ISSN 1710-6931 June 13, 2008 Issue 127

2007-2008 Poster Contest Winners

RESPECT International is pleased to announce the winners of the 2007-2008 Poster Contest. The theme of this year's contest was Let The Voice Of Youth And Children Be Heard.

Refugee Winner

Non-refugee Winners

We had too few entries from refugees schools to be able to have multiple categories.

However, the judges for this year's contest were impressed by all of the more than 100 entries, making it very difficult to select the winners. We hope each student who entered the contest is proud of their excellent entries.

A big thank you to this year's judges: Shalla Alnwick, Shai Alnwick, and Shalene Wallace.

Larger versions of these entries, as well as the Honourable Mention entries, can be found using this link. (Note: This page contains large images that may take a significant amount of time to download.) Contest Winners

Thirty-Hour Famine Letter Writing Exchange

When we arrived at the middle-years school in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the students were in the eighth hour of a World Vision 30-hour Famine.

I had written a script detailing life in Northern Uganda that would be read aloud by the students, instead of me lecturing them for 20 minutes on the country. Thirty-Hour Famine


Refugee letters on a table

Pictured are some of the refugee letters students in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada responded to during the World Vision 30-hour Famine.


Benvenuti a RESPECT International

Visitors will see Bienvenidos a RESPECT when they visit the Italian Home Page on the RESPECT website.

The major pages on the RESPECT website have been translated into Italian thanks to the hard work and dedication of a group of volunteers. We offer a big Thank You to these volunteers at the completion of the first phase of the project:

  • Annalisa Foglia
  • Maria Lauri
  • Michele Losito
  • Tiziana Massa
  • Alessandro Spairani

The project was suggested by Michele Losito. The other volunteers learned of the project through the United Nations Online Volunteering service.

The next phase of the project has already begun. When the project is completed all of the website pages will be available to the Italian-speaking world.


A Computer for RESPECT Sierra Leone

Timothy Anderson, president and founder of World Computer Exchange (WCE), announced the donation of a laptop computer to RESPECT Sierra Leone.

WCE is a global education and environment non-profit organisation that helps connect youths. To date, they have delivered almost 27,000 computers to about 65 countries!

Luc Aalmans, a WCE programme officer for Sierra Leone, will take the laptop with him when he visits the African country during the last week of June.

Luc is skilled in electrical and mechanical engineering and has a keen interest in computers. He plans to use these skills to help setup computers in the lab and to work with children to become more familiar with computers and the internet.

This is also an opportunity for Luc (as well as for us) to learn more about Sierra Leone and the needs of people living there, through his on-the-ground experience.

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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