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Project HappyChild NEWS - Issue 10

1st June 1999

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Welcome to Issue 10 of Project HappyChild News.

As usual we'd like to welcome our new subscribers for this issue. Those of you who visit regularly will have noticed that we finally have a new - working! - visitor count up on the site - our thanks to Gary Wilson at Force 9 and to Mike Ridyard who provided the counter.

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We'd like to thank Vlad Tikhomirov in Moscow (Russian School Education on the Internet) for the recent link to Project HappyChild, also Gloucestershire County Council (GlosNet), James Byrne at Thurrock Council (TCIS), Dumfries & Galloway Council (Scotland) and Finger Lake Elementary School (Alaska), for recently uploaded links. Also Mark Davies at Baglan IT (Neath, Port Talbot & Swansea schools, Wales) whose wide range of curriculum links have now been added to our free educational resources index at http://www.happychild.org.uk/wks/index.htm .

Thanks are due also to Chris Smith at the English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong for publicity on their bulletin board,and to a growing number of individuals who have linked from their homepages. In this respect I'd particularly like to thank Martin Lockey who built the first pages for this website free of charge and was fundamental in enabling it to come into being. Today (1st June) marks one year since I became responsible for building the site and I would like to acknowledge Martin's contribution to making all this possible.

APPEALS
Two major new appeals and projects have been set and uploaded this month. The Nehemiah Project, based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, has been set up to help in the rehabilitation of child soldiers. Some of these children,often as young as 7 years old, have been severely traumatised by their experiences during the civil war. You will find the page about LifeLine Network International's work helping these children, at http://www.happychild.org.uk/nvs/appeals/africa/sle1059.htm .

The second appeal is from Betesda in Romania (mentioned in last month's newsletter), helping street children in Romania to find their way back to a normal family life - you'll find details at http://www.happychild.org.uk/nvs/appeals/eurasia/rombetesda.htm . Please note that the e-mail address for Benu Bulugu has now changed to: benub (at) yahoo.com .

Both projects require a substantial amount of help regarding resources (eg the rebel soldiers took over the school in Sierra Leone in January, and whilst LifeLine Network now have it back they are having to replace almost everything) - you'll find further details in the Resources Index at http://www.happychild.org.uk/fr/resource/required/index.htm .

GUESTBOOK
We have also received an e-mail from Benedict Xavier at St. Teresa's Matriculation School in Chenai, India, requesting help in educating students below the poverty line - BX has written explaining that the school is run by an educational trust. You'll find further details at http://www.happychild.org.uk/nvs/views/index.htm .

ACCELERATED LEARNING
Michael Tipper's latest articles are now on line at http://www.happychild.org.uk/acc/tpr/index.htm . Due to the increasing volume of e-mails received for this area of the site we are now looking seriously at the possibility of setting up an FAQ page (or pages) within the Accelerated Learning area - if possible in a mind-map-style format to enable enquirers to explore themes across the range of material already in this area, linked in with answers to the most commonly-asked questions. Achieving this within the limitations of both html and site structure is something of a challenge but one we'll be working on during the summer, so keep an eye on this area over the next couple of months.

ROVING REPORTER
The next five articles from Kathryn will be on line shortly - Kathryn has just finished her degree finals at Manchester University and is planning a sponsored cycle trip in the Himalayas later this year, to raise money for SENSE (in the Directory) which helps deafblind children and young adults. Any offers of sponsorship will be welcomed! - you can e-mail Kathryn using kathryn (at) happychild.org.uk. Kathryn's articles have been held up by a query on one or two items in the article on Australia but should be on line in a day or two at http://www.happychild.org.uk/nvs/news/kathryn/index.htm . We'll include more details about the Himalayas trek in due course.

PROJECT HAPPYCHILD DIRECTORY
The Index to the Directory was set early in the second half of 1998, in the early days of pagebuilding, and there have been a few anomalies cropping up in the html in recent weeks - you may have noticed the spontaneous colour changes in the text of the main Index! The "shadow" index wasn't similarly affected but the original one was becoming very difficult to work with, so the Index has been completely re-set, in a format which makes it easier for everyone to access (and which prints onto half the previous number of pages). You'll find the new Index at http://www.happychild.org.uk/dir/index.htm .

The "shadow" version is in the same new format but has now been linked directly to the "shadow" directory pages - making it a whole lot easier for lower-capacity browsers to navigate directly within the easier-to-read text pages. The "shadow" pages print more clearly and it's recommended that anyone printing off a copy of the whole Directory should do so from the shadow version. Although "text on screen" is quite small because of the constraints of printing text onto single A4 sheets, these do print out in an easy-to-read manner. The new shadow Index is at http://www.happychild.org.uk/shadow/dir/index.htm .

SPONSORED EVENTS and GENERAL EVENTS
Just a reminder that the "Fly Fishing Day" in Godalming, UK, in aid of the Sick Children's Trust, takes place on 12th June (includes a charity auction with MasterChef's Loyd Grossman). On 27th June is the Walk of Hope organised by the Children's Trust in Surrey, UK.

Other items added to Sponsored Events and General Events are the "24 Hour Wrap" on 1st October (organised by the National Eczema Society) which can take place anywhere ..... and the Three Seas Challenge (Mediterranean, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee) supported by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. You'll find Sponsored Events at http://www.happychild.org.uk/fr/events/index.htm and General Events at http://www.happychild.org.uk/fr/events/index.htm .

EMAIL-to-FAX FACILITIES
We received an e-mail saying that the free facilities had been withdrawn - however subsequent correspondence clarified that this was an automatic message generated by problems with an e-mail forwarded to one of the Charities in the Directory, and we are now able to continue using e-mail to faxes. In recent months our use of these facilities has been increasing, due to the volume of traffic on the site, although it has helped that so many charities have now set up their own facilities for receiving e-mails direct, particularly in the last month or two, thus decreasing our need to use this service. Because of the intermittent problems with illegible transmissions it would help greatly if charities can notify us of e-mail facilities to which we can re-direct mail as required.

SCHOOLS
All new URLs for schools websites received this month from site visitors and education authorities have now been added, although with so much happening on many areas of the site there has been very little time to explore the Internet for further schools resources. E-mail traffic (on every subject imaginable!) has vastly increased in recent weeks - the most common being requests for help in translations, from schoolchildren. Being that all the free-translation instructions are in the relevant languages on our site, it may be helpful to mention here that clicking on the box top left of any of the translation pages brings you direct to the free-translation service, where either text or URL of a page on line can be keyed in, for swift "automatic" translation. The on-line language dictionaries (available via the free educational resources index at http://www.happychild.org.uk/wks/index.htm ) will be of additional help where translations are required for assignments etc.

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As usual this has been a busy and challenging month on the website - my thanks to everyone who has written in with information, your help has been much appreciated. Because of the numbers of visitors and associated correspondence the balance of pagebuilding over the next few months is likely to shift towards uploading "received information" rather than actively searching it out, as previously - considerable thanks are due to all those who have linked to Project HappyChild to enable the site to become so much more widely known.

There are a number of interesting developments in the pipeline at present - I hope to be able to give you a few more details in the next issue.

NEWS ARCHIVEBest wishes,

Penny.

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