ISSN 1710-6931 November 14, 2008 Issue 137

RESPECT Organizes Online Book Drive

In an effort to raise money for RESPECT International, e-Zine volunteer coordinator Aruna Gupta has teamed up with co-worker Surat Mukker and e-Zine writer Linda Salim to launch the first-ever book drive.

Books collected from friends and family of Aruna, Surat and Linda will be listed on and all proceeds from the sales will be donated directly to RESPECT. The money raised will go toward various RESPECT projects, including funding libraries in African refugee camps.

Aruna, while unsure how much money will be raised, says that "any bit will help".

As of now, only one book has been added to the website, but Aruna hopes to have the rest of the two dozen collected books up by the end of this week.

Most of the books range from US$15 to US$40 (€12 to €31; £10 to £25). Each person who purchases an item from the RESPECT book sale will also receive a thank-you card.

Initially, this drive was arranged for a book collection to send to schools at affiliate camps in Africa. However, some of the books collected did not seem relevant to the schools. "We thought we could still get value from these books by selling them," Gupta says.

After a few months of planning with Surat, Linda and Mark Martin (RESPECT's e-Zine accountant), the book drive project became a reality.

Gupta is very hopeful about the success of this project. "We hope this is an ongoing project and we will only continue to grow. Marc [Schaeffer] and all the RESPECT members have been very encouraging, providing much support throughout this project."

Aruna has recently announced that she will be stepping down as e-Zine volunteer coordinator to spend more time on this project, and Marc Schaeffer will be taking over the position. Book Drive


We Need Your Ideas

Now that the new school year is in full swing, it is time for RESPECT's Annual Poster Contest, and for you to send us your ideas for this year's contest theme.

You can learn more about this year's poster contest on the 2008-2009 Poster Contest page.

As in previous years, assistance with postage fees is available to Refugee schools. We recommend Refugee schools send in their entries no later than January 2009 since it can take three to four months for us to receive their entries.

The themes from previous Poster Contests were:

  • 2007-2008: Let The Voice Of Youth And Children Be Heard
  • 2006-2007: Education Opens the Door to the World
  • 2005-2006: Road to Peace
  • 2004-2005: The Connected World: What binds us together?
  • 2003-2004: Crossing Borders: Stretching My World

Send your Poster Contest theme ideas to the Poster Contest team. We look forward to another year of remarkable entries.

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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