ISSN 1710-6931 June 11, 2004 Issue 23

Pen Pal Letters Use 'Snail' Mail

In October, Palo Community Schools' 6th grade class received their first batch of letters from Mohomou Refugee School for the 2003/2004 school year. There was much excitement as we read all the letters aloud. Each sixth grader chose their own pen pal from the letters, and wrote the first letter to his/her pen pal.

We sent the letters at the end of October, then waited for the replies. And waited ... and waited. Samuel (a teacher at Mohomou) emailed me several times, but each time he said the letters had not yet reached them. more>>

SEGA 12-hour Relay

SEGA (Students Encouraging Global Awareness), a global awareness group at the Riverside Secondary School, Port Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, organizes an annual 12-Hour Relay to raise funds for local, national and global groups.

Last year, 120 students ran laps all night to raise funds for a local homeless shelter and for RESPECT's computer project in Northern Uganda. Since our initial involvement in this project, SEGA members have also exchanged photos and letters with students at the Agoro Community in Kitgum, Uganda. more>>

First Computer Training Class

On Monday the 3rd May 2004 the first computer training class began for 26 students at the Agoro Community Development Association (ACDA) Community Refugee Computer Centre in Northern Uganda. The students took the training during their first holiday.

There were fewer students than expected because of the fear of being ambushed, abducted, or killed by the Lord's Resistance Army. more>>



Unpacking computers

RESPECT team members unpack computers for the new centre. More photos can be seen in the ACDA photo gallery.


Twenty-four Hour Exile

Marc Schaeffer and Kate Mossman (a member of RESPECT's Board of Directors) participated in the 24 Hour Exile May 28-29. Around thirty students attended. Each student was given a refugee profile with a short storie of their situation. Then using simple materials, they had to build a shelter to protect their family from the elements.

The next day students were sent on a three hour hike to simulate fleeing their country. On the way they encountered everything from land mines to rebels to friendly shepherds. During break times, Marc and Kate led the students through a number of games.

Later in the day, each of the participants were given a letter from a war-affected youth living in Sierra Leone. The students found the letter exchange very satisfying and they are all very much looking forward to receiving replies to their letters soon. As one young participant said, "I just want to give my pen-pal a hug."

Run for Rights

Kae Sasaki (RESPECT's Artistic Director), Rylee Cizik (RESPECT Board member) and Marc Schaeffer volunteered to help out at an event called a "Run For Rights". Together they raised nearly $300 towards a recording studio in Sierra Leone for war-affected youth. Kae Sasaki was able to raise $100 by having coworkers sponsor her. Kae was thrilled and surprised when Sonoco matched all donations contributing an additional $100! Thank you Sonoco!

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