ISSN 1710-6931 November 2, 2007 Issue 111

Water and the Right to Live

It is a fact that about 70 per cent of the earth is covered with water. Yet there are cases where people can't find enough water to drink. It brings to mind the childhood phrase water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink.

The cruel fact is that 97 percent of the available water on earth is not drinkable; it is salty water. Though there are processes through which the salt can be removed from sea water to make it drinkable, the process is expensive and not easily available to those fighting for survival.

However, there are instances where voluntary and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are helping people in their search for drinking water. One such project at the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana is a fine example of the aid NGOs are providing. Through this water pump project, Liberian refugees will not only have drinking water but they are also being trained to set up Rope pumps for extracting water, which is bound to help them when they return to Liberia.

The 2nd United Nations World Water Development Report released in Mexico City, during the 4th World Water Forum meeting in March 2006, points towards the growing imbalance and improper use of the available drinking water. Right to Live

Students In Sierra Leone Invest In Their Future

My name is Kenneth Donahue and I am the instructor of the Basic Principles of Accounting course sponsored by the RESPECT University. The aim of this course is to expose students to the key concepts of accounting as well as give them practical expertise in bookkeeping. Currently, there are 11 students in this course, ranging in age from 22 to 31.

The students are refugees who live in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The coordinator for the course is Alex P. Columbus, without whose tireless work this course would not be possible. Thus far, my students have completed five lessons and homework assignments which have focused on the balance sheet and income statement.

The text, upon which lessons are based, is Anthony and Pearlman's (2000) Essentials of Accounting, which includes 11 lessons. Sierra Leone


Let The Voice Of Youth And Children Be Heard

The theme for RESPECT's 2007-8 Annual Poster Contest is Let The Voice Of Youth And Children Be Heard. The theme was chosen from the excellent suggestions we received.

There is financial assistance for refugees schools who need help paying postage for their students' entries. The poster contest coordinator for each refugee school needs to make a request as soon as possible.

Send you request to or to your country coordinator.

Entry requirements and other information for the Poster Contest are available online.

The Newest Addition To The RESPECT Family

Here is some happy, merry, cheery news!

Marc Schaeffer, founder of RESPECT International, and his wife, Kae Sasaki, were recently blessed with a beautiful baby girl. Hannah Zoe Sasaki Schaeffer was born on October 15 at 11:26 p.m. She weighed 5 lb 4 oz at birth — a tiny, little girl; a big bundle of joy.

But as Jhumpa Lahiri nicely puts it about the arrival of a child in her bestseller book, The Namesake, ...weighing next to nothing but changing everything..., Marc's and Kae's world has definitely changed for the better with Hannah's arrival.

Marc said: Kae and I are both smitten with Hannah. When Hannah looks into Kae's eyes it is always with a look of adoration. When she looks into my eyes it is with a playful curiosity. Hannah Zoe

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