ISSN 1710-6931 October 6, 2006 Issue 83
FEATURE ARTICLES

RESPECT Cameroon Receives Funds From Issaquah High School

Samantha and her schoolmates from Issaquah High School contacted Nestor Nyoma, RESPECT Cameroon's coordinator, a few months ago offering him their help. Since the students from a small town near Seattle, Washington, USA, could easily gather school supplies and sport outfits, they decided to send some to the refugee students taking part in the RESPECT Global Letter Exchange program.

The students had just joined the RESPECT Global Letter Exchange program. But when the time came, the package was too heavy to be sent by post. Far from giving up, they decided to collect funds and send them to Nestor through RESPECT International. RESPECT Cameroon


RESPECT Ghana Selected For Debate to Action Project

The British Council and the World Bank Institute on 25 September 2006, launched the Debate to Action (DTA) Project in Ghana. The project was launched by Ghana's Minister of Manpower, Youth and Employment, Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface. Its aim is to build the capacity of youth organizations in development knowledge to enhance community development.

In his speech the minister emphasized that "the youth are a potential force to reckon with if our dreams for sustainable development is to crystallize." He also called for realistic steps to harness youth potential through their involvement and participation in project design and implementation. DTA Project

PHOTO GALLERY

DTA volunteers

DTA volunteers, from left to right: Anthony Barlee (Asst. Dean of Students (DOMICA) Program Coordinator, Buduburam), Prosper Akar (Executive Director of FOBET), Gifty Ahomile (YES Ghana participant), Fred Ayifli (Country Coordinator, RESPECT Ghana), Edudzie Emmanuel (Country Coordinator, YES Ghana), Adadzewa Oto (Site Facilitator, DTA-Ghana) Aaron Nii Lamte Lawson (Youth Development Worker and RESPECT Ghana Volunteer).

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Walk Increases Awareness Of Night Commuters

On Saturday, October 21, 2006, people from more than 75 cities in 16 countries will participate in the second Guluwalk.

This initiative, started in July 2005 by two Canadians, hopes to raise funds to increase awareness of the threats faced by displaced children in Northern Uganda. The effort hopes to attract 10,000 people able to raise or donate $100.00 CAD (about $90 USD or €70 EUR) each.

Gulu is a major city in Northern Uganda. In this region, thousands of children travel each night from rural areas to larger towns to sleep in safety. These so-called night commuters usually live in internally displaced person (IDP) camps, but try to avoid abduction by the Lord's Resistance Army who use them as sex slaves or soldiers. Each morning, they walk back to their camp to go to school and live their daily life. You can find pictures of the night commuters on the BBC news website.

To learn about a Guluwalk near you, visit http://www.guluwalk.com/doaguluwalk/. Donations or pledges to a walker can be made at http://www.guluwalk.com/donate/.

FIRST PERSON

A Writing Assignment

My name is Hali Bosica and I am a student at Stevenson-Britannia Adult Literacy Program. I was given an assignment to write to a pen pal that resides in Guinea. His name is Osayou D. Menlia; he was originally from Liberia but moved, with his family, after the war started.

I was really interested in the assignment because I had no idea where Guinea or Liberia was and I had learned a lot researching about these places. Life is so different in other countries, but it doesn't really affect Canadians on a personal level. Having a pen pal made me wonder what it's like to live in a place where you're not protected like us, and it really opened my eyes to what people go through, when the place they live has war and turmoil. Writing Assignment

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