ISSN 1710-6931 May 7, 2010 Issue 153

Shetha Pioneers Solar Cooker Use with RESPECT

Shetha, an experienced cook and a first-time solar cooker user, will take a step ahead that could prove to be a life-altering experience for many families in West Africa. She is working on a project to introduce solar cookers to West African families and provide them an alternative means of energy.

At RESPECT International, Shetha currently administers a letter exchange program for children in Ghana. The idea of using solar cookers came upon her while she was identifying a project to run along with the letter exchange program.

Feeling very optimistic about overcoming the challenges, she is positive that this technology will be well-received by the people, particularly in replacing the tedious gathering of firewood for their daily energy consumption. Solar Cooker

Jenkins Helps to Coordinate SAP-Liberia Project

Jenkins Macedo, a Liberian refugee and previous Program Coordinator for RESPECT Ghana, is involved in coordinating materials for the Sustainable Agricultural Programme (SAP) Liberia project, including books and other educational supplies.

SAP-Liberia, a registered non-profit, non-political, non-religious and non-governmental organization, was established in January 2002, with the mandate to implement community-based recovery and development programs.

Using IBX shipping, a company which ships out of the United States to Monrovia, Liberia, Jenkins has also coordinated the shipment of a Watt Generator, which will be used to power the house. Jenkins


DRC Refugees Talk about War

Seventeen refugees from the Eye-to-Eye Child Care Center in Uvira, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), overcame their emotions and bad memories to write a letter telling what war means for them.

Most of these teenagers were forced to flee their home in the Kivu Region of DRC. Many others have lost close relatives due to the violent conflicts between rebel groups in the area.

Eye-to-Eye Child Care Center is working to provide them with education and safety. The center's main programs and activities focus on food, basic education support, child talent and "right to play" advocacy. They will engage in a RESPECT letter exchange program with students in Belgium this Spring.

In each e-Zine, one or two letters will be featured so you can get to know them and have an insight into what they feel and experienced in their war-affected home country. DRC Refugees

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