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Project HappyChild NEWS - Issue 8

1st April 1999

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Welcome to Issue 8 of Project HappyChild News.

As usual we'd like to welcome our new subscribers for this issue. This has been an incredibly busy month on the site - probably the busiest so far - and the visitor count has clocked up over 1600 visitors in the last seven days. Due to the increased traffic on the site, we're adding a link to this Newsletter from the first screen of the Welcome Page - so that the increasing number of new visitors can access it directly, rather than us having to e-mail out separate copies individually.

One item of particular interest this month was contact from a television company in the UK which is using the Project HappyChild Directory (on-line) as a resource for information on organizations helping children (for a planned TV series) - one of the initial reasons for setting up the website initially was to raise awareness of all the valuable work which is being done to help disadvantaged children, and it's excellent to know that a number of the organizations will receive a higher profile through the series.

1. LINKS
We'd like to thank Mike McConnell of the WWWVL for adding a link to the "Build Your Own Website Guide" on our site, from the "Internet Resources for Teachers" page of the WWWVL. Thanks go also to Kimmo K. Kalari of the WWWVL Library in Finland, for publicising the project to schools in Finland, and FreeNet Finland for putting up a link to our site, also Francisco Alcala at the UNDCP who has put up a link to our Educational Resources index on the United Nations intranet.

We'd also like to thank Artur G Nunes at UARTE (Portugal), Dave Taylor at City of York Council (North Yorkshire, UK) and Lorraine Hocking at Exeter City Council (Devon, UK) for recently-uploaded links to Project HappyChild. There are a number of other advised links in progress - however we're still awaiting confirmation of link-URLs so will include these next month. My personal thanks to all concerned.

2. SCHOOLS
As scheduled we have started work on linking to school nets in Europe, Asia and Australia. The biggest "find" we have had this month was through the website of Mt. St. Bernard College (The Sisters of Mercy) accessible via Bushnet (see schools in Queensland, Australia) - the links from their Japanese page led us to an English language resource of all schools and universities on line in Japan (over 5000 in total). We've been looking for several months for a resource in English as most information on Japan schools is (inevitably) in Japanese - this link has added considerably to the overall Schools resources.

We have also located various resources for Hong Kong schools (in the region of 300+ so far) and any information about localised schoolnets in China and surrounding countries would be appreciated.

Europe has been more straightforward, with extended links made to around 16000 schools in Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Greece, Germany, Greenland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Latvia, Lithuania and Iceland. In most instances we have been able to locate the local school-nets for each area. Preliminary links have been made to listings of schools in Belgium and France, but there doesn't appear to be an easily-accessible central resource for schools websites in either country. You'll find the Eurasia schools at http://www.happychild.org.uk/schools/eurasia/index.htm .

Over the last few weeks we have also made major inroads on locating schoolnets for Australia and New Zealand schools - we've linked to a range of Australian resources (just over 4000 schools and universities) and have also located a central resource which lists New Zealand schools (subdivided graphically between North and South Islands). Australasia resources are at http://www.happychild.org.uk/schools/australasia/index.htm - we'll be looking for school-nets in the Pacific Island groups over the next few months.

We have a number of South Africa school resources to add over the next few weeks but would welcome details anyone has of other local school-nets on the African continent,

With respect to the UK, we are indebted to the many executives in Local Government Authorities, and also some teachers, who have forwarded page URLs listing schools websites - those individuals who have kindly forwarded URLs are credited with the respective listings, please see http://www.happychild.org.uk/schools/uk/england/index1.htm [England Counties A-M] and http://www.happychild.org.uk/schools/uk/england/index2.htm [England Counties N-Z].

We are still liaising with a number of authorities and hope to make further changes / additions, shortly.

3. APPEALS
Two further Appeals have been added this month, the "Hand of Hope" appeal from the Children's Trust (Tadworth Court) at http://www.happychild.org.uk/nvs/appeals/uk/1042chtr.htm and details of POD which provides monthly children's entertainment at 80 hospitals across the UK (please see http://www.happychild.org.uk/nvs/appeals/uk/pod1030.htm ).

4. SPONSORED EVENTS AND GENERAL EVENTS
Several new items have been added to these areas - a Morocco Mountain Challenge later this year, the London Triathlon, and a Dracula Spectacular, amongst others (please see http://www.happychild.org.uk/fr/events/index.htm and http://www.happychild.org.uk/fr/events/index.htm , respectively.

5. INFINITE FACTS SERIES
We had an e-mail from a site visitor to say that his browser had trouble accessing some of the items in this series, so have upgraded all the pages in this area and trust that these will be more easily visible on older equipment - please refer to http://www.happychild.org.uk/ifs/index.htm . The periodic table (Atoms and Elements) has been completely re-set and should print with greater clarity onto a sheet of A4.

6. ACCELERATED LEARNING
Mike Tipper's February articles went on line just after Issue 7 was despatched, and the March articles are also now on line (see http://www.happychild.org.uk/acc/tpr/index.htm ).

7. ROVING REPORTER
"Experiences of Marrakesh" - an Interlude in the scheduled series of articles - is a fascinating and thought-provoking write-up. As usual Kathryn manages to give an effective insight into a wholly different way of life ..... worth a browse through [see http://www.happychild.org.uk/nvs/news/kathryn/03.htm . The next scheduled article in the series is due for uploading some time over the next two to three weeks.

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The upgrading of all major areas of the site (visual/graphics and translation facilities) is now virtually complete except for some of the earlier Appeals, projects and events pages which went on line some months ago. We are planning to upgrade these pages over the next three to four weeks, wherever possible incorporating updated information, and would appreciate receiving further details from the charities concerned (and any new Appeals) - also some further input for the "resources required" section where appropriate [ http://www.happychild.org.uk/fr/resource/required/index.htm ], from any of the organizations in the Directory.

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My thanks to the many, many people who've written in this month - all the help being continually received, especially the input for different areas of the site, is very much appreciated. After the gradual growth of recent months the sudden acceleration in both visitors and e-mails has been somewhat awesome, but we've streamlined the administrative procedures wherever possible and correspondence is up to date, apart from mail received over the last 24 hours. So it's back to pagebuilding, after Easter - local-school-net URLs and details of current Appeals and Projects helping children, will be much welcomed.

And finally ..... many people have asked recently for more details about Project HappyChild - how it started, why and how the website was set up. Being that it's the first of April today (and this whole project was conceived ten years ago today, on 1st April 1989) I've put up a page on the site, explaining how it all came about. It's a long page (prints out onto about 9 sheets) ... but I couldn't have explained everything in less than that. I hope maybe it will give you some idea of the background. I guarantee it will be nothing like you expect! Dually I hope it may perhaps give you a deeper understanding of what Project HappyChild is about - however unconventional its progress towards the website you see today. The page is at http://www.happychild.org.uk/index5.htm .

Have a good Easter,

NEWS ARCHIVEBest wishes,

Penny.

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