ISSN 1710-6931 December 23, 2005 Issue 63

Another Great Year

RESPECT International has had another great year of working to increase awareness of refugee issues amongst non-refugee students and empowering refugee communities. We have introduced another approximately 1500 refugee students to non-refugee students by pen-pal letter exchange this year. Some of these letter exchanges have resulted in ongoing relationships between communities including small and moderate fund-raising events and the forwarding of care packages.

RESPECT Nigeria was the beneficiary of a fund raising effort to establish a computer resource centre. The funds are in place, we now need to work to source and send the computers early in 2006.

RESPECT International is pleased and excited that RESPECT Europe was born in mid-2005.

Online Volunteer of the Year, Sandrine Cortet, continues to work hard to build and maintain French RESPECT. RESPECT would also like to take this opportunity to thank Will Wallace for maintaining our e-Zine and Website -- combined these two are the face and voice of RESPECT.

We continue to work to develop new partnerships with Roots & Shoots and To Love Children (TLC) as well as maintaining cooperation with UNHCR Canada, Unite for Sight (UFS), and Teachers Without Borders.

RESPECT would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Holiday! Thank you for being a part of RESPECT in 2005 and I look forward your continued involvement in 2006.


SNW Director Contributes to RESPECT Ghana

Jackie Rahm the Director of Shaping New Worlds (SNW) has sent $75 USD, (about $86 CAD or €63 EUR) to me to support RESPECT Ghana to be registered as an non-governmental organization (NGO) in Ghana. This is half of the total funds needed and is part of the partnership RESPECT Ghana has with SNW. I shall top it up with the remaining $75 USD to make up the $150 USD needed.

It is hoped our registration would give us the opportunity to access small grants, other facilities, and to enable us scale-up all our existing projects.

We are very glad for this support for our works and your tremendous support to the refugee community in Ghana.


Special Thank You

As we close another year of publishing the RESPECT e-Zine, a special thanks goes to all of the people who have contributed to making it successful.

Sandrine Cortet and Iona Lister did a wonderful job of helping me put the finishing touches on hundreds of articles. Sandrine Cortet and Pierre-Alain Richardot do an excellent job of ensuring the e-Zine is available to those who read the e-Zine in French.

Below is a list of the writers who have contributed this year. I apologize if I have forgotten anyone.

  • Francis Abayomi
  • Souraya Ahamada
  • Mr. Ackuaku Archimedes
  • Fred Ayifli
  • Ackuaku Azali
  • Anthony Macedo Barlee
  • Dave Bartlett
  • Lydia Bezeruk
  • Surabhi Bhagwat
  • Neha Bhat
  • Samuel K. Boateng
  • Meesa Chungfat
  • Logan Cochrane
  • Danielle (a Canadian tenth grader)
  • Sarah Elliot
  • Nestor Nga Etoga
  • David Gonzalez
  • Andrew Benson Greene
  • Okot Hannington
  • Anim Haroom
  • Julie Harris
  • Deolinda Iloba
  • Musa M. Konateh
  • Brandy Konowalchuk
  • Lillian Langford
  • Iona Lister
  • Alice-Caroline Loffredo
  • George Manlay
  • Bruno Marsiaj
  • Jason Miks
  • Emily Moreton
  • Lizzie Nyeko
  • Gisèle Nyembwe
  • Dr. M. Ashaq Raza
  • Marc Schaeffer
  • Rebecca Schiller
  • Sarath Seneviratne
  • Jennifer Staple
  • Mengly Taing
  • Yoko Takagi
  • United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
  • Analize Viljoen
  • Tanya Walmsley
  • Martin Webb
  • Madhuri Yechuri
  • Emilie Yerbie
  • Lisa Zilberpriver

As in any newsletter or magazine, RESPECT e-zine is committed to striving for interesting articles and announcements concerning refugee issues all around the world.

If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute an article, contact the e-Zine editor, Will Wallace, at

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