By Kristin KalningDagbjartur Brynjarsson (“Dag”) got the call to help NetHope on his birthday: October 7, 2015. His friend (and NetHope’s former Emergency Response Director) Gisli Olafsson, asked if he would be willing to help coordinate NetHope’s efforts to establish Wi-Fi connectivity for refugees arriving in Europe.“Gisli told me it would just be two to … Continued
By Marie McCoy-Thompson One of the newest member organizations of NetHope, the Norwegian Refugee Council has been advocating for refugee rights since its inception 70 years ago.Established in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II, the Norwegian Refugee Council provides emergency response and aid to those fleeing war and persecution across 30 countries. That aid … Continued
Wi-Fi helps refugees get connected to loved ones and vital information, but it also helps nonprofit organizations and NGOs working to help refugees, too. Here, Fotis Gkouzkouris, from the Greek Ministry of the Interior and Konstantina Gouti, of the Hellenic Red Cross, discuss how internet access is used to maintain patient records and communicate with services … Continued
Sophie Romana (left) and Shelley Spencer (right) report back from the June 8 high level roundtable organized by NetHope and USAID, which brought together mobile banking and gender champions to reflect on how Digital Financial Services (“DFS”) can galvanize women’s empowerment.Women’s empowerment is often measured by their access to resources and ability to make decisions over how … Continued
By Wieland Holfelder, Engineering Director at Google GermanyIn January 2016, Google and NetHope started Project Reconnect with the joint goal of providing refugees in Germany with access to online information and educational resources. To this end, Project Reconnect is distributing 25,000 Chromebooks to organizations working with refugees in Germany. Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, donated $5 million to NetHope for … Continued
On June 20, we marked World Refugee Day with a selection of content from our partners, volunteers and staffers. In each blog post, article and video, you’ll find a common theme: Connectivity is critical for refugees displaced from their homes. And, to establish Wi-Fi and charging stations in the places where refugees live, NetHope depends on the … Continued
NetHope staff, volunteers and partners have been working in Greece for months to establish Wi-Fi connectivity for refugees and the humanitarian organizations that help them. From Diavata camp in northern Greece, NetHope’s Kevin MacRitchie and Isaac Kwamy explain how Wi-Fi is used in the camps, and the partnerships that make it possible.