ISSN 1710-6931 February 18, 2005 Issue 41

Small-Town Heroes Host Dinner for Their Friends

Judy Huynh first heard about RESPECT two years ago while she was taking an online class through the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN). She and her students got involved and have been a part of the RESPECT's Letter Exchange Program with Mohomou Refugee School in Guinea ever since. Last year, Judy and her students raised $1,000 (US) to help Mohomou construct their new computer lab, and her church gladly matched the donation. more>>

Should Refugee Students Have Access to the Internet?

If you are reading this, chances are you are doing it on the net. The Internet and informational technology have revolutionized the world, as we know it. Whole countries, societies and cultures are undergoing changes in how they conduct business, talk and communicate to each other, learn and study, and basically how they live; all due to information and communication technology. more>>

Exchanges with Nestor Nyoma, RESPECT Club Coordinator

Nestor Nyoma is a Burundese urban refugee. Aged 23, he is a high school student in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon. His scholarship was affected by his refugee status.

Last November, he contacted RESPECT to ask for a pen pal via a RESPECT letter exchange program. Urban refugees are scattered in the schools of the city based on where they live. For example, Nestor is the only refugee in his classroom. Hence, a school letter exchange seemed unrealistic. After a few email exchanges with Nestor, we decided to create a RESPECT Club in Yaounde. more>>


Group of Refugee Student Parents

"The future of the world greatly relies on our willingness to help in its building. And our best natural resources are our children; a look at them leaves us confused. We still believe Life has a praiseworthy meaning." The GPER Members

The GPER, Group of Refugee Student Parents, contacted RESPECT last Autumn in order to have about twenty young refugees aged 7 to 20 take part in a French RESPECT letter exchange in 2005-2006. Curious about what was behind those four letters GPER and always ready to publicize initiatives toward refugees especially the ones lead by refugees themselves, we've asked a few questions of their Executive Secretary, Mr. Sembeya Lumbu to know more about their actions and organization. more>>


Nestor Nyoma

Nestor Nyoma is the coordinator of the newly formed Yaounde RESPECT Club. Just behind him the banner says: "Young people from Cameroon, initiate yourself to computer science and IT. Gate to the 21st century."

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