ISSN 1710-6931 May 5, 2006 Issue 72

Yard Sale Raises Money for Ghana Book Shipment

Who would have thought that some old sweaters, stuffed animals, Christmas tree ornaments, and an incomplete set of golf clubs (circa 1971) could be worth so much?

A few months ago, Lakeland, Florida resident Cherish Welch learned, through an incredible stroke of good fortune, of a large amount of children's books that were soon to be discarded. Remembering what I had told her about RESPECT and its work with refugee populations worldwide, she contacted me to inquire about the possibility of shipping the books to a refugee school in Africa. She was subsequently able to obtain seven boxes full of them for this purpose.

After researching and contacting RESPECT founder Marc Schaeffer for ideas, we decided to send the books to Buduburam Community Refugee School in Ghana, which accommodates over 2000 refugee students and 55 trained teachers, but lacks a library. RESPECT Coordinator and Buduburam teacher Anthony Macedo Barlee confirmed the school's need for a library and expressed enthusiasm at the project. The problem was finding adequate funds to ship approximately 350 hardcover books to Ghana. Yard Sale


Cherish and Lillian

Cherish (left) and Lillian (right) at the RESPECT literature table and doughnut stand at a yard sale to raise money to pay the costs of shipping books to refugee students at the Buduburam Community Refugee School in Ghana.


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RESPECT International depends on volunteers from around the world. We find most of our volunteers using the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Online Volunteering website. When we identify a need for volunteers, we post an assignment on the UNV website.

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