ISSN 1710-6931 January 7, 2005 Issue 38

The Long Awaited Letter

In tenth grade I was introduced to the WREN Pen-Friend program. My Science teacher approached me and told me how he was part of an organization called RESPECT. He let me know what RESPECT was and the mission they were trying to achieve — to match children from all parts of the world, including Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East, to people like me in Canada. We would then exchange letters to talk about life in our own countries and traditions. When I first learned about RESPECT, I immediately thought it would be a great experience to participate in. I then volunteered to write a letter to one of the refugees.

I received the letter of a boy named Luseni, who is a refugee from Liberia. In his letter he spoke of his family, school, and the war his country was involved in. I responded with much of the same information. I told him about a typical day for me. I replied and then waited to hear from my new pen friend. more>>

RESPECT University Launches New Course

Amongst many other initiatives, RESPECT University has recently started providing a course for students of three affiliated refugee schools in Africa entitled " English for Academic Purposes."

The course has been set up for students from Agoro Community Development Association (ACDA) in Uganda and the Mohomou Refugee School in Guinea. It is also hoped that the course program will soon be operating in Nigeria. more>>

Community Health International

Community Health International (CHI) sent RESPECT letters from their students in Conakary, Guinea. Below is a poem spelling out their activities.

CHI trains community health workers
And offers medical services
To all peoples of the world.

Our motto "A Mission to Save Lives"
Is a call to focus on people
The peoples well-being is our concern.

We train, we sensitize and offer other services
To all Africa and the world living in poor communities.

Our method is more preventive than curative.
The universal \nursing code being our guide
We remain different
But concerned enough to lend a hand.

We are always at your service
To see that you are in good health.

A community involvement makes the difference
A push by CHI shall improve quality of life.

CHI boasts of its training approach
Testimonies from the community attest to that.


Samuel K. Boateng Receives UNHCR Help

Samuel K. Boateng of Mohomou Refugee School (MRS) has been slow to recover. According to Alex Adjei, also of MRS "Samuel is still sick, in fact the UNHCR helped carry him to Ivory Coast last month, December 19, for a proper check up. In his absence I have tried to do the rest of the job. He will be coming home this month on the 20th (of January)." Let's all wish Samuel K. Boateng a speedy and complete recovery! Messages can be sent to Samuel at:

Unite For Sight International Service Opportunities

Unite For Sight (UFS) has numerous international service opportunities during the Spring and Summer of this year. There are short and long term volunteer opportunities in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Two of the site locations are in refugee camps.

UFS volunteers prescribe eyeglasses, screen for eye disease and coordinate and fund diagnosis, treatment, and surgery by doctors. Volunteers also implement Train the Trainer programs for teachers and educate children and adults about eye health and ways to prevent blindness. more>>



RESPECT is the first organization of its kind in Nigeria. The project is jointly organized by RESPECT International and volunteers within Nigeria. The purpose of the project is to increase awareness of refugee issues by building bridges between non-refugee students around the world and refugee students living in Nigeria via the exchange of letters and other projects. RESPECT Nigeria, a non-governmental organization, is committed to exposing refugee students living in Nigeria to the outside world. We see the world as a global village of empowered refugee and non-refugee students without social and technological divides. We work to instill the values of respect, integrity, compassion, accountability, commitment, innovation, diversity, creativity, and honesty in our students. We emphasize the importance of people connecting, sharing ideas, having fun, working together — to learn self-expression, diverse perspectives, and cross-cultural understanding.

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