Happy House - Children of Watamu
Sue Hayward, Mama Sue to our family, has devoted more than 15 years of her life to making a difference to the vulnerable children of Watamu.
There are still so many more who need our help.
Her Happy House opened in March 2010 is now home to 112 children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or abused.
Sue has made a difference, can you?
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Our work is made possible by everyone who supports us in so many ways, from school bake sales to charitable trusts and organisations. Thankyou to those who have taken a Happy 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.
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.
Children are orphaned by HIV Aids, Malaria and other diseases. Others children are tragically abandoned and others aresuffering from the terrible effects of neglect, abject poverty or abuse. In some cases, older children are left caring for younger siblings. A burden they are unable to shoulder, try as they may.
Our Happy House is exactly what it says on the gate - a happy house, home to happy kids.
It is not an institution, it's a happy family home for children. When you stand outside you will hear laughter and singing. When you come inside you will see happy, healthy, smiling faces.
It is a home where vulnerable frightened, abandoned and orphaned children discover the joy of going to sleep in a bed and waking up to a breakfast, knowing they will have three meals a day, their own clothes and possessions.
We give them what every child deserves, a childhood free from fear, hunger, abuse or neglect. They have the highest standard of childcare and an excellent education.
Above all, they have love and respect.
Sue and her husband Dave, who is the wind beneath her winds, are their Mama and Papa.
Our children thrive nurtured by caring, supportive staff and the backing of our sponsors, volunteers and trustees.
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 .