ISSN 1710-6931 April 1, 2005 Issue 44

Translating RESPECT

A useful consequence of RESPECT's online awareness raising is the 'snowball effect' as new volunteers introduce their skills, contacts and organisations, who introduce theirs, and so on and so forth.

Perhaps the most striking example of this is when one of these volunteers is able to use their language skills to translate RESPECT's message for a whole new - and possibly previously unreachable - audience. more>>

Oru Camp Becomes Long-Term Home for Many Refugees

Vendors line the main dirt thoroughfare, displaying an attractive array of fruits and vegetables for potential customers. Restaurants tempt passersby with colorful signs describing their dishes. Still others offer their services as barbers, electricians, and repairmen. Small groups gather in the hot sun to chat, share news, or even shoot pool. This downtown area, with all the hustle and bustle of a small city's commercial center, is not, however, just any community. It is Oru Refugee Camp in Ogun State, Nigeria. more>>

Positive Impact of Online Volunteering

A new website has just been launched to introduce the world to the issues facing refugees in the Kitgum District of Northern Uganda. Many of these people have been forced out of their homes by the Civil War, which has been going on for nearly two decades. The people now live in refugee camps, where they have only limited access to quality healthcare and education.

However, as the authors of the site are quick to tell us, it is not all doom and gloom, and that is where RESPECT International comes in. The village of Agoro's Community Development Association (ACDA), which aims 'to empower the community's residents, especially youth, through education', began its affiliation with RESPECT in 2003. It was through this affiliation that it became involved in online volunteering, which is proving to be its main source of aid. RESPECT now has an additional role to play, providing support for the group in Northern Uganda, by 'getting funds, books, course material, etc. or a pen pal contact for the kids.' more>>


Refugee School Receives Computers

The Mohomou Refugee School in N'Zerekore, Guinea, recently received fourteen computers for the school, with the help of RESPECT. The computers were donated by students in the United States and Canada and will be used in the community to create computer literacy and eventually to give this community access to the internet. more>>

Computer Centre Continues to Grow

The computer centres recently set up in Northern Uganda and Guinea have benefited recently from the kindness of the people at New Scientist magazine. In response to a request from RESPECT, several back copies of their magazine, as well as CD-ROMs containing electronic versions of the magazine from 1989 to 2000 have been donated. These will shortly be sent out to the two computer centres and added to their resource libraries. more>>


Words of Appreciation and Thanksgiving

Samuel K. Boateng, Guinea

As the English saying goes, it is true that one good turn deserves another. Gradually I have come to realize that our dream has come to pass. more>>

Refugee Student Letter

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Letter from a refugee student in the Agoro community, Northern Uganda. (Click on the image for a larger version. 38Kb)

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