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RESPECT's Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about RESPECT

What is RESPECT's mission?

We are an apolitical, international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

RESPECT's goals are:

  1. To increase awareness of refugee issues among non-refugee students in participating countries.
  2. To build bridges between non-refugee students and refugee students through pen-pal letter exchange.
  3. To encourage students to act to raise awareness of refugee issues and to raise some funds for their refugee school.

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Of the funds RESPECT receives, how much goes to improving refugee awareness among non-refugee students?

All funds received by RESPECT are used in some way to improve refugee awareness among non-refugee students. This includes:

  • Postage to send letters from RESPCT headquarters to non-refugee schools.
  • Postage to send material to non-refugee schools.
  • Postage for Poster Contest related material.
  • When possible, assisting refugee schools with postage.
  • Hosting fees for RESPECT's website.

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You can make a donation through our Donation page or by sending a check or money order to:

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Are my donations to RESPECT tax deductible?

No. We are a non-profit organization, but we are not yet tax exempt. We are working towards becoming a tax exempt organization in Canada.

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How can I contact RESPECT?

You can contact our Founder and International Coordinator, Marc Schaeffer, by email, telephone, or mail.

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Does RESPECT have representatives in any refugee countries? If so, how can I contact them?

We have country coordinators in several refugee countries. They can be contacted by email from our Contact page.

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Where is RESPECT located?

We are headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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I'm a refugee. How do I apply for a sponsorship from RESPECT?

RESPECT does not provide financial sponsorship for refugees.

Through our volunteer efforts, we sponsor education programs promoting awareness of refugee issues among non-refugee students.

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I'm a refugee. Can you help me move to Canada?

RESPECT does not provide financial assistance for refugees.

We can help you contact refugee agencies and groups once you arrive in Canada.

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RESPECT has no paid positions. We are all volunteers, including our Founder and International Coordinator, Marc Schaeffer.

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Who is responsible for RESPECT's operations?

A Board of Directors, all volunteers, is responsibile for RESPECT's strategic goals and direction.

Our day-to-day operations are handled by our Founder and International Coordinator, Marc Schaeffer.

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