10th May 2005: TSUNAMI AFTERMATH: We are finding it a little disconcerting that despite untold millions of pounds being given by individuals in the appeals after the tsunami devastation, this aid has apparently failed to get through at *all* to some of the worst-hit areas.
We have just heard back from East Coast RDT (who provided some more info that has now been added to the Newsletter), that none of these donations have reached their area of Tamilnadu; and as far as we know none reached Bethany Children's Home in Tamilnadu either (the home is run by a former priest and was struggling to cope even before it took in survivors from the disaster).
We have also been approached by Gwalior Children's Hospital, set up by Dr. BK Sharma, a paediatric surgeon currently working in the British NHS (see their "about us" page). After the tsunami they helped *18,000* people in the Tamilnadu area (see mobile hospital) yet Dr. Sharma's "blog" says: "We have very limited resources and funds .... as our Tsunami appeal was not very successful and our applications for grants from big organisations have fallen on deaf ears so far."
If any companies or individuals reading this page can spare any money to help any of these three desperate organizations, please contact them direct (all linked details have e-mail addresses, or e-mail us here if you have any trouble contacting them). We *know* many of you will *already* have given to your own country's co-ordinated national appeal, and generously ..... but clearly funds have failed to actually reach some areas - and they need your help *now*.
9th May 2005: FREE MATHS RESOURCES: As most of you will know, the free maths worksheets on the site here were created initially because we couldn't *find* free maths resources that would help kids to learn the basics - addition, subtraction, times tables, division, fractions and percentages. Judging by the visit levels to our on-line worksheets, these have fulfilled a very real need across the world ..... but we were keenly aware that resources were also needed for teaching beyond that level. Well-laid out, comprehensive worksheets that explained every progressive stage of Maths right up to GCSE stage.
So we're delighted to say there *is* such a resource! and it's *free*. Our thanks to Kaiya Williams who found the address and sent it in to us. *Complete* teaching guides and worksheets/workbooks from Year 1 through to GCSE ..... select the relevant key stage on our Free Maths Resources page here.
8th May 2005: FRENCH WORKSHEETS: More of the free French worksheets are now on line, in categories ranging from parts of the body to jewellery, gems and metals. Links to the new worksheets from the main French index page here.
7th May 2005: RISK ASSESSMENT WORKSHOPS: We've been forwarded some info by PlayLink on their "No Risk, No Play" seminar on 5th July, see details here; and their 14th June event, "We will explore the reasons why too many local authorities are directing resources to providing less than best possible play opportunities for children. The discussions will, for example, analyse and address concerns about potential negligence claims and parental complaint" (text extracted from their site) will be of interest to many senior decision-makers - details on line here.
7th May 2005: SCHOOLS INTERCHANGE: Thanks go to K Steer at Bridgewater High School for sending in a link to Warrington Schools on line. These have now been linked from the "Schools in the British Isles" page at Schools Interchange (scroll down that page to England - Cheshire).
1st May 2005: ANY LANGUAGE TO ENGLISH: Our thanks to Rashid, in England, who has offered to translate the English worksheets content (both verbs and vocabulary) into Bengali, to provide 800+ English-Bengali and Bengali-English worksheets. Oksana has now started work on the English to Russian and Cindy has started work on the English to Finnish - our thanks to all the people who are working so hard to create all the free worksheets :) We've updated the Translators' page here.