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From Asia, to Africa, to South America, Kids Helps Kids Through New Website

8/25/2005:   A new website is helping children connect with peers around the world who are less fortunate. Project Concern International, a nonprofit health and development organization, has partnered with ePALS Classroom Exchange to create the Helping Hands project.

By becoming a member of Helping Hands, children under 18 can start a virtual group, with an adult, comprising friends and family. They receive monitored e-mail accounts to participate in worldwide discussion forums, learning projects, and pen pal programs with kids in 191 countries.

Participants can choose from among four projects to support: KidSAFE, which helps get children off the streets of Zambia and India; Brighter Futures, which ensures nutritious breakfasts and more for needy students in Nicaragua; Gifts of Life, which provides life-saving vaccination campaigns against deadly diseases; and After the Tsunami: Rebuilding Lives and Communities, a program helping survivors of the deadly Asian tsunami.

All postings to Helping Hands discussion forums are accessible to members only and are monitored by Project Concern and ePALS staff.

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