ISSN 1710-6931 June 26, 2009 Issue 141

From A Refugee Camp To Life In The US

Jenkins Macedo is a student at Worcester State College, Massachusetts. Before arriving in the United States, Jenkins was a refugee. Born in Liberia, he was forced to leave his land and flee to Sierra Leone, then Guinea, Ivory Coast and Ghana, after the first outbreak of civil war in the late 1980s.

His refugee experience was at the centre of a lecture, From a Refugee Camp Experience to a New Life in the US, given by Jenkins on November 20, 2008 as part of the Diversity Lecture Series in the university. Refugee Camp

An Interview With Joan McDonald

Joan MacDonald has been collaborating with RESPECT International, coordinating RESPECT University courses to refugee students in Kampala, Uganda, since March 2007. As a RESPECT University field coordinator, she communicates with tutors, downloads lesson materials, and uploads the finished assignments. This article is the third part of the interview series with her.

Association with RESPECT

The Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) at Refugee Law Project (RLP) is currently coordinating the following courses with RESPECT University: Early Childhood Development, International Human Rights (English), International Human Rights (French), International Relations, Business Administration, Small and Medium Business, Persuasive Writing, and Information Technology. A total of 62 students are enrolled in these courses. Joan McDonald

KANERE – Reflecting Life In The Kakuma Refugee Camp

KANERE, or the Kakuma News Reflector, is an independent news magazine produced by Ethiopian, Congolese, Ugandan, Rwandan, Somali, Sudanese and Kenyan journalists operating in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.

A print version of the online news magazine is circulated in the camp and town. The group will publish on a monthly basis until funding allows them to increase the publications to twice a month. KANERE


NECH Gives Hope To The Hopeless

Bilombele Asukulu is the executive director of New Educational Center for Hope (NECH). Since October 1996, he was living as a refugee in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in the United Republic of Tanzania after he fled from his country, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Prior to his refugee life, he lived in Baraka, a small town in the South-Kivu near the shore of Lake Tanganyika. While he was in the camp, he was very much concerned with the future of the desperate youth in the camp, majority of whom escaped from Congo violence and remained hopeless, without quality education. NECH

RESPECT At UNV Conference In Bonn

To celebrate the inauguration of the new Online United Nations Volunteer (UNV) site on December 5, 2008, Ashok Pillai, RESPECT University coordinator, was invited to participate through video conference as an online volunteer of RESPECT University at UNV, India, New Delhi.

The event took place at the UNV headquarters, Bonn, Germany, and was attended by local online volunteers and officials. The opportunity provided a platform to showcase the ability of our online volunteers to touch and change people's lives. UNV Conference

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