What nonprofits must learn from Amazon, Uber, and Tesla

By Lauren Woodman, CEOThis is the first in a series of blog posts that will explore the factors that drive digital technology and how NetHope will lead and support it.  When Amazon announced recently that it was buying Whole Foods, many marveled at how a company that started as an online book seller had become … Continued

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Poignant Google video highlights essential team member

“I never forget that I could have been in their position.” –  Ilias Papdopoulos, NetHope Refugee Connectivity CoordinatorBy Lauren WoodmanGoogle has been an important partner to NetHope for several years, and I can’t think of a better way to punctuate our World Refugee Day coverage than to thank Google for their recent blog post, and … Continued

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Microsoft volunteers turn out for World Refugee Day event

By Kristin KalningJune 20, Redmond, Wash. — It was 11:00 a.m. on World Refugee Day, and a large group had gathered around an expansive, window-lined conference room on the Microsoft campus. Inside, the tables were ringed with tidy, white Intel Education tablets, ready to be shipped to Greece.The devices, donated by Microsoft, are an integral … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Former refugee shares expertise, experience

By Kristin KalningLeila Toplic spent many years working in technology, first at Adobe Systems in Seattle, which she joined after graduating from Wellesley College, and then at Microsoft, where she spent 11 years. But Leila got her first taste of computers in a rather unexpected place: A refugee camp in southern Hungary, where she and … Continued

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Refugee used online education to accelerate resettlement

By Theresa Ritzer, Project ReconnectNoor Hakeem is excited to be a dad. Just a few months ago, he and his wife, Sumaya, welcomed their first child. Noor is also happy that he was officially granted asylum status in Germany. Together, Noor and Sumaya have built a new life: family, their own apartment, and a job.Noor … Continued

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Family reunification: 18 years of progress

By Frank Schott, Vice President of Global ProgramsIt was March 1999 and I was on an assessment mission at the Kukes refugee camp in Albania. Refugees had been fleeing Kosovo and the stress on the faces of the refugees that day was palpable. Some kids were playing with a ball, others sat silently under a … Continued

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