ISSN 1710-6931 June 29, 2007 Issue 102

A Refugee For 24 Hours

May 11 and May 12, 2007, were life-changing days for 40 youth in Winnipeg who attended the annual 24-hour exile event. They were able to experience first-hand what it is like to be a refugee in a simulated refugee camp.

The youth were exiled from home and had to deal with the intense experiences that refugees go through within 24 hours.

There are millions of refugees around the world who have been forced to leave their homes for different reasons including armed conflict and natural disasters.

Many people do not understand what refugees go through but some groups of organisations which include the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (MIIC), Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM), Manitoba Hydro, and RESPECT International, are trying to change that in Winnipeg through this annual, which was first held in 2002. Refugee

International Dinner Raises Funds for Computer Lab

Students at the Peter Burrus Memorial Academy located at the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana do not have access to computers right now. However, this situation is going to change, thanks to the students of the Palo Community School, Palo, Michigan, USA, who helped to raise funds through an international dinner.

The inspiration behind the fund-raising and cultural event is Mrs. Judy Huynh, a teacher of the 6th and 7th grades at the Palo Community School which is attended by about 135 students.

Judy's initial knowledge of refugees came from her husband Han Huynh who is originally from Vietnam. Her awareness of other refugee situations around the world was through her contact with Marc Schaeffer, RESPECT International's coordinator. International Dinner


People filling their plates

People filling their plates during the international dinner held at Palo Community School, Palo, Michigan, USA.


RESPECT Seeks Members For Facebook Group

RESPECT International, has created a group on Facebook. This site is administered by Marc Schaeffer, Founder and International Coordinator of RESPCT International.

The group is open to new members and currently has 23 members. Once you register with Facebook, go to the RESPECT International group page.

According to its website, Facebook is of one of the fastest growing social networking websites. Originally, centered on improving communication channels in schools, colleges and universities, Facebook has opened its membership globally. Once on Facebook, members can share photos, videos, messages and ideas with their friends and family.

Come and join the circle of RESPECT friends on Facebook!


Garage Sale to Help in Bringing Back Smiles

It is said that actions speak louder than the words. That's exactly what Robyn Mossman, a RESPECT International board member proved to all of us. While preparing to move to Ottawa for two years for her medical residency, she organized a garage sale of some of her belongings at the house of Marc Schaeffer.

Volunteers took great interest in organising the sale, as the collections were meant for a noble cause. Proceeds of this sale are used for sending better computers to Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana. This refugee camp caters mainly to the Liberian refugees and is in need of help for computers and infrastructural facilities for the community school. Garage Sale

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