ISSN 1710-6931 October 3, 2008 Issue 135

Letter Exchange Programme Displays Sharing And Caring

Sometimes a small step taken by a few visionaries can develop into a giant initiative that benefits mankind. This philosophy was given shape with the letter exchange programme between a group of students from the New English Center for Hope (NECH) in Tanzania and a group of theatre students from the Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) in Winnipeg, Canada.

MTYP initially contacted RESPECT International in March 2007 to participate in a letter exchange with a small group of their students, which culminated in an agreement to exchange letters with pen pals in Nyarugusu, Tanzania. Letter Exchange

Jenkins Macedo Sets Up Book Drive For Africa

As we all know some parts of Africa are still embroiled in civil war, which results in lots of difficulties for the children, youth and the student community.

Moved by such circumstances, Jenkins Macedo has taken a noble task in his hand. He has initiated a Book Drive for Africa (BDA) , to send books to the needy students, particularly in the areas of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana in West Africa.

Starting off from Worcester, Massachusetts, the drive is gaining momentum as more and more like-minded people and groups are extending a helping hand in the venture. Book Drive


Hana's Suitcase Inspires Children Worldwide

Hana's Suitcase is the story of some present day Japanese children who wanted to solve the mystery of Hana Brady, the girl whose name was painted on an old suitcase from the World War II Auschwitz death camp in Germany.

Fumiko Ishioka of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Centre, along with her staff and volunteers has been successful in researching and popularizing the story of Hana and her suitcase. The story has inspired creativity in children from around the world. It has also helped them learn about the consequences of intolerance and racism.

Marc Schaeffer, President and Founder of RESPECT International, was able to meet with Fumiko Ishioka during his family holiday in Japan.

Please check out their website for more information.

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