Happy House - Children of Watamu 

Building a Bright Future

Thanks to YOUR support and belief in our work, our Happy House is blazing a trail for excellence in the care and education of needy children.

Sue Hayward’s Happy House children's home is built on a foundation of love.

Mama Sue to our family, Sue has spent 17 years of her life to making a difference to the vulnerable children of Watamu.

There are still so many more who need our help.

Celebrating its seventh anniversary this year Happy House is home to up to 100 needy children, our school which has been added since has a population of almost 400 pupils. 

Sue has made a difference, can you?

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Our work is made possible by all those who support us in so many ways, from individuals who fundraise or sponsor a child to churches, schools, to charitable trusts and organisations. Thank you to all those who have taken a Happy House child into your heart by becoming a sponsor - your monthly donations provide us with a regular income which goes a long way towards supporting the running costs for our large family and the lovely home we have created for them. Thanks also to those who support the education of a needy child by sponsoring a scholarship pupil in our school or have continued to support the education and medical costs of  a child who has left our full-time care to be repatriated to relatives.

Sue, and Children of Watamu charity which she founded in 2003, initially concentrated on education provision in Watamu but in 2007, after seeing so an even greater need, she embarked on a new project, to build her Happy House.

Sue wanted to create a real family home for children in need, the forgotten children, from Watamu and beyond.

HIV Aids, Malaria and other diseases claim lives, leaving kids orphaned. Other children are abandoned, many, their parents or relatives, defeated by tragedy or abject poverty, suffer from neglect.

Happy House maintains links between children in its care and their relatives, and has in 70 cases enabled the transition back into families of children who have been in full-time care, once relatives are back on their feet after whatever crisis led to their separation.

While providing a home again is in reach of these families, the costs of education and medical care are the major obstacles to reuniting them permanently with a young relative, so we are pcovering the costs of education and all the ancillary costs -books, uniforms, meals, shoes etc and meeting medical costs. We pay the providers of these services directly.  We continue to monitor the progress of each child.

Sue, and Children of Watamu charity which she founded in 2003, initially concentrated on education provision in Watamu but in 2007, after seeing so an even greater need, she embarked on a new project, to build her Happy House.

Sue wanted to create a real family home for children in need, the forgotten children, from Watamu and beyond.

HIV Aids, Malaria and other diseases claim lives, leaving kids orphaned. Other children are abandoned, many, their parents or relatives, defeated by tragedy or abject poverty, suffer fromercy changawam neglect.

Happy House maintains links between children in its care and their relatives, and has in 70 cases enabled the transition back into families of children who have been in full-time care, once relatives are back on their feet after whatever crisis led to their separation. While providing a home again is in reach, the costs of education and medical care are the major obstacles to reuniting families, so we cover those costs (paying the providers directly) and continue to monitor the progress of each child.

 Once a Happy House kid, always a Happy House kid.

  Happy House is not an institution, it's a happy family home for children. When you stand outside you hear laughter and singing. When you come inside you see happy, healthy, smiling faces.

We give what every child deserves, a childhood free from fear, hunger, abuse or neglect.

They have the highest standard of childcare and education and a bright future.

Our children thrive nurtured by caring, supportive staff and the backing of our sponsors, volunteers and trustees. Only those people employed at Happy House, all of whom are Kenyan, are paid.

Without our Happy House our children would be destitute. They would have no home, nor medicines nor education and the great possibility of not even surviving at all.

Our Happy House will be home to so many vulnerable children over many years to come.  As adults they will hold their heads high and be proud to say ‘I was a Happy House Kid ‘

 As our family grows and develops, we have to grow and develop and there is always some unexpected expense to stretch our funds.

 The everyday items we require for our family change all the time and we are grateful to those friends who help  by coming to visit and buying food, nappies, baby milk and everyday consumables or who fill an extra suitcase when they are travelling our way, and to others who send an occasional parcel of necessities.  For currently most needed items please see our Wish List

*Building work started on Happy House in August 2008. We received generous donations from Nyumbani UK, Coca-Cola Africa, Zurich, Scott Bader and The Jephcott Trust. Not only did we have to build the Happy House we had to furnish and equip it as any family home. We truly thank everyone who made this possible, and to all those who have supported us in any way since we opened .

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