Monday, 22 January 2018

Francis faces delay

 A delay in getting essential parts for a leg brace is causing a hold-up in treatment for our Francis.
It means Francis,13, who has the serious bone infection osteomyelitis, has to wait until Wednesday to go back to Tawfiq Hospital, Malindi, instead of going for an appointment today.
Once the leg brace, which will support his leg and hip, is ready he will undergo an operation to do a biopsy and to remove some dead bone.
The brace will be essential, as he will be non-weight bearing after surgery while the bone heals.
He will also be dependent on crutches, so Mama, who knows all about using crutches from her own past experience, has been giving him some lessons - much to the interest of all our kids!
On Saturday morning,  Papa adjusted the crutches to suit Francis and then Mama talked him through using them - Francis laughing and smiling his way through and his the kids clapping him on!
He also joined Mama for today's video in which she gives us the latest update.
Francis has a long road ahead of him, and we have no idea how much all his medical treatment will add up - as there is no free healthcare in Kenya everything must be paid for and  as we want to give this special young man the best chance of a full recovery we are using the best treatment available to us, which comes at a price.
We are so grateful to each and every one of you who has made a donation towards his care, we hope there may be others who would like to help.  Any amount, no matter how small, will help get Francis back up and running like a 13 year old should be.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Sports day, by Brian

Happy House kid Brian Isiaho looks back to the sports day held during the school Christmaslholidays.
It was on Tuesday in the morning everybody went to the field to do the exercise. We played some games like volley ball, netball, football and some other games. 
There two teams green and team orange.
 We played a till break time. 
The team leading in those games was team green and everybody in green was very excited. After break we went back to play.

First we started with netball, second was volleyball, third one was foot ball then we continued with other games.
The teachers were there with us enjoying the games and not forgetting my lovely Mama Sue, she was there enjoying watching the games.
Everyone loved that day.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Welcome friends Carol, Betty and Paul

 We are so thrilled, this week, to welcome some friends to Happy House.
Carol Sohier, from Jersey, was delighted to be back bringing with her a donation of £350 raised from doing a car boot sale and by holding a coffee morning, which was well supported by her generous friends.
Carol was so pleased to see how the money was spent - it was enough to do our weekly shop and our little ones were queuing up to be on a picture with her and the shopping!.
Carol said: " I’ve visited Happy House a couple of times it’s lovely to see how well and happy the children are.
I can’t believe how well young David has come on especially after what the doctor had said about him."
At Kidz Club the children sang their hearts out to welcome Betty Hatch and her son Paul. They are from Essex.
Paul has been to Happy House before but this is the first time for Betty, 77, who is known to all our family for the amazing parcels she sends.
Affectionately called "Bargain Betty" - her eye for a bargain is legendary - she regularly sends parcels of essentials, and never fails to cover the cost of import duty.
We are so pleased Betty, who sponsors Salama, has finally got to meet our family and we are happy to welcome Paul back once again.
Thank you to Carol, Betty and Paul for your love and support for our family and for all the gifts you have brought.
We wish you very happy holidays.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Francis keeps on smiling

Francis is one brave boy!
He took his visit to hospital to be measured for a leg brace in his stride and went straight back to school afterwards,
When Mama Sue showed him the pictures taken during his visit, he just laughed!
Meanwhile, his Happy House brothers and sisters were very serious indeed when they looked at the pictures and Mama explained how Francis has a bone infection needing a special brace and lots of treatment.
They all want him to get well soon, just like you do.
Our fund to cover the cost of his treatment now stands at £4,379. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated for helping to get Francis well again.
Learning he has the bone infection osteomeylitis which needs surgery and antibiotics is a huge worry,  made worse because there is no free healthcare in Kenya.
At the moment, we have no idea what the total bill will be but we know that the initial costs can be covered thanks to your donations.
Please, if you can spare a few £s or Euros to help Francis, please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/childrenofwatamu/get-francis-well

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Gifts from Italy and JustGiving on the case



Our volunteer Sara Tognon  who has come from Italy to spend time working with our Happy H ouse family brought with use some very useful gifts of clothes, toiletries and other essentials.Some of our kids had great fun helping her to unpack.Thank you Sara.


JustGiving problems for Italian friends

Some of our wonderful Italian friends are experiencing problems trying to make donations through JustGiving.
This is causing a major problem for them and for us and JustGiving has assured us that they are investigating the matter with urgency,
To help them with this they have asked  donors to attempt clearing of their browser history and to then try again to make the donation. If  this does not work please let our UK coordinator know: elizabethgomm@childrenofwatamu.net  and she will pass the information on to the data team at JustGiving.
The general donation process on our charity page is working so others wanting to give to our charity should not face any problems.
We apologise to our Italian friends for this and we are doing out utmost to ensure that JustGiving resolve this issue as soon as possible.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Francis goes back to hospital

Our Francis smiled his way through his latest visit to Tawfiq Hospital where he was being measured for a leg brace.
Francis, who is suffering from the serious bone infection osteomeylitis, will need the specially made brace to support his leg and hip after he has a surgical biospy to determine the exact nature of the infection and to remove some dead bone.
This is likely to take place next week, once the brace has been completed.
The latest trip to hospital, with Mama Sue and Papa Dave, went smoothly and Papa played games with Francis on his tablet whilst they waited. Mama was stayed with him while he was being measured and as she says in her video update he was very relaxed.
She also took the chance to talk to the consultant.
Mama is still worried and upset about her boy, but thanks to you, our amazing friends, some of the financial worry has been lifted from her shoulders, because we now have £4,179 donated towards paying for his treatment.
Living in a country where there is no free healthcare, is a huge worry for our charity  when a child develops a serious illness.
We know that Francis' treatment could escalate beyond the amount raised so far, but the way you are rallying to help us get our boy well also gives us reassurance that you will help us  to raise all the money we need.
There are no words to express our gratitude to you. You are giving this youngster, a lively, vibrant, 13 year old, a real chance of making a full recovery.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
If you would like to help by making a donation please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/childrenofwatamu/get-francis-well

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Classrooms almost finished

Our four new classrooms at Happy House school are almost completed.
The air vents, which are handmade using a mould, are going in to give both ventilation and additional light.
The vents also help to keep down the costs
The steps, paths and floors all made from the local stone, galana, are also being laid.
Mama Sue said: "It's all looking good."

Francis update

Francis, 13, who is being treated for a serious bone infection, osteomeylitis,   was in Malindi yesterday at Tawfiq Hospital, we will bring you an update with video tomorrow - internet connection permitting.
We have a special JustGiving page where you can contribute towards the cost of his treatment. 
There is no National Health Service in Kenya and we will have to fund all the care he needs.