Meet the newest member of A Ray of Hope Lagos, Nigeria

Monday, May 30, 2011

Victor, Williams, Oluwajomiloju, Oluwaseun, Faithful and brother to Hope born weighing 3.7kgs to Anu.

Hungary / Romania - Melanie and 8 teachers share experiences with new friends.

Eight Teachers from London, Birmingham and Manchester, came out on an educational trip to Hungary and Romania. The Mission was to connect the teachers with three schools, to compar programmes and methods and curriculums, especially with the Roma Children in their schools.

I took them to our Roma village in Nyirbeltek,where they visited the local village Primary School. Director Attilla was more then welcoming and obliging to share his experience with the teachers. The Roma here are so well integrated, and accepted, because of our work there for nearly 20 years. There is no more segragation and all the children were so happy, as now they can learn about their own Roma History.

They also visited a School in Hadjuhathaz, where things were a bit different. The Principle was very helpful and was amazed at all the interest of the Roma children. This is because our teachers were involved with Traveller Education in the UK.

After the third day we literally flew off to Romania to a School just outside Oredea.

Everything was so different in Romania, as we were driven by Pastor Imre Costa into the School,where 350 pupils were present. There were many differences and comparisons, but the staff were very gracious as we bombarded them with questions. Afterwards though, having fun, teaching English and playing with the children was just the icing on the cake.

The eight english teachers went home very happy and satisfied, with an experience that might never happen again.

Connecting, building relationships, swapping teachers and students. Comparing teaching methods, understanding cultures, religions and people.

Five Days of sheer madness bought all these vital things together. Can we learn some lessons from this??????

Dear Rosza is sadly a widow. She lives alone and finds it so hard to survive. She has just come out of hospital, and can only live by growing vegetables and raising chickens. She lives off eggs, rice and vegetables.

In between the Missions, I stayed with Rosza, and saw her need. So I decided to do something. We went to the local chick van, and bought 40 baby chicks. I also bought Rosza, the feeding bowl and water feeder. We bought chick feed, and then walked home with the box of chicks upon my head, (well how else was I to carry them). Simple things that make people happy, and can help Rosza survive for another Winter. Rosza is in a wheelchair.    Didn’t cost a lot, and it gave me such joy to be able to do something practical.

Belarus - Thanks to Dennis Westgate Music School receives some of Dennis' original compositions.

Anna the director has a browse at Dennis' compositions.

Belarus - thanks to Santa's wee Village (Kevin and Carol ) and CP Trophies and Engraving school for Diagnostics receives medals for next special olympic games.

Belarus - School for Diagnostics and Development

Thanks to David Tyler Trust - School for Diagnostics and Development receive educational toys and presentation board supplies.

Belarus - School for Art and Music receive ballet slippers from David Tyler Trust with support from Roch Valley Limited

Belarus - Mozyr - thanks to Pictorial Charts Educational Trust

Svetlana receives educational poster pack, lesson plans and teachers' notes.

Anna and Ludmila Mozyr Belarus - send their regards.

HAPI - Nigeria

Thursday, May 12, 2011



Deployed in April 2005, a Christian based ministry designed to accelerate and accentuate the maturity of its teeming members in readiness for leadership roles in their various chosen field of strength and passion. HAPI was established to incite at an early age, the passion, strength and capabilities inherent in her members as deposited by their maker. In this manner we support them to discover themselves, pursue crafts and careers that ordinarily will not have them struggling or unhappy but ones that would leave them energized all year round.

This however gives them a spontaneous and sustainable sense of relevance, importance, purpose and responsibility to themselves their family, community and the world at large whilst having eternity in view. HAPI has since been saddled with the responsibility to prepare and position its Pupil on their exclusive leadership path and culpability to themselves, their Nation and the world at large.

HAPI is a specialized teaching, human capacity development and counseling ministry, with the following areas of core competence:

Ø Discovery: (Who art thou?) Personality, Passion, strength, talents and capabilities awareness as well as career path.
Ø Handles teenagers under various kinds of pressure/negative influence (Family, Peer, Media etc).
Ø Divine life guidance such that teenagers don’t run wild;- live within set life developmental boundaries (Narrow gate)
Ø Reconciles children-parent conflict.
Ø Repositioning the family units in Nigeria through the influence of the children therein.
Ø Poise/ Finishing and Charismatic School

Mission: To ensure that members discover and deploy themselves early to lead purposeful lives in the wisdom and counsel of their Maker whilst having eternity in view.

Vision: Build a world-class institution that caters for the counsel and support of its members for accelerated maturity, general development and deployment

The exclusive aim of this great Institution is to ensure that pupils capabilities, abilities, talents, sensuality, intellect, strength and passion are uncovered at a minimum age of twelve years and above, thereby enabling pupil to properly, selectively and effectively channel their divine authorities as anticipated by their creator, such that they are a blessing to themselves and their generation.

Complete human capacity development/maturity and charismatic counselling kit
Complete Temperament and personality test/determining

Complete British finishing school ciriculum and support tools
Documentary DVD for simulation of constituents and requirements for pursuing all available crafts, career and vocation vis a vis their pride and benefits
Foreign technical support (Counsellors)
Projectors and Laptops
International training and exposure for indigenous counsellors
We hereby use this medium to solicit your support for this generational life directing ministry. Any help on any of this needs will be highly appreciated.

Many thanks!
Ayodele B. Smart
For - HAPI

Scam Email Advice

Monday, May 09, 2011

Note the following advice details circulated from Action Fraud (from the which may be of use given the numbers of recent email scams.

Help disrupt fraudsters by reporting scam emails

Action Fraud has set up a dedicated email address where you can forward any scam emails that you receive. [25 February 2011]

People receiving scam emails are urged to forward them on to

Important: When you send an email you are doing so over the open internet, which we cannot guarantee the security of. Therefore please do not send personal information, such as your address or bank account details, when emailing Action Fraud.

Please note: Once you have forwarded your scam mail, you do not need to contact Action Fraud again and you will not hear from them.

Got an email bounce back? Action Fraud have still received the scam emails you forward to them even if you get a bounce back message. The bounce back message just means the email has gone into a holding area for spam, which is then released and received by Action Fraud as usual. You therefore do not need to contact Action Fraud again once you have forwarded your scam emails.

The emails received by Action Fraud will be forwarded to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau run by the City of London Police for collation and analysis. This will enable crucial intelligence to be gathered and preventative action to be taken. The activity will seek to disrupt the fraudsters and close down the links between them and the victim.

Dr Bernard Herdan, CEO of the National Fraud Authority who runs Action Fraud, said: ‘This is the first time we have been able to collect and analyse scam mail and emails in this way. Collecting intelligence is the key to us being able to disrupt the activities of fraudsters and target their networks for closure.’

What should you do if you’ve received a scam email?

Do not click on any links in the scam email.

Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.

If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.

Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.

Visit the Action Fraud website where there is information on how to forward on your scam mail. When you send an email you are doing so over the open internet, which we cannot guarantee the security of. Therefore please do not send personal information, such as your address or bank account details, when emailing Action Fraud.

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank.

If you've been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud.

Fake emails often (but not always) display some of the following characteristics:

the sender’s email address doesn’t tally with the trusted organisation’s website address

the email is sent from a completely different address or a free web mail address

the email does not use your proper name, but uses a non-specific greeting like “dear customer”

a sense of urgency; for example the threat that unless you act immediately your account may be closed

a prominent website link. These can be forged or seem very similar to the proper address, but even a single character’s difference means a different website

a request for personal information such as user name, password or bank details

the email contains spelling and grammatical errors

you weren't expecting to get an email from the company that appears to have sent it

the entire text of the email is contained within an image rather than the usual text format

the image contains an embedded hyperlink to a bogus site