Stories of hope from a children’s home in Kenya, brought sunshine to a Morecambe church.
Elizabeth Gomm, voluntary UK organiser for Children of Watamu charity was guest speaker at Morecambe Parish Church Fellowship Group where she showed a video and spoke the Happy House –a children’s home and school built and run by charity founder Sue Hayward, a former Blackpool landlady
Starting her work in Kenya in 2000, Sue had developed three schools by 2007 when she moved on to address a greater need by building her Happy House as a family home for up to 100 children who have been abandoned, orphaned, abused or neglected.
For some children the Happy House provides a temporary home during a crisis in the life of their family.
A kindergarten, primary and secondary school have since been added and both the children’s home and schools have become centres of excellence for the way children in care can and should be cared for and educated.
Her audience was touched by the stories of some of the children and uplifted to hear how the Happy House changes the lives of so many – both those living at Happy House and the 80 kids, from abject poverty, who are on free places in school.
Fellowship member Phil Ramsden and his wife, Karin sponsor a Happy House child, nine year old Saumu (pictured left).
The evening resulted in a donation of £50 from the fellowship plus another £56 in donations.
“Every penny will be used to improve the lives of children at Happy House,” said Elizabeth.
To find out more about Children of Watamu visit www.childrenofwatamu.net
If you would like to make a donation visit https://www.justgiving.com/childrenofwatamu/Donate/.
Support Happy House for free when shopping online with http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/ watamuhappyhouse.