ISSN 1710-6931 January 27, 2006 Issue 65
FEATURE ARTICLES

Youth Leadership Workshop

RESPECT Ghana welcomed the New Year by joining hands with One World Youth Project (OWYP). The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Fred Ayifli, Country Coordinator of RESPECT Ghana and Jessica Remington, President and founder of One World Youth Project on 9th of January in Ghana.

A "Youth Leadership workshop" was organized from the 4th to 9th of January. On this occasion RESPECT Intellectual Club (RIC) Ghana welcomed OWYP ambassadors Jessica Remington and Cady Voge from U.S.A. Workshop


Logan Cochrane Leads HIV/AIDS Awareness Training

Twenty-one year-old Logan Cochrane, a recent graduate of the University of Victoria, British Columbia in Canada has been involved with RESPECT's letter exchange program. He is now dedicating eight months in an initiative to personally educate African refugees about HIV/AIDS. From January 2006 to September 2006, Logan is visiting selected refugee communities in east and central Africa to spread HIV/AIDS awareness.

Logan is hoping that, through his HIV/AIDS Awareness Training Project, people in Africa can "further understand the processes involved with HIV transmission, how prevention can occur, and leave a source of information within the community." Training


Online volunteering: an empowering experience

Volunteering becomes even more meaningful and amazing when a full-time mother from a developing country like Pakistan decides to make a difference by using a computer while sitting at home. Amera Salman Yunus, a mother of three who lives in Lahore, is such an example. In an e-mail interview, Amera explains her experience as an online volunteer and the contribution she has been making towards the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

A former teacher at a girls' college, Amera stopped working in 1998 to be a full-time mother. When her children reached their school age, she decided to dedicate her free time to Online Volunteering. "I joined RESPECT International (a Canada-based organization) in March 2003 and became an online volunteer for the first time then," she says. "I felt that I had a lot to offer even while staying at home. Furthermore, I wanted to change to some extent the rather lopsided image of women from Pakistan." UNV

  • This article originally appeared on the United Nations Volunteers website, and is used by permission. United Nations Volunteers (UNV). © 1999 - 2006 UNV
  • * Malik Ashaq Raza is an online volunteer in Eritrea, and is a frequent contributor to the RESPECT e-Zine.
PHOTO GALLERY

RIC t-shirts

RESPECT Intellectual Club members wearing their new t-shirts.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Road to Peace

The 2006 RESPECT International Poster Competition ROAD TO PEACE is underway. This year, some refugee schools will be able to participate due to the generosity of Winnipeg Refugee Education Network and personal donations of postage costs from members of RESPECT.

Unfortunately, funds are limited to four schools at present. However, non-refugee schools can help increase this by donating art supplies, or $45 USD (about €37 EUR) for postage. Details can be found on the Poster Competition web page, or interested schools can email postercontest@respectrefugees.org for more information.

Registration forms can also be attained online, and must be attached to the back of original entries. Entries must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2006. Winners will be announced in June and winning entries will become RESPECT e-Cards.

AFFILIATES

FOBET Lends a Helping Hand to RESPECT Ghana

The RESPECT Intellectual Club (RIC) in Accra, Ghana, recently received a financial boost from a partner organization. Foundation for a Better Tomorrow (FOBET), established in 1996, presented a ¢500,000 cedis (about $63 CAD, $55 USD, €45 EUR) donation to support the Club's t-shirt printing project.

The RIC is made up of about 74 refugee students, mostly Liberians ranging in age from 15 to 26, attending six different schools within the Buduburam Refugee Camp. Like other chapters of RESPECT, the RIC participates in the letter exchange program. However, the Club is also responsible for several other ongoing projects.

Its members are currently working on curriculum material designed by the One World Youth Project on community and culture. As part of the activity, the Club holds discussions and debates focused on the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In addition, the RIC is planning to implement a community service project addressing goal number three of the MDGs, gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Through its connection to the One World Youth Project, the Club has been partnered with The Center for Leadership and International Relations at James River High School in Midlothia, Virginia, USA. The two institutions are now working hand-in-hand to encourage youth activism and stimulate positive change on a local and global level.

FOBET is an independent Ghanaian non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to improving the futures of deprived rural communities by assisting with capacity building, helping to identify and solve fundamental problems, and enhancing quality of life on a local level. The organization's efforts are focused mainly on water/sanitation, health education, population and reproductive health, women and gender development, and capacity building of rural institutions/community-based organizations. T-shirts

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