‘If I don’t talk to my family every day, I can’t sleep at night’

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 —  Hussein,18, his mother, and his 15-year-old brother left Aleppo 4 ½  years ago. That was the last time Hussein saw his friend Lawan. Then this … Continued

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NetHope members trained in Malawi TV white space simulation

By Kristin KalningVinjeru Mumba had heard a lot about TV white space (TVWS) technology, which uses unused broadcasting frequencies to deliver broadband access. So in late March, he joined 21 others in Lilongwe, Malawi for a TVWS training and simulation.“The training I received was such an eye-opener, and there is much more to learn,” said … Continued

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One year later: Project Reconnect grantees connect in Munich

By Sybille Fleischmann, Project Reconnect leadIn the year since the first Project Reconnect grantees were selected, 24,000 Google Chromebooks have been distributed to nonprofits working with refugees. The laptops are in use at more than 900 locations across Germany. On March 17, 2017, representatives from these nonprofits met in Munich to share lessons learned and … Continued

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Farewell to a friend of NetHope

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOToday we pay homage to Pam Edstrom, a dear friend of NetHope, who passed away last week. Pam and her partner Melissa Waggener Zorkin (pictured together in this photo) founded Waggener Edstrom, now known as WE Communications. Pam was a pioneer in technology PR and was particularly instrumental in shaping the … Continued

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Digital Financial Services and India’s Emerging Middle Class

By Shweta Shetty, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP, and Nicholas Lesher, Payment InnovationsIn the digital financial services (DFS) sector, there is a recurring story told about India. It goes something like this: “There’s a huge market, with immense potential. India’s government is engaged, proactive, and willing to take bold steps. There is lots of activity, … Continued

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‘Everyone can learn at their own pace’

By Theresa RitzerNördlingen is a town of nearly 20,000 people in Bavaria, Germany. And its adult education center, called a Volkshochschule, offers basic German language courses for refugees. In these courses, students and instructors use 25 Google Chromebooks, received from NetHope’s Project Reconnect. The Chromebooks help deepen the lessons, and have become an integral part … Continued

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NetHope launches refugee education tech task force

By Frank Schott, VP of Global Programs and Leila Toplic, NLG Tech Task ForceWe are currently facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Over half of all refugees are children. After shelter and food, education is one of the highest priorities … Continued

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First-time student teaches others German

By Theresa RitzerSharare is 15 years old. Two years ago, she and her family arrived in Germany from Afghanistan, from a region where girls and women are denied access to education. After six months in Germany, she and her younger sister (both pictured above; Sharare at left) joined a “Welcome” class in Erding, a district … Continued

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‘I graduated from business school. Now I teach women German.’

By Theresa Ritzer, Project ReconnectIt’s been three years since Haxhere Salkurti and her husband moved from Albania to Gelsenkirchen, Germany – without speaking a single word of German. Today, Haxhere teaches German courses for refugees and uses laptops to make the lessons more interactive and fun. With the help of Google Chromebooks from NetHope’s Project … Continued

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We are passengers on the same planet

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOIt’s been a couple of weeks since I returned from the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. I generally try to share my reflections immediately, but I needed to shake off a cold and allow time to get some perspective. It was a frenzied week – the meeting … Continued

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