ISSN 1710-6931 December 14, 2007 Issue 114

Run for Rights Supports Rights of Refugees

The Run for Rights, a 5 and 10k run in Winnipeg, began because of the dream of Louise Simbandumwe, a refugee from Burundi, a small country in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

Burundi is considered to be one of the poorest countries in the world in terms of gross domestic product per capita where one 2002 study found that 68% of the population lived below the poverty line. Run for Rights

NECH Responds To Refugee Educational Needs

RESPECT International recently interviewed Bilombele Asukulu, coordinator for the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in Tanzania and representative for the New Educational Center for Hope (NECH) about the work being done by the center in its educational outreach to the refugees.

RESPECT: Thank you, Bilombele Asukulu, for taking the time to interview with RESPECT. The New Educational Center for Hope (NECH) is an excellent educational resource that was established in 2003 by local refugees in Tanzania. Can you tell us more about how this facility came about, and what is its current status?

ASUKULU: NECH (New Educational Center For Hope) was formerly known as the New English Center for Hope. Since 2006 the name has changed to meet the needs of most people in the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp. Established in July 2003, NECH wanted to respond to the educational needs of refugees, which day and night, remained a dream instead of being a reality. NECH Responds

Respect Refugiados Presents Online Soft Skill Training

RESPECT Refugiados, the European branch of RESPECT International, located in Barcelona, started as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in June 2005 to help spread awareness of refugee issues.

Since its inception, it has been providing support for local NGOs to improve their competences and knowledge. They have a lot experience in online training, so they decided to put together the training Soft Skills and Management Abilities in NGOs for volunteers from developing countries.

They have already trained more than 100 volunteers and aid workers since it was announced in August on the RESPECT e-Zine. Soft Skill Training


RESPECT University Volunteers Receive Award

Congratulations to RESPECT University!

On 5 December 2007, the United Nations (UN) Volunteers Online Volunteering Service announced RESPECT University's team of volunteers was selected to receive the Online Volunteering Team of the Year Award. They are one of ten volunteer teams from around the world to receive the award this year.

RESPECT University addresses two of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The work of the other volunteer teams addresses only one of the eight MDGs. The MDGs RESPECT University addresses are:

  • MDG 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • MDG 8: Develop a global partnership for development

For more than a year, Ashok Pillai has been the volunteer coordinator for RESPECT University. Ashok coordinates the contributions of a group of volunteers he continues to work to expand.

You can read more about RESPECT University and the other volunteer teams on the UNV website. We will include comments from the 30 team members in the next issue of the e-Zine, to be published 28 December 2007. RESPECT University


Katembo Mulere and Dieudonné Amisi Mutambala

Mr. Katembo Mulere (left), a Congolese, provided financial help to Dieudonné for internet access enabling him to complete his online training from RESPECT Refugiados.

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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