ISSN 1710-6931 July 29, 2011 Issue 165

RESPECT – Bridging Cultures Through Letters

RESPECT International is about connections, creating links and deepening understandings. This is done through the power of the written word in the Global Letter Exchange between refugee schools and non-refugee schools.

The reaction of the non-refugee schools has been wonderful, with staff and students alike, dedicating time to contribute to RESPECT International; their support is invaluable as without them, the letter exchange would not be possible.

The majority of schools taking part as non-refugee schools are based in the United States and Canada. Teachers from these schools apply to take part in the exchange, with the aim of increasing awareness among their classes of the struggles and issues refugees face every day. They do this through the undertaking and cultivation of "pen-pal" relations. At present schools in France, Japan and Taiwan are also participating. Letters

Solar Success – What's Cooking at RESPECT?

The Republic of Liberia on the west coast of Africa is amongst the world's poorest countries. Marred by two brutal civil wars ending in 2003, an estimated 200,000 people were killed and thousands more fled.

While Liberia's economy lay in tatters, the country became heavily reliant on foreign assistance for revenue (from the CIA – The World Factbook). Coupled with bordering countries also in conflict or in economical turmoil including Sierra Leone and Guinea, the country and the region became of interest to one group of RESPECT International volunteers who cooked up a plan to create clean and affordable energy to a region approximately 5 million square kilometers in size.

The Power of a Computer and The Sun

A team of RESPECT volunteers comprising engineers, college students and non-profit organizers from around the globe researched solar cookers. For the sake of time, the group relied upon existing designs and ones that were not controlled by any patents.

After studying over 65 variations, they created a prototype. They were mindful of the West African climate: what kinds of materials were the most readily available and inexpensive in a specific country, and the sorts of foods and culinary practices in a particular area. After extensive research, the volunteers settled on a design and an ingredient list. Next, it was time to start cooking. Solar Success


2010-2011 Poster Contest Winners

RESPECT International is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010-2011 Poster Contest. The theme of this year's contest was A World Without War.

More than 150 participants, from China, Philippines, Thailand, and USA took part in the poster competition.

Non-refugee Winners

The judges for this year's contest were impressed by the more than 150 entries, making it very difficult to select the winners. We hope each student who entered the contest is proud of their outstanding artwork.

We are very grateful to this year's judges: Seth Alnwick, Shalla Alnwick, and Shalene Wallace, for their time and effort.

Larger versions of these entries, as well as the Honorable Mention entries, can be found using this link. (Note: This page contains large images that may take a significant amount of time to download.) Poster Contest

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