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May 19, 2003
Issue 4 

Feature Article

Paul Fifen Chimy: NetAid and United Nations Volunteer of the Year

Yes we all know RESPECT is run only by volunteers, but did you know that one of our volunteers was named one of the ten NetAid and United Nations volunteer of the year? That's right Paul Fifen Chimy, originally from Cameroon who is now living in France, is that special volunteer. He volunteers with various organizations and we are so pleased to have him as one of our volunteers.

"The opportunity to serve and make a difference is something every world citizen and more precisely, developing country national should strive to achieve. The organizations I worked with are very special to me and I want to see them succeed. I give my time to these organizations and feel I am the lucky one who actually benefits most through cross cultural learning, experience, and the satisfaction of success."
Paul Fifen Chimy

To read more about Paul please visit <<here>>

Fundraising in Taiwan!

On April 26th, the students and teachers from the Advanced Joint English Telecommunication Club (AJET) in Taiwan had a very successful charity funding for their partnered Conakry Refugee School in Conakry, Guinea. The charity funding event was three fold with an exhibition and selling of crafts, a snack food fair, and the always popular pocket money donation scramble!

The country coordinator for Taiwan, Sunsun, described the impact of the fund raising event: "RESPECT teachers in Taiwan have transmitted a respect for life and social responsibility not only to our next generation but also to our community. I believe our students also learned a number of skills in art, accounting, and fund raising."

No doubt Taiwan will continue its active participation in RESPECT and we would like to thank everyone that has given a little of themselves to raise awareness of refugee issues, build bridges among youth and take action in helping refugees.

RESPECT Resolutions
RESPECT is always finding ways to improve itself and their recent Interim Board of Directors Meeting on 27 April 2003 is an example of just that. In an effort to systematize the decision making process at RESPECT, this first Board of Directors meeting was yet another progressive step for this pro-active organization. The meeting tabled a number of resolutions, some of which are listed below.

  • *BE IT RESOLVED that a basic template should be designed for RESPECT letters to be used by both refugee and non-refugee students for their introductory letters;
  • *BE IT RESOLVED that RESPECT examines slow-postage problems and explores alternatives to the long waiting for replies;
  • *BE IT RESOLVED that the Interim RESPECT Board of Directors develop bylaws that facilitate RESPECT, its work and a true Board of Directors;
  • *BE IT RESOLVED that WREN collects information on the various refugee school countries to create a "database" to send to non-refugee schools so that those schools have resources available concerning the situation in the country they are corresponding with;
  • *BE IT RESOLVED that RESPECT pursue official Charitable Status at the provincial, national and international levels;
  • *BE IT RESOLVED that RESPECT pursue a sustainable source of revenue and funding opportunities, including but not limited to, government programs, foundation grants and in-kind contributions.

If you would like more information on the resolutions passed at this meeting, please contact Marc Schaeffer at respect@respectrefugees.org.

Gallery

Azerbaijan students
Students in Azerbaijan showing the letters they received from their penpals in Canada

Announcements

Did you know?

That the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. And, In more than five decades, the agency has helped an estimated 50 million people restart their lives.

As in any newsletter or magazine, RESPECT ezine is committed to striving for interesting articles and annoucements concerning refugee issues all around the world. If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute an article, contact the ezine editor, Joey Comeau at editor@respectrefugees.org.

The Winnipeg Refugee Education Network ( WREN) is organising a two day youth High School conference on Refugees and Youth Leadership on 23-24 May 2003. For more information please contact: Robyn Mossman, wren@winnipegrefugee.org

Dear Refugee Youth,
Are you looking for advice? Do you have a question and need a help-line? Or just want someone to discuss things with you? Amera and her panel of volunteers are willing to help! Post your questions anonymously and they will be answered in a timely manner.

RESPECT University has ongoing classes in the following subjects:

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Social Psychology

Also, curriculums are being developed for:

  • Basics of Statistics
  • Basics of Research Methodology

For more information please visit the forum.

Affiliates

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Advanced Joint English Telecommunication (AJET) is a club in Taiwan that elevates the teaching of English in K-12 schools to a higher dimension.

Last month, AJET organized a fund raising event for their partnered school in Conakry, Guinea. For more details on this club, please visit: <<here>>.