February 7, 2004
Issue 14 

Knowledge For Donation

by Ian Foster

RESPECT International is offering to donate a set of four reference books to a refugee community in exchange for your donation of $20 US.

The four books, published by Youth Advocate Program International, cover the topics of 'Stateless Children', 'Discrimination Against the Girl Child', 'Children and the HIV/AIDS Crisis', and 'Child Soldiers'.

Youth Advocate Program International (YAPI) was founded in 1994 as a non-profit organisation in the US; and opened its Washington, D.C. office two years later. <<more>>

Bosnian Refugee Situation

by Michael Logan

After 8 years of international funding, the future of hundreds of thousands of Bosnian refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) is still far from resolved.

The 1995 Dayton agreement, which ended conflict, specified that refugees should be allowed to return home. However, latest UNHCR figures place 367,000 IDPs in Bosnia, and 372,000 refugees across the rest of Europe.

Of the IDPs, many live with relatives. In Banja Luka, THE 2ND LARGEST CITY IN BOSNIA, it's common for six people to live in a one bedroom apartment. Here, quarter of the 300,000 residents are displaced. Those not fortunate enough to have family are housed in refugee camps. <<more>>.


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Best Wishes to Sumeera

RESPECT would like to thank Sumeera for the skills, enthusiasm, and professionalism that she has demonstrated throughout her tenure as RESPECT Ezine Editor. Sumeera had to leave us suddenly and in doing so she has left a gap in our organization that will not be easily filled. Sumeera, we thank you for all of the work you have done for us and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Be Well,
Marc Schaeffer
International Coordinator

Service Learning Academy in Ionia County, Michigan

Marc Schaeffer, RESPECT International Coordinator, will be flying to Michigan to co-facilitate a presentation about RESPECT with Judy Huynh at a teachers' conference February 11th.


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