ISSN 1710-6931 February 8, 2008 Issue 118

More Recognition For RESPECT International

The significant achievements of RESPECT International are being recognised throughout the world, the latest acknowledgement coming from Pambazuka News.

The article, which was published on December 12, 2007 and was written by Ms.Nadia El Sherbini, an active RESPECT volunteer. It describes the origins of RESPECT, attributing the development and growth to Marc Schaeffer, the founder and president of the organisation. More Recognition

Board Members Provide Experience And Compassion

The RESPECT International Board of Directors continues to be committed to its mission of helping refugees around the world. For this issue of the e-Zine, we interviewed two board members, Michelle Saper and Rylee Cyzik.

Michelle Saper

Michelle Saper, who was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, joined the RESPECT Board of Directors in 2007. Her association with Marc Schaeffer, the founder and coordinator of RESPECT International, and his wife Kae led her to become interested in taking part in this great work. Board Members

CELA Benefits From Consultancy

The Centre for Youth Development and Adult Education (CELA) at the Lugufu Refugee Camp in Tanzania, recently benefited from the consultancy of Jennifer Schulte, a gender and livelihood program consultant from the United States.

The purpose of the consultancy was to develop CELA's organisational capacity in gender, livelihoods and community-managed microfinance to enhance the skills of Congolese refugee women and youth in the Lugufu Camp preparing for the return to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2008-2009. CELA


RESPECT Ghana Part Of Student's Research Project

Willemijn Eindhoven, a student in disaster studies at Wageningen University in The Netherlands, learned about the work of RESPECT Ghana while researching internships in the country and was immediately attracted to the vision of the organisation.

After contacting RESPECT Ghana and making arrangements for her internship project, Willemijn began her research work at the Buduburam Refugee Camp.

Buduburam, located approximately 35 km west of Accra, Ghana, was opened by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1990 as a home for more than 35,000 refugees from Liberia who had left during the Liberian Civil War (1989-1996) and the Second Liberian Civil War (1999-2003).

While at Buduburam, Willemijn worked with members of RESPECT Ghana to develop a communication planning guide tailored to the organisation. She undertook interviews, made observations, and reviewed available literature in the development of an easy-to-use guide to help members in communicating with people outside of the camp, in order to overcome barriers. RESPECT Ghana

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.

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