How are you? I am fine and well and growing very fast.
Mama Sue told me that your school will soon be closing for a long holiday. I hope you all have a nice time.
We will be having a holiday from school soon, and will be having a special school closing day when we do a show. I hope my class will be singing. I really like singing and have a very loud voice so everyone can hear me.
I am trying hard in school. I think you will have had my school report. I like going to school with all my brothers and sisters. After school we get changed and play out and have lots of fun.
This picture is me in my Blackpool shirt with my friend Freddie.
Lots of love
Jambo is “hello” and “rafiki” is friends in swahili which is the common language in Kenya.
Auntie Libby is writing this for me but one day when I am big enough I will be able to write for myself. I am learning how to write my letters in baby class.
In the school holidays, some of of my ”brothers and sisters” at the Happy House went to visit on home visits to see their relatives, it was funny without them. But those of us who were here still had lots fun even if it much quieter than it is usually.
We did miss them and we so pleased when they came back. When my best friend Sauma came home I was so happy I gave her a big kiss.
Now we are all together again and very busy.
Lots of love,
Do you like school dinners? I do.
I like everything we get to eat – breakfast, dinner and tea.
For breakfast we have porridge or sweet bread and a drink of milky tea. Then when we are in school we have more tea at break time and a snack, sometimes it is fresh fruit or it maybe a biscuit.
Then at lunchtime we all go into the banda and sit down at tables then we say our grace before we get our food. The big children serve us little ones first.
We have ugali, which everybody here eats, it is like a dough made from maize flour which you have with a stew made from vegetables. Itâ€™s nice, but lots of people from other countries who have been here and tried it, donâ€™t like it. They pull funny faces and go Ugh!
Other days we have rice and vegetables.
For tea, we have fish and rice, or we might have pilau or vegetables stew. We eat lots of fish because we live close to the ocean and lots of vegetables and fruit which grow in our greenhouses.
The fruits in the garden are bananas, coconuts, papaya, sweet melons and passion fruit. The vegetables are maize, you call it sweetcorn, sumawiki (like spinach) tomatoes, okra, breadfruit (aubergine), cabbage, beans and lots more!
Mama Sue says that we are growing big and strong because we eat good food.
I would like to hear what you like to eat.
Love from Brian.
Jambo to all my friends at Devonshire School.
Auntie Libby is writing this for me. She says you will all be getting very excited about Christmas.
We celebrated Christmas early at the Happy House because our Mama and Papa were back with us and they had to go back to England.
So we kids asked if we could have our Christmas while they were home with us, and Mama said yes.
Father Christmas came to see us with his two naughty elves. I hadn’t seen elves before and they made me feel a bit shy.
I wasn’t sure about saying hello to Father Christmas, but Auntie Coral came with me and when he gave me my present I said thank you and ran off back to my seat.
He brought me some new clothes, a book and a toy. Aren’t I lucky?
I also have the book the Gruffalo that you sent to me. I have looked at the pictures, and Gruffalo looks very funny. Thank you.
Then we did some dancing and had our lunch, pilau rice and turkey. Then we had cake. We all like cake. For tea we had ice cream.
I hope Father Christmas brings you some nice things.
Children of Watamu Happy House, Kenya
Hi to all my family at Devonshire school,
We had a party to welcome home Mama, Papa and Auntie Libby and I won the competition to see who could eat a biscuit the fastest!
Everyone thought Linus would win, because eats so much and so fast, but I beat him and was the winner.
I will get a certificate at Kidz Club today.
Lots of love from
Baby Brian was born in June 2010 in Malindi Hospital, Kenya, weighing a very health 3.2kg.
Shortly after birth his mum walked out of the hospital leaving her baby behind, covered by the bedclothes â€“ no-one will ever know what terrible circumstances will of driven her to abandon her little boy.
But by leaving in in hospital she will have been certain that he would be cared for.
It wasnâ€™t until the hospital staff went to change the sheets that Brian, struggling for fresh air, was discovered!
After formal reports were made to the police and the childrenâ€™s office, Mama Sue at the Happy House was asked to take Brian into the family at her childrenâ€™s home which had opened just a few months earlier.
Of course, she said yes, and Brian came home to the Happy House on June 9, 2010, his official birthday!
As an abandoned baby, Brian is entrusted into the care of Mama Sue and her husband Papa Dave and the Happy House for the rest of his life.
Mama Sue chose to call him Brian after a very dear friend who had died a few years earlier. He had been very disabled but had always faced up to every challenge life presented to him, so Mama Sue thought his was a good name for a baby who had suffered a difficult start in life.
Brianâ€™s surname is Hayward, like his Mama and Papa, so he was the very first member of a new African family â€¦ the Happy House Haywards!
Brian was a very happy baby who liked to sleep and eat. He crawled, walked and talked at the times he should and was no trouble at all.
He has now grown up into a very inquisitive and bright toddler.
He does have a few problems with his health, because he suffers from asthma, but is monitored carefully and doesnâ€™t stop him from having a very busy and active life.
He is in baby class at the Happy House School and enjoys his lessons and loves to play in the sandpit. When he is not in school, he likes to play with his Happy House â€œbrothers and sistersâ€. With 59 children in the family he is never short of playmates.
Amongst his most proud possessions is his Blackpool FC football kit, so kindly sent to him, by all his special friends from Devonshire School â€¦ who are important members of his sponsor family.