ISSN 1710-6931 May 16, 2008 Issue 125

David Mariano
— Man With A Mission

Owing to some unfortunate circumstances, Uganda, Darfur and Sudan seem to have become synonymous with people's sufferings and human rights violations. Despite the involvement of the United Nations (UN) and other international agencies, the situation remains far from being conducive to allow the residents to lead a happy and healthy life.

Under these circumstances, the role of community-based organisations (CBOs) becomes all the more crucial. The effectiveness of such organisations in turn depends on the level of sincerity and missionary zeal of the people running these organisations.

In one of our recent e-Zine articles, we featured Tom Fred Obonyo, coordinator of RESPECT Uganda and the Agoro Community Development Association (ACDA), and the commendable services for humanity they are performing in the North Sudan and Darfur region.

David B Mariano is yet another person whose untiring efforts have been instrumental in bringing smiles to the faces of some people in the strife-torn regions of Sudan. David Mariano


Computers Are Ready
To Be Deployed

Through the generosity of RESPECT International, 20 computers were donated to the Buduburam Refugee Camp, Ghana. With the help of Arrow Networks, these computers cleared customs and are available for pickup and deployment in the camp.

The computers will be used for equipping a resource centre that was established by RESPECT and One World Youth Project (OWYP).  The computers will be accessible by all students from various schools on the camp and be used for educational purposes.

Alfred Kayee, RESPECT Program Coordinator for Buduburam Refugee Camp, has arranged to pickup up the computers on May 15, 2008.


One World Youth Project Accepting Applications

One World Youth Project (OWYP) is accepting applications for Project Ambassador. The deadline for applications is Thursday, May 29, 2008.

Every year OWYP accepts applications for the opportunity to serve as a One World Youth Project Ambassador and help carry out the mission of OWYP. Ambassadors are young people ages 16 to 28 from anywhere in the world.

According to the OWYP website, "Project Ambassadors can be from any country or region. Project Ambassadors can have any educational background (for instance, a high/secondary school or university degree is not required to be considered for an Ambassador position). Project Ambassadors should be interested in education, cultural exchange, and the issues represented by the UN Millennium Development Goals.

"Project Ambassadors should be responsible, flexible, interested, hard-working, and creative. Our work requires a lot of interesting circumstances and situations around the world (sometimes long hours working together as a team or speaking to each other on SKYPE) — therefore Project Ambassadors must have stamina and passion for this kind of work."

The position of Project Ambassador is a one-year commitment (July 2008 to July 2009).

The Project Ambassador application is available on the OWYP website.

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