ISSN 1710-6931 April 6, 2007 Issue 96

RESPECT Provides Education: A Review Of The e-Zine

I have just been on a powerful educational journey and I want to share it with you. In preparation for some research and evaluation work I am planning to do in partnership with RESPECT International and with the Agoro Community Development Association (ACDA) in Northern Uganda, I have been reading through back issues of this e-Zine.

I have traced the rapid, passionate, and fiercely demanding growth of RESPECT from its inception only five years ago and have borne witness to the emotional, academic, factual, critical, and reflective voices that have elaborated the many dimensions of this story. RESPECT e-Zine

Letters Penned With Love From The Los Angeles Zoo

It may not sound like the home of your typical pen pal, but letters from the Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California, USA, have started arriving in Uganda. Late last year RESPECT International refugees began working together with Roots & Shoots, a youth programme from The Jane Goodall Institute which promotes care and understanding for both the environment and global community.

The letter exchange programme of RESPECT has teamed up with Roots & Shoots' correspondence programme Partnership in Understanding to create a global pen-pal network. From The Zoo

A View of RESPECT From The Ground

This is part 1 of a 3 part series featuring comments by RESPECT's Uganda Country Coordinator, Tom Fred Obonyo during a discussion with Trent Newman.

In order to gain some preliminary understanding of the implementation of RESPECT's programmes and also to glean from a local expert those issues that require the most attention, Trent posed three questions to Tom Fred Obonyo, co-coordinator of Agoro Community Development Association (ACDA) in Northern Uganda and RESPECT's country coordinator for Uganda. From The Ground


RESPECT Seeks Funds To Help With Cost Of Postage

RESPECT International is seeking funding to pay for postage for correspondence from war-affected refugee and internally displaced person (IDP) communities. The funds will help pay for refugees and IDPs to send pen pal letters to non-refugee students, and RESPECT University students to return assignments to their tutors.

We are asking you to show your support of this project by voting at GiveMeaning. Voting takes less than a minute, and it's easy – so please VOTE NOW , by going to the project proposal page and review the project profile. To vote, just click on the Vote icon.

When you vote, you are NOT making a financial commitment of any kind; you're simply indicating that you think it's a good idea and we should go ahead with the project. For the project to move forward we need 100 votes by 30 April 2007. Postage Project

RESPECT e-Zine Marks Four Year Anniversary

This issue marks the four year anniversary of the RESPECT e-Zine. International Coordinator Marc Schaeffer and I extend our appreciation and thanks to all of the volunteers who have contributed to the e-Zine.

Trent Newman, one of our newest volunteer writers, has written a feature article about his impressions of the first four years of e-Zine issues. Four Years

As in any newsletter or magazine, RESPECT e-zine is committed to striving for interesting articles and announcements concerning refugee issues all around the world.

If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute an article, contact the e-Zine editor, Angela Carter, at

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