Kind-hearted children have helped give a tragic Kenyan baby a safe home.
Pupils at Larkholme Primary School in Fleetwood agreed to sponsor Athman who is currently living at the Children of Watamu’s Happy House Children’s Home in Kenya.
He is one of 72 pupils at the home and weighed around just 3lb and 4oz at three-weeks-old after he was born prematurely.
His mum had died while trying to give birth to him. His twin died too in the tragedy.
It meant Athman’s refugee grandmother was left to look after him, his sister Sudi, four, and brother, Abu, three.
The grandmother was already struggling to survive and had to resort to feeding the newborn cow’s milk which he was unable to digest.
But now with the three children in the care of the Happy House, the grandmother has a chance to rebuild her life and visit when she can.
Larkholme School was introduced to the Happy House by Fleetwood Rotarian, Sandra Foulkes, whose family sponsor two twins.
Joanne Collin, a teacher at Larkholme school said: “It was the idea of the Larkholme Rotakids to hold an African-themed afternoon in school to raise money.
“All the children came to school dressed in African colours for a small donation.
“The money raised was donated to the Happy House and enabled Larkholme to sponsor baby Athman.
“The children are very excited about helping Athman and are looking forward to hearing about his progress.”
Former Gazette journalist Elizabeth Gomm, who is a voluntary UK coordinator for the Happy House, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Larkholme school into our Happy House family. We know they will get a great deal of pleasure getting to know all about Athman and watching him grow.”
Hotelier built a haven for the children
Former Blackpool hotelier Sue Hayward has created a unique haven for needy children in Kenya.
The Happy House is a trailblazing children’s home, through Sue’s charity, Children of Watamu.
Opened in 2010, it was finished and furnished with much support from the Fylde coast.
The Gazette’s Eve in Africa Appeal, in 2009, raised £13,000.
The money helped fill a 40ft container with clothes, equipment and vital supplies, which are now in daily use by the children.
Sue and her husband, Dave, are mama and papa to 72 children, aged from a few months, to teens.
The Happy House has a unique child sponsor scheme, which aims to build sponsor families of five for each of its children.
You can help by fund-raising or making a donation.
For more information visit www.childrenofwatamu.net