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Project HappyChild NEWS - Issue 16

1st December 1999

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Welcome to Issue 16 of Project HappyChild News.

"Swamped" is the only word which describes November. In October we were celebrating hitting 1000 visits (once) on a single day - this month every day registered over 1000 except for a couple which dipped slightly below 1000 when the ISP network was out, and the highest daily figure was over 1700 visits in 24 hours (see webstats).

This month we have made a very special addition to our site, a tribute to Princess Diana and her work with landmines. Please take a look! Also in the FOCUS area we've included recent inventions helping disabled children - Nintendo interfaces enabling them to use the NES and Super NES [designed by Pathways Development Group], and Go-Karts designed by Innovative Products. Also in FOCUS this month is the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), which has demonstrated extraordinary success in overcoming the academic and social problems suffered by many inner-city children.

SHOP *** [click to access]
A number of firms have placed advertisements in the Shop during November, including the ThankYou Webstore which is offering the complete Encyclopaedia Britannica on CD for an amazing 19.99 (+ postage if outside the UK). The Special Needs area of the Shop includes the inventions for disabled children highlighted in FOCUS this month, and we've been invited to become an affiliate for a Toy company which supports the "Toys for Tots" initiative for children at Christmas. Also added to the Shop for the next month or two is Fine Art Custom whose exquisite designs (ranging from teddy bears to tigers) on vehicles or spare-wheel-covers add that extra touch of individuality to the vehicle you drive.

APPEALS & PROJECTS WORLDWIDE *** [click to access]
There have been a significant number of additions to this area over the last four weeks, including the many countries worked in by United Way International, Baptist World Aid, Relief International, Operation USA and the Mines Advisory Group [the latter also featured on our Memorial to Princess Diana and her work with landmines]. Our Crisis Appeals page is becoming ever more comprehensive with the addition of several organizations including Action d'Urgence Internationale (website in French). We're currently liaising with a number of international aid charities and will be adding further links shortly from a number of A&P pages for areas across the world.

SPONSORED EVENTS WORLDWIDE *** [click to access]
Ockenden International have set up the most extraordinary range of Sponsored Events for the year 2000 [see their Sponsored Events page of activities] which we'll be linking in from the main Sponsored Events index shortly. Also included in this area will be the "Millennium Challenge Series" launched recently by BIBIC - the British Institute for Brain Injured Children - including Kilimanjaro, the High Atlas Trail and Everest Base Camp. Details on both sets of activities should be available from the main Sponsored Events index by 7th December.

MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE *** [click to access]
Our own "Millennium Challenge" Draw for schools and universities has had its page re-designed this month using the latest graphics kindly forwarded by Corel in Canada. The deadline has been extended to 1st April 2000 to allow time for more schools and universities to become involved.

ACCELERATED LEARNING *** [click to access]
Michael Tipper has updated the FAQ area this month with a number of further questions, and his December articles are now on line. Mike's been away in India for the last few days and hopes to include a write-up of his visit to Chennai on the website within the next couple of weeks.

ROVING REPORTER *** [click to access]
Kathryn Watts has
recently graduated in Psychology at Manchester University in England, and is now studying for an MA at Newcastle University. Her latest article is on the minority villages of Vietnam .

SCHOOLS INTERCHANGE *** [click to access]
The resources of Schools Interchange been expanded during November, with all outgoing links validated and a vast number of schools' websites added to the UK & Ireland pages, particularly England. Significantly more local authorities are now listing schools' websites in their areas, and the England pages now carry links to Ofsted reports for all schools and the DFE pages which show "league tables" across the country.

CREATIVITY *** [click to access]
The "Creativity" area of the website, previously occupied solely by the unusual UFO story, "Glaxibel the Avenger", now has a new link added, to the beautiful Aboriginal Art exhibition put together by schools in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. Well worth a visit.

We're delighted to announce that the overall construction work at Project HappyChild is now completed, with an additional 800 pages added over the last 18 months from 1st June 1998. During the course of November interlinks to major site areas have been added from all 243 pages of Bricks & Mortar (our free reading system) and the 100 free-to-print maths worksheets on site, also from our ever-growing Accelerated Learning area.

Mike Ridyard has kindly set up a unique visitor count in our cgi-bin to allow us to maintain a more continuous record of site visitors. The visitor count appears on about 60% of site pages and records only the first visit by any given individual on a given day, but serves to record about half the actual visits from elsewhere on the Internet on any given day. Overall accesses and "page-hits" are significantly more than this [see webstats] but because the webstats provision by our ISP Force 9 is so intermittent (and not providing accurate stats at all, at present) we're suspending updating of the webstats page for the time being.

Mike has made an offer to build websites for charities helping children for only 10 per page, and given his demonstrable technical skills that compares exceedingly favourably with most commercial firms. To contact Mike for further details, see the link on our Sponsors page.

The final area of the site which has awaited completion since 1st June 1998, when I took over responsibility for pagebuilding from Martin Lockey who set the ball rolling and made all this possible, was the index to the Infinite Facts Series. This page was beautiful but we only had graphic banners for six of the items, and I didn't have the design background to construct the remaining graphics. I'm delighted to say that this gap has now been filled by Tracy at Treasure Graphics (designer of the Princess Diana Memorial Gallery featured on our tribute page) who has designed banners for the remainder of the IFS Index page, which is now fully completed at long last!

This website has gone through some extraordinary changes over the last 18 months and I am very grateful to everyone who has been a part of making all this possible (our Sponsors page mentions many people who have contributed significantly over this period). Let alone the many individuals and organizations who have put up a link to Project HappyChild and enabled our traffic to accelerate to over 1000 visits per day - in which respect our thanks to RedR, Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief, WellSprings, the London Boroughs of Brent and Barking & Dagenham for recent links, also to Papa Westray School in Orkney [I lived in the warden's cottage next to the bird sanctuary on Papay for a while in early 1988 with my sons, a memorable experience]. A number of other organizations have advised that links to Project HappyChild are in progress and will be uploaded shortly, so our thanks in advance to all concerned.

This is the final Newsletter of 1999 - and the end of a very action-packed year. There's a slight page-building backlog here (about five to seven days) but all updates received should be on line within the next week or two, so we're looking forward to a slightly lazier December!

I'd like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas .... and an unforgettable Millennium Year 2000.

NEWS ARCHIVEBest wishes,


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