The Happy Life Story: Saving abandoned children on the streets of Nairobi

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Author Name: Sharon Emecz

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The Happy Life Story tells the brief history of an inspiring children's home project in Nairobi in Kenya. It's told through the eyes of Sharon Emecz, who after twenty years on the corporate treadmill took a career break and spent a month in Africa including volunteering at Happy Life. The main children's home is in the suburb of Kasarani. Founded in 2002, they rescue abandoned babies from the streets, many of whom are orphans. There are over 2 million orphans in Kenya and this is the heart-warming story of a small group of people saving the lives of hundreds of children. The program has expanded to a 2nd home in the village of Juja Farm where there is now also a church and a school open also to local children. Helping children get adopted is a key part of what Happy Life do with over half of the children saved being adopted. The book includes two case study interviews with adoptive parents. The book was completed when Sharon and her husband Steve return for their second Christmas at Happy Life in 2014. The book is in colour as it features many photographs. All royalties from the book go to Happy Life. You can get more information at

ISBN: 9781780927497  Page count: 96 Publication-date: 6th February 2015