ISSN 1710-6931 February 9, 2007 Issue 92

It makes difference!

When one door closes, another one opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. —Alexander Graham Bell.

When there exists a sincere commitment to do something, for sure we would look for the open doors around us instead of simply escaping.

That is exactly what Ms. Kay Adoshima of the United States of America (USA) has done by gifting a bunch of pens to the refugee school in Nyarugusu Camp, Tanzania. Kay found some unused pens in her apartment, collected them all one day but realized that there were many more than what she needed. Unused pens

RESPECT Chats With Refugee Camp Coordinator

RESPECT interviewed Mr. Bilombele Asukulu, Executive Director of the New Educational Centre for Hope (NECH), and Camp Coordinator, Nyaragusu Refugee Camp, Tanzania. The interview was conducted with the backdrop of a donation of pens by Ms. Kay Adoshima of the United States of America (USA) to the New Educational Centre for Hope (NECH).

RESPECT: Hello, Mr. Asukulu. We hope the children are doing well and are enjoying the New Year. Tell us something about your refugee school and the refugee community at Nyarugusu, Tanzania. How many children are there in your school and what are the services you provide?

Asukulu: New Educational Centre for Hope (NECH) is an autonomous vocational school operating in Nyarugusu camp. It was created on July 3, 2003. It is a partner of RESPECT International in Tanzania. Currently there are 154 students. The services provided are vocational trainings, seminars on HIV/AIDS, and assistance to HIV/AIDS orphans by paying their school fees in different secondary schools. Camp Coordinator


Mohomou students assemble outside school

Students assemble outside the Mohomou Refugee School in N'Zerekore, Guinea.


Volunteer Wins Women's Commission Award

Congratulations to Atuu Waonaje for being selected as a recipient of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children's Voices of Courage award!

The Women's Commission hosts an annual Voices of Courage awards luncheon to honor refugees like Atuu. These refugees have been nominated for their commitment and leadership in promoting the well-being of displaced women and youth.

This year's luncheon will be held on May 10, 2007, in New York City, where Atuu will travel for the presentation. Commission Award

Videos Help Document RESPECT's work

If you're interested in learning more about RESPECT's work in Guinea, check out videos available on YouTube. RESPECT helps Liberian refugees write about their experiences.

Here is a summary of the videos:

  1. Robert—identified by an offscreen voice as being the first student to write letters with RESPECT at this school—receives writing supplies. The supplies were sent by their partner school—Palo Community School, in Michigan, USA.
  2. Martha likewise receives supplies—including pencils and crayons to portray refugee life. She has encouraged other students in their efforts to communicate.

RESPECT's work

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