ISSN 1710-6931 March 10, 2006 Issue 68

Refugee Students Receive Package Mailed Two Years Ago

"Better late than never" said Dieudonné Amisi Mutambala, Country Coordinator for RESPECT Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and RESPECT Burundi who recently received a package. The package was sent by the students of Katy Lynch from the Anwatin Middle School, Minnesota, USA. The package was waiting to be retrieved from the Bujumbura Post Office since 2004. Package

New RESPECT University Course Underway in Ghana

An exciting new RESPECT University course has just been launched at Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana. Ashok Pillai of India has joined as the University's newest professor, introducing the curriculum Cooperative Enterprise to students at the Ghanaian refugee camp. With the assistance and organization efforts of RESPECT Ghana programs coordinator Anthony Macedo Barlee, and Aaron Nii Larmtee Lawson, the course will accommodate an unprecedented 28 refugee students living in the camp.

Already an online volunteer, Delhi-based Ashok applied as a RESPECT University coordinator and accepted the position on January 5, 2006. Ashok's fifteen years of experience working for an institution that provides financial assistance to cooperatives led to his decision to launch this original course. Through his position, Ashok has been in close contact with some of India's most economically disadvantaged populations. "In these years of working for them I identified with them, and found that had they got the same opportunities that I got, they would have done better," he states. Course


Institut de LA PAIX laptops

Institut de LA PAIX computer center. Working with the laptops are left: Mr Mayaliwa Assumani Issaac, Volunteer Administrator for ArtHum; middle: students; right: Majaribu Bange Wa-Useni, Contact Teacher.


Poster Contest Deadline Only Weeks Away

Only a few weeks remain until April 1st - the postmark deadline for RESPECT's 2006 International Poster Competition. Refugee children in Burundi, Ghana, Northern Uganda, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and many more are already painting and drawing their posters. They are joined by non-refugee students in Canada, France, Korea, Indonesia and Australia.

Entry is free and there is still time to join in. Information on entry rules can be found on our website. Contest

RESPECT Listed With The Communication Initiative

A summary of RESPECT's mission and activities has been added to The Communication Initiative.

The Communication Initiative website and e-publications, such as The Drum Beat, are designed for the international development community and anyone interested in communication for social development and change. Currently, their network includes more than 50,000 individuals and organisations.


ACDA Faces Challenges Dealing With Conflicts

The Agoro Community Development Association (ACDA), based in a rural community in the Kitgum district of Uganda, near the border with Sudan, is a growing non-governmental organization (NGO) established by Tom Fred Obonyo and Alex Apia in cooperation with local community members. A RESPECT affiliate organization, ACDA focuses on education, human rights, and health and sanitation. ACDA

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