The Joy of Giving

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Ella (left) and Grace (right) visited The Happy Home Trust for 10 days in 2015.

……We came to the Happy Home for 10 days, having no idea what to expect. However the second we entered the happy home premises it was all systems go!

Our first night saw us visiting the hospital, as Navi, a 13-year-old boy with cerebral palsy had been admitted for malnourishment. We were thrown in the deep end, and the shock and sadness on seeing this was a humbling experience.

We spent our time in Fiji looking after the various children who come to stay at the happy home. These children have had to deal with hardship we never knew in our childhood, yet they are some of the most joyful, fun loving children we have had the pleasure to meet.

It was a privilege to get to know them during our stay at the Happy Home, and help out wherever we could – some of this ‘hard’ work involved various hairdressing sessions and splashing around in the pool. Every day spent at the Happy Home was different, and our time there was unforgettable.

Although one hopes for a world where the work Elizabeth does is no longer needed, she has become an integral part of many families’ lives in Fiji. By showing many families a different way of life and providing tools to help fight the vicious cycle of poverty in Fiji, she has been a catalyst for such positive change.

Hopefully her involvement with Fiji’s younger generation will help change some futures for the better. Although some days it may seem like she is fighting a losing battle, she continues, and is an inspiration for Grace and I. It was an honour working alongside her and contributing to this positive change.

Corporate Giving – Get your colleagues involved

Volunteers Needed 650 x 433 pxlMost companies provide various ways for their staff to support community groups. The Happy Home Trust, based in Suva, Fiji provides support for at risk and abused children.

The Happy Home Trust is a privately funded organisation with volunteer support from people in Fiji, Australia and other locations. Without their support, the Happy Home would struggle to provide the mix of services it does to Fiji’s most vulnerable children.

Our Wish List

If your company is looking for ways to give back to the community, we have numerous ways you can help. Our Wish List  is updated regularly with various items needed by the kids at The Happy Home.

Your giving and donations can help change the lives of the children we work with. Donations can be via PayPal* or directly to an Australian bank account in connection with our good friends at the Rotary Club of West Brisbane Daybreak Inc.

Contact Us Today

If you’d like to talk with us further about ways your workplace can get involved, please contact us today.

*NOTE re PayPal: PayPal’s polices require anyone donating to an organsiation in Fiji to create a PayPal account before donating. This only takes a few minutes, but will then allow you to donate using a major credit card or your PayPal account. Thank you for your support.

Facebook has replaced our newsletter

You may have noticed it’s been a while since we published a newsletter, it gets very busy here at The Happy Home. We opened a Facebook page about 12 months ago and discovered this was a better way to reach people and keep them informed about what has been happening at The Happy Home.

From time to time we will blog here as well, but our Facebook page is the best place to keep up to date with Sujit Kumar and all the children from The Happy Home.

Raised by Chickens

Sometimes, an ordinary life is tuned upside down by one extraordinary event that changes everything. For Elizabeth Clayton, it was meeting the child known as Chicken Boy. Have you ever seen something so awful, so horrific, that you can’t believe it’s really true? Well, that’s what happened to me on 28 November 2002. I’d gone with the Rotary Club to a local old people’s home near where I lived in Fiji, to donate some furniture. I’d emigrated to the island 15 years ago to set up a furniture business. We’d just arrived when one of the other volunteers, Malini Raghwan, came running over. ‘Have you see the Chicken Boy?’ she babbled. ‘Chicken Boy?’ I replied, baffled. ‘What are you talking about?’ I didn’t know what to expect as she led me to a dirty ward at the back of the home. But what I saw will haunt me forever.

Chicken Boy

Sujit Kumar “the chicken boy” who came to the limelight in 2003 for acting like a chicken and not uttering a word, is showing amazing progress after various tests and treatment by specialists in Brisbane, Australia. “Everyone is amazed with Sujit’s progress over the past two years,” spokesperson, Leslie Opie, said. “The one factor that most evident is how happy he is and how well he is responding to those around him.

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The Boy Who Was Tied Up For Life

Aired on Sky TV UK, Sujit Kumar spent the first few years of his life locked inside a chicken coop at his family’s home in Fiji. But this was only the beginning of his nightmare upbringing. After being ‘rescued’ by social services, he was placed in an old people’s home where he spent the next 22 years anchored to a wall, deemed too feral and unmanageable for staff to care for. This moving documentary …

Happy Home establishes new trust

The Happy Home will be establishing a new trust fund for Sujit Kumar known as Sujits Happy Home Charitable Trust. Elizabeth Clayton, of Happy Home, said the trust will be the custodian of the assets and donations made to the home. Ms Clayton said with lack of funds to cater for the boys at the shelter, they were thinking of closing it but donations from people have changed their mind.

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A Huge Thank You

A huge thank you to everyone in the Saint Kentigern Community who contributed in various ways to raise almost $2000 for Sujit Kumar and the Happy Home orphanage in Fiji. During their visit to Fiji earlier in the year, the Habitat for Humanity team visited the orphanage and met Sujit, popularly known as ‘Chicken Boy,’ the subject of a moving TV documentary.

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When trust is all there is

Elizabeth Clayton believes in giving people second chances. “Some might say it is a risk employing ex-prisoners but I say it is a risk employing anyone and in my experience the risk has been well worth it,” she said. “In fact, I am more concerned about employing someone who hasn’t been in prison than I am about someone who has.” ….. “I have found ex-prisoners to be loyal, honest and hard working,” she said.

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