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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Refugee family: ‘Will we have Wi-Fi today?’

By Kelli HoganEditor’s Note: Kelli Hogan, a marketing manager at Google, was a member of the 12-person NetHope Team K deployment to Greece and its official mission storyteller.Kavala, Greece — A group of hopeful refugees gather around a NetHope team scouting a location for a new access point. “Will we have Wi-Fi today?” asks Salha … Continued

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Connectivity helps create safe space for women and children

By Kelli HoganEditor’s Note: Kelli Hogan, a marketing manager at Google, was a member of the 12-person NetHope Team K deployment to Greece and its official mission storyteller.Drama, Greece — Children lie, giggling and wiggling, on the floor surrounded by paper and markers. They’re making art, an activity facilitated by Solidarity Now, a UNICEF Blue … Continued

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Refugee families long for a return to normal

By Kelli HoganEditor’s Note: Kelli Hogan, a marketing manager at Google, was a member of the 12-person NetHope Team K deployment to Greece and its official mission storyteller.Lagadikia, Greece — We met Mohammed as soon as we arrived in the camp at Lagadikia. He is an electrician by trade, and when the NetHope team began the … Continued

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‘I would very much like to stay in Germany and have a job’

 By Sybille Fleischmann, Project Reconnect leadIn Leverkusen-Opladen, a small community near Cologne in Germany, employees of the Kolping-Bildungswerk training center help young refugees prepare for and find a job or apprenticeship in Germany. They offer German lessons, tutor the refugees in math and other topics, and arrange internships. Currently,  seven young men between 19 and 23 … Continued

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Women’s empowerment? Not without men

By Revi Sterling, Chief of Party, Global Broadband and Innovations AllianceThere would not be women on the web in Matete if not for the men.Matete is rural, in a county in Kenya that has enjoyed significant development attention. It is not very conservative, nor is it a place where women are absent from public life. Women … Continued

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