Since 2003, Happy Home Kenya Trust has been supporting Happy Home, an orphanage in Kopere, Western Kenya. We help to provide
a level of education and structure which, in turn, can provide the opportunity for a better future for the children of the orphanage.
In recent years, we have begun to cast the net wider, and are now aiming to assist other young people in the region in need of education, relief of poverty and knowledge of Jesus Christ, in order to ensure that they have the best possible chance of one day making their very own happy home.
One of the ways in which we aim to help is through the funding of higher education, something which would otherwise be out of reach for the vast majority of young people in Kenya. We’re proud to say that we have contributed to the success of pupils in a number of areas, including nursing, teaching and technical tuition, whilst many also benefit from the vocational training already available at the Happy Home Workshop.
With the help of contributions from grant making bodies, and the kindness of our donors, we hope to create a more optimistic outlook for children across Kenya.
Trustees play a vital role in the operation of HHKT and the current appointees are as follows:
Martin and Jan Jones. Martin is secretary of HHKT. Martin is married to Jan, with two children and four grandchildren. He recently retired after thirty three years in General Medical Practice and has recently been ordained in the Diocese of Derby, having previously been a Reader in the Church of England for sixteen years. Jan and Martin have been associated with projects in Kenya since 1997 and with Happy Home since 2001. They have visited Happy Home on four occasions, and became trustees of HHKT in 2010. They love playing and listening to music, and have a love of nature and enjoy any activity which takes them outdoors including gardening, walking and bird watching.
Lyn Reeve - "I recently retired from Primary teaching and have two grown up children and one brand new grandson. I worked for 27 years in a church school in Derbyshire and for
obvious reasons children have always played a huge part in my life. Our school worked closely with the village church in fundraising for Happy Home and when the opportunity arose in 2007 to join “the
team” on a visit to Kenya I jumped at the chance. The buildings in the old Orphanage were battered, patched and quite dangerous for the children and staff but the feeling of love and great joy was
all encompassing. We were thrilled to be invited back in 2009 for the opening of the new Orphanage The excitement of the children on first having clean running water and electricity was tangible.
Their resilience and hope will stay with me forever.
I can’t wait to go back!"
Rev. Ken Horleston - "Hi, I first came into contact with Happy Home Orphanage and Fellowship Centre way back in the autumn of 1986 as a Curate in Wolverhampton. The Revd. Johanna
Muruka Mgoya Mgoya the founder of Happy Home, was a friend of the Vicar of Holy Trinity and each year, Johanna visited the Church. Consequently, we too became friends and when I moved to Derby
three years later, I invited Johanna to meet my congregation. From the outset Johanna encouraged me to visit the Orphanage and to see the work first hand. Eventually in 1996 I agreed to go but not
until 1998 during a
Sabbatical. Very sadly Johanna died unexpectedly in November 1997 but I kept my word and in 1998 I spent three weeks at the Orphanage. Since then I have visited the orphanage a further four times and am thrilled to see how Johanna's vision continues thanks to all the hard work of the Trustees and staff in Kenya and the British Trustees and its small band of supporters over here."
William Millar is a recently appointed Trustee (November 2015), having been long term friends with Jonathan Barnes (former chairman and secretary) and Phil Marsden. He is a member of Burlington Baptist Church in Ipswich.