raised just over 1000 pound- enough for two weeks.
A small banana is 5 Kenyan shillings, about 3p. Apples come in at 30 Kenyan shillings each, about 18p. Making them a treat!
The items we collected this morning cost 43,000 Kenyan shillings – 323 pounds.Meat, fruit and vegetables and charcoal for cooking is due for delivery later
Our thanks to Andrea and to all her family and friends who supported her fundraising and made her shopping expedition possible.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

School Report: Exams come round again

The computer room has been in use every minute of every day  as high school students have using it  before and after lessons brush up on revision for the end term exams started this week, reports Md Neema
Primary pupils have also been preparing for exams.
Students had a debate on the subject : Polygamous marriage is better than monogamous marriage?
Debates help students inn confidence and to perfect their use of the English language.
Kindergarten kids really enjoy their break times when then have snacks and a chance to play - often in the sandpit.
Play is so important to their development and helps them to be sharing and caring.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Happy House dream come true for Andrea

Everything she has seen, read and heard about, became a reality for Andrea Manders when she walked through the gates of our Happy House.
Andrea started helping in 2009
And there was an all-singing and all-dancing welcome awaiting her and her children Ellena and Alex.
Andrea's three sponsor children Natasha Thoya, Priscilla and scholarship student Ann Joseph were waiting to to say hello along with  all our family ready and eager to put on a show - just for them! 
 Andrea, from Poulton, Lancashire, has been supporting Happy House since it was just a dream in the making for Mama Sue - and one that supporters like, Andrea, helped to turn into a reality.
Not only has Andrea sponsored, she's also held and helped with fundraising events - her latest, held earlier this month, raised more than £1000.
Mama and Papa always want to make sure that our friends who visit have a wonderful experience which gives them memories to treasure long after they've left.
Andrea said: "Ellena, Alex and I arrived at the Happy House School to be greeted by Natasha , who is seven, Priscilla, who is 10,  and  16 year old Ann  – it was hugs all around and a few tears (me not the girls). 
All the school were assembled in the banda.
I took the hands of Natasha and Priscilla and walked to the front. 
Mama Sue greeted the children “Happy House Power”. 
Then we watched a show given by the children of all ages  which included singing, dancing and acrobatics. It was thoroughly entertaining.
 Afterwards, the children went to their lessons and we had a tour around the school.

 For over 7 years, I have seen photos of the land and then the buildings, and the children, of course,  but to actually be here in person, at last,  was quite overwhelming. " 
And for Natasha, who Andrea started sponsoring when she arrived at Happy House as a baby, it was a chance to meet the friend who has helped and encouraged her all her life.
Andrea was able to give Natasha the album she started putting together for her when she was just a baby and in which she an see the story of her own little life.
She is also a wonderful friend to Priscilla and Ann and took along gifts for them too, plus many things for our family.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Laptops outlay

 We've just had to spend £900 on three new laptops.
One is for Auntie Velma, who sends out updates to sponsors. Her laptop was reconditioned, old and very, very slow, making her job difficult as sending emails had become a real problem.
The other two are needed in our school.
If anyone would like to make a donation towards the cost, and we would be so grateful for any amount no matter how small, please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/childrenofwatamu/Donate


SPONSORS  NEEDED

Of our 93 scholarship students, we have 55 without sponsors.
 Not just to help support their education financially but also to become a friend who will, through emails, letters and postcards, open another window on their world and to encourage them in their studies.
It costs just £20 a month to sponsor a scholarship student and to light up a life.
£20 provides all a youngster needs - schooling, uniform, books, PE kit plus nourishing breakfast, lunch and snack.
Our scholarship scheme is for children whose need is proven and who show a commitment to learn.
We need your support NOW
 Please tell your friends about us, encourage them to sponsor; hold a fundraising event or make a one-off donation.
Together we ARE changing lives and together we will change many more
For details of how to set up a sponsorship please email: elizabethgomm@childrenofwatamu.net