19-03-2012 by Freddie del Curatolo
It is called Happy House and is the salvation of many children in Watamu and the surrounding area without parents. It is the creation of a wonderful English woman, Sue Hayward and her husband. Three years ago, on their own, they built (with the help of many donations from their hometown of Manchester) an orphanage that has no equal on the Kenyan coast. As well as being a model home for many children of all ages, it is also a school with the most up-to-date standards, a great number of teachers and every facility. At the age of five, for example, you can already use a computer in the computer room. For some time now, this has also been understood by the "mzungu" who are starting to send their children to school or kindergarten. In addition to learning from public schools, the children grow up in an environment where they learn the importance of social interaction, the good fortune of having parents and being born in favourable conditions. This newborn baby was found in the bush a few days ago," Sue says, showing us a tiny smiling black baby, "He had rats poking at his mouth and insects waiting for him to die. They rescued him and brought him here. Sue works in consultation with the Children's Office, which knows about this facility and proposes. She can't say no and welcomes each newcomer as a son. Now there are many Italians in Watamu, tourists and residents, who want to help Happy House. Thanks to donations, we are building the last five classrooms of the primary school," Sue continues, "but we will not stop there. The two-storey structure is truly princely, with a canteen in the garden and a greenhouse for growing food. Happy House is another small miracle of the kind we like to describe. It is worth visiting and helping out!
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