ISSN 1710-6931 April 20, 2007 Issue 97

A View of RESPECT From The Ground

This is part 2 of a 3 part series featuring comments by RESPECT's Uganda Country Coordinator, Tom Fred Obonyo during a discussion with Trent Newman. Part one was published in the last issue if the e-Zine.

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 met with Tom Fred Obonyo, co-coordinator of Agoro Community Development Association (ACDA) in Northern Uganda, and RESPECT country coordinator for Uganda.

Last issue, Tom Fred spoke of the tangible and intangible benefits of RESPECT's programme in Uganda, especially the Agoro community in Kitgum. In this issue he talks about the limitations and barriers: From The Ground

Distance Not An Issue For Letter Exchange Friends

The Letter Exchange Programme initiated by RESPECT International continues to receive positive feedback from participating schools. The programme involves introducing refugee and non-refugee students through a pen-pal letter exchange.

Letters from refugee students are forwarded to a participating non-refugee school. The students then reply to the letters, and new friendships are born. Letter exchanges can be conducted as a class or a club activity.

An interview with Ms. Beth Glenney, a public school teacher from Brooklyn, New York, United States of America, serves to reinforce the success of the programme in partnership with a refugee school in Sierra Leone.

The two schools are a world apart in distance and culture but the letter exchanges seems to have reduced all barriers and brought the two entirely different worlds together. In the process, everyone involved is enriched. Letter Exchange Friends


OWNAYS Participants

Pictured are participants and several staff members of The One World North America Youth Summit held at the Georgetown University. The event was a collaboration of the One World Youth Project and the Georgetown University UNICEF Group.


DTA Makes Donation to RESPECT Ghana

RESPECT Ghana has received a donation of computer equipment to assist in the enhancement of its community development project.

The computer and printer were provided by Debate to Action (DTA), a British Council/World Bank Institute initiative aimed at building the capacity of youth organizations in development issues and peer education techniques through their "training-of-trainers" project. RESPECT Ghana

Poster Contest Entries Ready For Judging

We have received dozens of wonderful entries to this year's poster contest. We are in the process of finalizing procedures with the judges who are responsible for determining the winners. We already know they face a very difficult job trying to select the best posters.


RESPECT Partners With The LemonAid Fund

About a year ago Alex P. Columbus, the National Coordinator for Peace Pals Education Network/RESPECT Sierra Leone, met with the LemonAid Fund's founder to talk about a possible partnership between the two organizations. In March of this year, RESPECT officially partnered up with the LemonAid Fund to bring technology to Sierra Leoneons who would otherwise go without.

The LemonAid Fund, founded by Nancy Peddle, is an organization that sees the child as the center of the circle of change. From this, the LemonAid Fund directs much of its efforts to early childhood activities including education, health care, and parenting. LemonAid Fund

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