Monday, 26 September 2016

Happy House "a family where everyone offers support"

After two weeks volunteering at Happy House Giuliana Pezzana is back at work organising events at a congress centre.
Our children has such a profound impact on Giuliana she was feeling homesick for Happy House  before she left as she tells us in her blog:
During my time at Happy House I have enjoyed playing and working with the youngest children, aged one to five years old and helping some of them to start writing first letters of the alphabet or drawing signs to practice with the pen.
I appreciated the very good organisation inside the Happy House and the school. One of the best things I could see is all the attention the children receive and in the way they are taught to be self-sufficient and help the children receive when they are learning to read. 
I could see how teachers care about showing children the rules. Everyone, from the youngest to the eldest, has some duties like washing their hands before eating and clearing their dish as soon as they have finished; they know to keep order in the classroom or before going for snacks.
 Children help in the house and it is very much a family in which everyone offers their support and help.
 All the rooms are very clean and there is a laundry where you will also find the washing machines. 
The house also has  a vegetable garden which offers produce direct to the kitchens.
 Happy House is a very nice place where children surely feel at home among aunties and uncles who take care of them. A lovely place which gives you the warmth of a family is how I felt in my two weeks there.  
Even before I left  for home I was already feeling blue and homesick for my new “family”
. I thank Mama Sue and Papa Dave for giving me the opportunity to volunteer, and all the teachers and others who work there for receiving me as one of them.
 I would like to thank all the children. Above all I remember Ann and Baraka who were the first to welcome me and who never wanted to leave my side. Fabio who joked with me while I was trying to help him to eat; Earnest who was always looking for my attention; Thomas  who, the funniest of all, was always joking; Pili who is shy but not so much that she wouldn’t quarrel with others to stay beside me; Joy who is the sweetest of all as her name reflects; Ashura who is sweet and a very good girl; Christiano who is funny and loving; Leslie and Ludwin who are an example to every mother;  Mariam and Farida who are the youngest;  Abdul who is always smiling and active;  Esther who is shy but always smiling; Alpha who is smiling and lovely. I couldn’t write of every child, so I have written of those who  I spent more time with and who entered my heart so deeply.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Mama Sue is my hero, by Philip

Today's junior blogger is scholarship student Philip Khonde 14, who comes from a home of extreme hardship.
Mama Sue is the hero of my life and my education, Thank you Mama for giving me a scholarship and a chance.
You are showing me a sign of love by giving me my school, school shoes, shoe polish, torch, school uniformand so many other things concerning my education.
I have seen that you have great  plan of my overhead life.
All what you provide for me, is caring of my life. I’m really appreciating it.
I am real enjoying Happy House life.
Thans for organising breakfast club hich is very great to me,

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Our star Charity

Mama's Star of the Week is only awarded when one of our children dooes something exceptional.
And so Charity had every reason to be proud of herself at Kidz Club when she was asked to step forward to be presented with a certificate.
Charity, six, was chosen because she keeps her locker super-neat, setting a good example to the other girls in her room.
Well done Charity!
Auntie Dawn Heather White and Auntie Linda Newman joined Mama, Papa and the family for Kidz Club along with Linda's friend, Julie.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Friends from Italy

Our family has many friends in Italy and Mama and Papa were delighted to welcome, for the first time, three lovely ladies from Rome.
Kind-hearted Guila Di Vara has set up her own project African Upendo to raise money and goods in Italy which she can distribute on her trips to kenya.
And Mama was very happy to be presented with 150 euros which will go towards supporting our children.
Guila (third left)  and her freinds Valeria Barbaresi and Patrizia Rossi were shown round our beautiful home and gardens by Papa Dave.,
Thank you Guilia for your kind donation and and for coming to visit, we hope that you, Valeria and Patrizia will come back again soon.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Kindness get school back to normal

We are incredibly grateful to the generous friends who stepped in with a donation to replace the items stolen in last week's break-in at our school.
Their wonderful kindness,has has enabled  Mama Sue to ensure that the for vital pieces of equipment including a submersible pump, TV decoder and laboratory equipment were back in place as soon as possible.
And that was specially good news for our Form 1 secondary class who were able to have a practical science lesson as scheduled.
The donation has also helped to repair damage done in the overnight raid.
Thank you, our friends, for your generosity and reducing Mama and Papa's worry and stress at a very anxious time.
You are making a difference to the lives of children.
Additional security measures to those already in place have been employed, which will be an ongoing additional expense, to do all we can to deter burglars. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

School Report:Currency v barter debate

School is buzzing with activity as kids are pulling out all the stops to achieve the targets they agreed with teachers at the start of term, writes Md Sarah..
Setting individual targets keeps everyone on their toes.
Primary classes enjoyed a lively debate when the topic was trading in currency versus bartering. 
Currency came out an overwhelming winner as the kids decided it was better to be able to use currency to buy what you need or want than to barter which would require having an item or items exchange.
Playgroup children enjoyed a session where thet were blowing with long or short breaths which they find fun whilst also exercising their muscles.
Baby class kids relaxed with a hand massage session where they covered their heads to aid relaxation while the teacher spoke words of positive affirmation as he massaged their hands in turn.
Earlier they used sponges to squeeze gently onto each others skin discover both the sensory and textural experience and also to leran how sponge reacts to touch.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Keeping the beach clean

 Watamu beach is looking a whole lot cleaner thanks to students from local schools and other volunteers who took part in International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday.
And kids from Happy House Secondary School joined the frontline waging a war on litter and other debris on the beach.
International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is organised by the Ocean Conservancy  and is the World's largest volunteer effort for our oceans and waterways.
More than 8 million kilograms of trash was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers during the 2015 ICC.
Watamu Marine Association and Ocean Sole coordinated the Kenya coast cleanup for the fourth year running, along the entire coast of Kenya from Kiunga in the north to Msambweni in the south. Keny Wildlife
 coordinated the cleanup in Marine Protected Areas.
Our school's Mr Steve said:  "The activity was so good for our Happy House kids because they had time  to interact with pupils from other schools and also to learn different things about the coast and the problems caused by litter from the exercise
Thanks to our beloved Mama Sue and entire family for supporting the Happy House team taking part."