Happy Home

Established in 1975, by the late Reverend Doctor Johana Mruka Mgoye, Happy Home works to serve the needs of orphaned children in the Muhoroni District of Kenya as well as providing a centre for support of the local community.

 

In Kenyan society care for orphans is traditionally provided by their extended family and local community. However, with a high level of adult mortality, local population dependence on the rural economy and other practical constraints, it is not always possible for such care to be provided on a continual basis. Happy Home seeks to address such situations, providing a family atmosphere catering for the children's physical, emotional, spiritual and educational needs so that its residents become self-sufficient. It also encourages children to return to their communities during school vacations to maintain community/extended family links.

Happy Home Orphanage is now located in Kopere, near Kisumu, in western Kenya. It is just north of the Kopere Matatu stage,  which can be seen on this map.

 

The orphanage provides welfare and education for around 50 primary and secondary children. The home was built from scratch at the current site and opened in 2008, the old home being wooden and well past its operational life.

The Kopere Orphanage site

The new site in Kopere includes new dormitories, a chapel and a workshop.  The site also provides land for growing a variety of crops, enabling Happy Home to provide a level of self-sufficiency.

Happy Home Kenya Trust is helping the development of the children who need it most in a number of ways.  We work closely with our colleagues in Kenya,  who have overall responsibility for the day to day management of Happy Home at Kopere.  Our joint key aims are to ensure that the children have a safe environment in which to grow, attend school and develop into young adults. 

 

Happy Home supports its children and young people through their primary and secondary education. Some schools are local to Happy Home and others require children to board during term time.

 

As well as meeting the immediate needs of the young people we care for, HHKT is dedicated to provision for the future. One of the key parts of HHKT’s strategy for this is the funding of higher education, and several young people involved with Happy Homes have, with the help of our donators, begun training that will enable them to enjoy a fulfilling, self-reliant future.

 

We support the people in Kenya through a set of projects.  A project has its own objectives and always benefit for the children in the orphanage.  Some of these are described below.  Take a look at out Newsletters to get a view of ongoing project work.

Projects

Child Welfare

At Happy Home Orphanage, the children have purpose built accommodation and a safe space to play, on a site set in beautiful countryside. These provisions, along with a dining area and a worship space, amount to sanctuary for the children of the home, as well as a place where they can grow as people. Take a look at the orphanage in the pictures below.

Education

Happy Home supports its children and young people through their primary and secondary education. Some schools are local to Happy Home and others require children to board during term time.

 

As well as meeting the immediate needs of the young people we care for, HHKT is dedicated to provision for the future. One of the key parts of HHKT’s strategy for this is the funding of higher education, and several young people involved with Happy Homes have, with the help of our donators, begun training that will enable them to enjoy a fulfilling, self-reliant future.

This is Tom, an ex-resident of Happy Home Orphanage.

 

After gaining a B+ in his K.C.S.E examinations, which were funded by HHKT, Tom began his teacher training, including some first-hand experience at Roseate Primary School.

 

Tom, or Mr Ochieng as he is known to his pupils, on his way to earning enough to be self-reliant, as he passes his knowledge on to the next generation. With your help, we hope all our young people can go on to achieve self-sufficiency and a happy, sustainable personal future.

 

Vocational Training

Currently, all vocational training is provided via workshop facilities at the Happy Home site at Kopere. Computer skills and tailoring training are offered to older children from the Happy Home orphanage and other people from the area.

 

See below the key tutors for Computing (Jacline),  Carpentry (Vitalis) and Tailoring (Michael).  Jacline teaches people how to use computers and also different office applications.  This is important for local people who need to get computer skills in order to progress in their careers.  Michael assists with making uniforms for some local schools bringing more income into Happy Home locally.  Vitalis is a carpenter,  shown here with some of the tables and chairs he has made for sale which also brings income to the orphanage.  He also teaches young people carpentry skills. 

Horticulture

HHKT support various horticultural projects, all currently based at Kopere. The projects include beans and maize crops and these have been grown in recent years to supplement the food supplies at Happy Home orphanage. Yields have been very variable but they do help to keep food costs down.

 

Happy Home now has two poly-tunnel style greenhouses which will be used to assist with more reliable crop production and bring in some local income from surplus produce. Tomatoes and Kale have been grown in the first greenhouse. The second greenhouse produced a good Tomato harvest in summer 2014 which was picked for about 6 weeks.

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