In a major development, the Kenyan Government decided in 2020 that they wished to see children living in their birth communities rather than living in orphanages. Happy Home Kenya Trust fully support our Kenyan trustees and the Kenyan government in making this transition. In fact our Kenyan brothers and sisters have already moved the majority of children formerly resident at the Happy Home in Kopere into the community. Support from HHKT and you as our supporters is needed more than ever however as the government cannot fund the children living in the community any more than they could previously fund the children living in orphanages. So HHKT, and you as our supporters, still have a vital role to play. We will still continue to fund schooling, uniforms, toiletries, medication, transport, pocket money etc. In fact of all the items we used to fund whilst the children were resident at the home the only two items we do not fund when caring for children in the community is accommodation and food as these are now provided by the child's guardian.
This change of emphasis from a child being placed in the care of an orphanage rather than looking for a ‘guardian’ within that child’s community is being overseen by a government department known as the Ministry of Children’s Services.
For the foreseeable future, all of the children within the care of Happy Home will still return to Happy Home during the term breaks but will be cared for by their guardian family during the slightly longer Christmas and summer break.