Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Hamley says Hello, I've come to stay!

A bear called Hamley has joined our family.
He was brought along by his cousin Barnaby who is the infant class bear in a school in Taif, Saudi Arabia.
They hitched a ride with Lesley Pidcock, who is a teaching assistant in Taif, and her husband Alan when they were coming to Happy House.
Barnaby can only talk to adults and  he is always on the look out for children who behave well, use their polite words and do good work.
When they don't he gets sad. When they do he might ask them to give him a hug,
If a child is sad, he can listen and help to make them feel better.
Barnaby has a friend called Hamley who needed a school where he could be the special bear, so he brought him along to Happy House.
He's heard Auntie Lesley, who has been volunteering, say our playgroup and KG didn't have a school bear.
Auntie Lesley introduced them both to the Happy House family and told them all about the bears and their special powers, which were illustrated when Freddie, her helper, took them round to talk to our teachers.
Hamley told Mr Isaac, our head teacher, he was very happy to come to Happy House, he told Md Sarah, playgroup teacher, that he's like to sing Twinkle Twinkle and  Md Elizabeth, who is teaches in our secondary school, was thrilled to bits when said he'd to join her class.
We think he may have been kidding on that one, Md Elizabeth!
Hamley is staying at Happy House school now  Barnaby, has gone back to his school in Saudi so Auntie Lesley can help him to tell his own class about his travels to Kenya.
Hamley  is a very welcome addition to our family and even has his own Happy House shirt made by Lesley.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Home visit time

This will be a quiet week at Happy House.
As it is the last week of the Easter holidays, children who have relatives in a position to take them on a home visit have now gone home.
They left on Saturday, eager and excited.
Relatives came to collect them bright and early in most cases.
Three children got a lift from Noah, our driver, who was going to Mombasa on an errand was able to drop off John. Daudi and Diana on his way.
Maintaining links between children in our care and relatives is so important and Mama's pro-active approach has enabled Happy House to repatriate, by providing continued support, kids, previously in our family full-time, to relatives who have got back on their feet after the tragedy or extreme circumstances that led to their young relatives going into care.
Pictured are Baraka with his older brother;  Hussein and Husna with their grandmother and John, Daudi and Diana.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Learning to cook by Jedida

Jedida with Auntie Phillis
We can never have too many cooks in our kitchen as the kids are so eager to learn and help.
Today's blogger, Jedida, loves cooking:
In the kitchen we have two aunties. The aunties always cook for us different meals which we like. Most of the fresh vegetables they cook  come from the garden.
The aunties are very helpful to us in different ways such as giving us advice in case we need it.
 In the kitchen, we normally use the oven to bake bread or cakes. The bread and cakes are very delicious because the aunties are very good at doing it.
I like helping in the kitchen because it teaches me how to cook different things such as pizza, rice, ugali and soup.
 Right now I have learnt a lot from the aunties and I am able to cook some of these meals.
 I keep on helping so that I can learn more. The more I help the more I learn about new things in the kitchen.
When you look at the Happy House kitchen, it is always clean and tidy. This is because the aunties always make sure  they have cleaned it well after cooking.
The utensils are also very clean because after every meal they are cleaned and kept ready for another meal.

Helping in the kitchen is one of my best hobbies because being there and helping the aunties is enjoyable and interesting.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

A fab farewell

A special kids club earlier in the week, a trip to the beach and hot-dogs for lunch all added up to a a splendid send-off for Lesley and Alan Pidcock who set off back to Saudi today,
There was cake at Kidz Club on Tuesday, with songs and good wishes, and yesterday they enjoyed a trip to the beach, a splash in the sea followed by the walk home and hot-dogs apple bobbing, ice cream and more fun and games.
Lesley and Alan very kindly paid for the treats for the family.
They have both enjoyed helping at Happy House and Auntie Lesley has bee sharing her skills as an early years childcare teacher (she taught at Doncaster College before retiring and moving to Taif) with our own teachers.
Mr Isaac, headteacher, thanked her for all valuable contribution.
Alan complimented the school on being a caring and happy environment and told them they should all be proud.
The couple, who with the support of friends, raised £5000 for Happy House, were good friends before they arrived and have sponsored since their first visit in 2010 shortly after we opened.
It's been wonderful to see them again and we are grateful to them for all they have done.

Safe journey back home, hold the Happy House in your hearts, and come back again soon.
Lesley said: "What an amazing last day!
 "A trip to the beach with the children, fun and laughter all the way there, when at the beach and on the way home. "

Friday, 21 April 2017

Pep talk for Form 2

With their first term in Form 2 now behind them,  Mama has been having a get together with our secondary school's oldest students.
Having reviewed their exam results with each of them individually she and headteacher, Mr Isaac, a wanted a chance to hear from them as a group.
They have three more years in secondary school in front of them, and they understand the importance of helping and mentoring each other. with their studies which get ever harder.
Having a scholarship to Happy House school comes with responsibilities to those who support them, to each other and to themselves.
Mama's group sessions, with students and their teachers,  keeps the young people focused and are a real demonstration of the way she cares about their personal development.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Holiday bonus for baby!

Emmanuel, the youngest member of our  family, is thriving and revelling in the endless attention from all his Happy House brothers and sisters while they are on school holidays!
Emmanuel, who was abandoned by  his mum, joined our family in February and is the happiest little chap. 
Ad he may only have been with us a short time but he already has items from his sponsors, Red and Brenda Groves, in his memory box which will become his treasures when he is older.
Emmanuel, five months, is pictured with Charity and Said.
News of another Emmanuel, the very poorly newborn who was found thrown away in a pit latrine on Christmas Day, and came into our custody for a short time is that he is settled with a foster family and getting the medical care he needs.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Putting on a show

 Putting on a show comes easily to the kids.
They only need to be asked once and they will have a programme worked out and rehearsals organised.
So it was no hardship when Mama asked them to put on a show for Lesley and Alan Pidcock, who arrived just a little too late to see them perform at the school closing day ceremony.
With their usual style they staged song, dance and acrobatic acts - much to the thrill of their special guests.
They also enjoyed apple bobbing,  and  Alan joined in when, as Papa's Leeds Army, the kids all marched on together.
Our hip-hop hero David showed off his dancing, complete with press ups, and not to miss out his closest ally, Esther, did a dance too!
It was a happy occasion, enjoyed by all.