ISSN 1710-6931 June 16, 2006 Issue 75

Mental Health Interventions in Refugee Camps

Can mental health interventions (MHIs) in refugee camps and among the internally displaced and asylum seekers be an effective tool in the well-being and future security of the millions of people fleeing conditions of violence and conflict?

This is the subject of critical analysis being undertaken by Veronica (Roni) Fynn who is currently pursuing her Master's in Public Health at the University of Nottingham, UK. Initially, Roni intended to conduct a field survey among the women and children at the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana, in conjunction with RESPECT Ghana volunteers. Mental Health

HIV/AIDS Education Helps Empower Communities

Logan Cochrane knew he could make a difference. That's why he joined RESPECT as a volunteer in 2002, and gradually became more personally involved with projects in Africa supported by the organization. Believing that education could be used as the foundation for the empowerment of communities, he decided to write a brief teachers' manual for HIV/AIDS that could be distributed to some RESPECT affiliate schools. HIV/AIDS

Global Letter Exchange Combined With Other Activities

At the start of the 2005-2006 academic year, children aged 6 to 12 years, at two schools located near Paris, France, joined the RESPECT Global Letter Exchange. They were put in contact with the Recovery School for Congolese Refugees in Bujumbura, Burundi. Letter Exchange


HIV/AIDS T-shirt

One of the t-shirts worn by participants during the One World Youth Project (OWYP)/RESPECT Intellectual Club (RIC) 2006 HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign.


Special Thanks

Special thanks goes to the following organizations and institutions for their support during the One World Youth Project (OWYP)/RESPECT Intellectual Club (RIC) 2006 HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign held on the campuses of eleven schools on the Buduburam Refugee Camp.


  • One World Youth Project (OWYP), U.S.A
  • Foundation for Better Tomorrow (FOBET), Ghana
  • RESPECT International, Canada
  • Clark University, U.S.A
  • RESPECT Ghana, Ghana
  • Central Education Board, Liberian Refugee Welfare Council (CEB/LRWC),Ghana
  • Studio B of the LRWC

Special Thanks


Country Coordinator Joins EarthCorps Volunteers

I was amongst six EarthCorps volunteers and trainees who spent a week on the beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), USA, doing restoration work and trail construction on the Freeland Park as part of the hands on training from EarthCorps.

It has been an amazing experience since I arrived in the US four months ago. It is such a wonderful opportunity to be working on various restoration projects in and around Seattle, Washington, USA.

As we moved from one community to another working and learning together with other young people from the US, I met lots of people who I have had the opportunity of discussing RESPECT's mission. Country Coordinator

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