ISSN 1710-6931 October 2, 2009 Issue 146

Exchange Program to Help Children See Eye to Eye

Oscar Benjamin had a vision when he was seven years old to help children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), a country located in Central Africa. It is a country marred by violence and beginning in 1998, some five million people were killed in the Second Congo War, according to online estimates.

"Children live in slums here because their parents or guardians have little to no money for education, clothing, shoes, housing, medicine and food. They are surrounded by so many hardships, frustrations, and a lack of basic care because their loved ones have died, were lost in the war or have contracted AIDS," Oscar said.

In 2006, Benjamin's childhood vision became a reality when he formed Eye to Eye Child Care (EECC), a community based, child welfare organization that helps children in Uvira and Fizi in the DR Congo get off the streets, out of the slums, and into school. Eye to Eye

RESPECT Launches New Blog

RESPECT International is proud to announce the launch of its new BLOG. An important part of the work that RESPECT does is to raise awareness about refugee issues. A blog helps to achieve this goal in a number of ways.

Much of the work that RESPECT does is with non-refugee students who write letters to refugee students through the Global Letter Exchange Program. Many students are familiar with the internet and reading blogs. In this way the blog becomes a useful tool either to introduce students to the Global Letter Exchange Program or for those who already know something about refugee issues to discover more.

Any internet user can also learn about refugee issues by reading the blogs. They are easily read because they are made up of small articles. However, blogs need to be frequently updated giving people new and interesting information on a regular basis. RESPECT Blog


We Need Your Ideas

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

You can learn more about this year's poster contest on the 2009-2010 Poster Contest page.

Send your Poster Contest theme ideas to the Poster Contest team.

As in previous years, assistance with postage fees is available to Refugee schools. We recommend Refugee schools send in their entries NLT January 2010 since it can take three to four months for us to receive their entries.

The themes from previous Poster Contests were:

  • 2008-2009: Bring Peace to Our World
  • 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

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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