We've made *massive* progress on the site during 2004. Have to begin by giving our unremitting thanks to Chami, whose "Live Counter" has finally given us a stable visit-counter across all areas. This has made *so* much difference this year - instead of the count zeroing several times a day (and having to be reinstated, with all the time that used to take), we can *finally* see where we are on an ongoing basis (just over 16 million visits so far).
We've also (finally) coded all our pages separately (so we can see what's happening where on the site) and after liaison with Amy Minkler at Systran, all main pages are now available in 14 languages, including Swedish and Arabic. The "languages" factor of the site is going to be somewhat bigger than we expected! (but more about that in the next Newsletter).
SCHOOLS INTERCHANGE: [completed!] has now expanded right across the planet. Our thanks to many Governments, education authorities and local school-nets whose links make schools accessible right across major continents as well as the many tiny islands dotted around the world - Caribbean, USA, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Europe and Asia, England, Channel Islands, Orkney, Skye and the outer Hebrides ...
PROJECTS HELPING KIDS: [completed!] this area too has had a massive overhaul and we've finally been able to condense the links into five main geographical areas (Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Europe & Asia, and the British Isles), as well as including things like famine warning sites, hurricane alerts, emergency airlifts, etc. There are links to all sorts of projects helping children in over 200 countries worldwide, from landmine clearance to providing hot lunches in schools, as well as new inclusions like the Bethany home for destitute children in Tamilnadu, India.
The Project HappyChild DIRECTORY: [completed!] We're delighted to say the fully-redesigned version of the Directory is now on line - our thanks to the many Charities who have provided information and borne with us during the lengthy updating process. Our thanks to all of you who support their work with your donations and fundraising! Publicising the valuable work they do is a significant part of our reason for being here. We'd like to extend a welcome to the latest addition to the Directory - SOS Children's Villages, who provide family-style care for orphaned and abandoned children in over 130 countries worldwide.