Kingham Hill is helping Guatemala

On the last day of school before the Christmas holiday, I had a nice surprise.  I found out that the kids on the charity committee at Kingham chose my charity for the upcoming term.   I’m really excited because it’s helping people in Guatemala where I am from.   I really want people to understand that Guatemala isn’t a wealthy place and that lots of people need help.    I’m happy that the school will be helping and that we can have fun with some of the events coming soon.   I always knew that Kingham was a good place.  Now it feels like they care about people who aren’t just at our school.  For me, it makes me proud to call Kingham my home.


We’re getting older and getting more involved.

Diego dog show

My charity has been around now for 7 years. Teamhelps is a good charity and I am proud of it because it helps people that need help. Now that I’m 12 I’m getting more involved with my charity. Me and some kids who I trust are having a meeting and talking about how to spend the money we raised from the dog show.

We raised £2,826 at the dog show this year and we are going to dicuss what to do with it in the charity. I chose these kids because they have done so much for my charity giving in their own ways to help and we need to hear their ideas for the future. We need ideas and I think these kids will help not just my charity but people who struggle but I think if these kids are here with me the people in Guatemala will see a brighter day ahead of themselves and their families.

Love from Henry Austin

Countdown to Dogs Got Talent!

We can’t wait to have you all here for the third annual kids Dog Show. Don’t worry if you have a kid but don’t have a dog – we have friends that will loan out their friendly dogs for the ‘events’. Or, come without a dog and just enjoy the afternoon. We’ll have a BBQ, tea and cake by the brook, a bar on the Patio….stalls with stuff to buy ….there is something for everyone.

What a week.

We had an amazing week building two houses for famlies. The first family had 11 children – a total of 13 people living in a one room house with 3 beds. The second family had (only) 6 kids, a total of 8 people living in one room with 2 beds. They now have a concrete, dry structure with a front door, window and even a skylight!
It was wonderful for us to work side by side with them to give them a new home. Some pictures from the week are here:

We’re here.

roof view

We made it here to Guatemala! Mom, Dad and I are the only ones here in this house so far. This morning we woke up at 4 am. It was dark. We waited for the sun to come up so I could get a picture of one of the volcanos from the roof. Hope you like it.

Tomorrow things get started with our work. My friend Lucas is coming from America and he is bringing 75 backpacks for the kids at the orphanage. He is bringing his Mom and Dad too. Here is a picture of Lucas.

Scrase is still missing. He’s in Panama with his Mom and little brother. There is more to that story but you get the point. We will see them hopefully very late tonight.

Bronty and her family came from England with us. They are staying in another house. We are going to see them at my favourite place in Guatemala. Pollo Campero for some chicken.

Building with From Houses to Homes

We love the organization From Houses to Homes Working with them gives us an opportunity this year to build 3 houses for families that really need them. Here’s one of the families we will be meeting and builiding a house with. 11 kids!!

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Pencil Cases

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Hi guys. I’ve been going through my things and trying to fill up pencil cases to take with me next week when we go to Guatemala. Can you help?

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The Dog Show. Man that was fun.

Thanks to all my friends for coming to the Dog Show this year. We had a lot of fun, and we raised enough money to build 3 houses in Guatemala when we go at half term in October. 3 houses!!

Please come to my Dog Show


I promise you will have fun. You, your family, your dog, food, fun and a day out together. What’s not to woof?

It’s New Years Day and I’ve been thinking….

2014 was a great year for me.  I got to do lots of things for my charity.   The best part was going to Guatemala in October. We built two houses and climbed my volcano named Pacaya.  I’ve been thinking a lot about going back to Guatemala and seeing how the kids are doing that we met.  I wonder if they like their new home.   I hope we have a chance ot make another family happy.   Here’s a picture of me and my friiend Lucio with Marta and Luis.

Me, Lucio and the kids

Me, Lucio and the kids

It felt like we were on the top of the world when we climbed Pacaya.

It felt like we were on the top of the world when we climbed Pacaya.


The good thing is that me and my friends at school had a Christmas sale for my charity.   We sold loads of little goodies and surprised everyone with how much money we raised.  It was enough to almost buy another house in Guatemala.  I hope next year we can do it again.


My favourite offer was my home made Crackers.

I forgot to show you pictures of the houses that we built.  They were one story tall and had a concrete floor.  I think they were so much better than the houses that they lived in originally.


We used a lot of paint.


We built two houses. This is a bunch of my friends who built the blue one.

We got to put in a window and a front door.

We got to put in a window and a front door.

In 2015 I want to have a dog show again, I want to come up with a recipe for Henry’s Hot Sauce, I want to buy more footballs for the kids …well we already have 100 that are waiting to be delivered…but you know what i mean.   I want it to be the best year yet for helping Guatemala.  Plus i am pretty excited about turning 11.