NetHope 2017 Device Challenge by the Numbers: One Year Later

By Lisa ObradovichThe 17 grantees who were awarded funds from the 2017 NetHope Device Challenge have been extremely busy since the project’s inception just over one year ago. From programs opening doors for deaf children in Pakistan to transforming the lives of refugees, NetHope is pleased to share updates from our Device Challenge grantees and … Continued

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NetHope Device Challenge Gold Star Award Winners Announced

NetHope 2017 Device Challenge grantees recognized for innovative application of internet-enabled devices By Lisa ObradovichNetHope is thrilled to announce the NetHope 2017 Device Challenge “Gold Star Award” winners: Mercy Corps and The Nature Conservancy.  These two organizations were selected to receive an additional $25,000 USD grant on top of the original funding they and 15 other … Continued

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Project Reconnect: Helping refugees rebuild their lives in Germany

By Sybille Fleischmann, Project Lead, NetHope – Project Reconnect“I am an Iraqi refugee, in Germany for two years and seven months. I regularly joined the study group (using Chromebooks at the library) in Bogenhausen, and was able to complete my language tests and the integration course. The language training at the computer was very useful … Continued

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Cellphones provide a lifeline for refugees

We all know that cellphones and the internet have revolutionized how we all perform our work and daily lives. But access to phones is also transforming the lives of refugees escaping war zones and persecution in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the Middle East.As the numbers of refugees entering Greece and the Balkan … Continued

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Creating a Roadmap for Aid in a Zambian Community

HumanitarianOpenStreet Maps (HOT) is one of 17 recipients of the NetHope 2017 Device Challenge. The collective impact of these projects is making a difference in communities across the globe.Most of us take for granted that Google Maps will accurately lead us in the right direction. But in many parts of the world, difficult terrain, remote … Continued

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NetHope Device Challenge: FESF Nominated for WISE Awards

UPDATE: It was announced on July 17 that WISE nominee FESF was awarded the 2018 WISE award detailed below. FESF’s approach was recognized by WISE for its tech-based solutions that provide access and improve the quality of education for deaf children in Pakistan. The award ceremony will be held in New York City on Sept. 22nd. … Continued

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‘You definitely need to have faith in your overall mission’

By Lisa ObradovichIn late January, I woke up to some long-awaited great news: Jean Marie Adrian, Program Director for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Niger, had finally received his 20 boxes of mobile phones. The phones, delayed by several months, were intended for use in CRS’s literacy intervention program, “Alpha a Base de Cellulaire” (Literacy … Continued

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Empowering at-risk youth with digital skills training

By Lisa ObradovichSagor is 20 years old, and is the eldest of five children. He lives in a small room along with his two younger sisters and two younger brothers in the Mohammadpur slum in Western Dhaka, Bangladesh. His family, along with 1,800 other people, share 12 common toilets.Four years ago, Sagor’s world was turned … Continued

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NetHope Device Challenge grantees share lessons learned

By Lisa ObradovichThe NetHope Global Summit never fails to be an inspiring week of great stories and collaboration. Presenting the results of the NetHope Device Challenge and facilitating a discussion among some of the 17 grantees was one of the highlights. NetHope was fortunate to have representatives from four grantees join us for a panel … Continued

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Device Challenge grantees share promising early reports

By Lisa ObradovichUntil recently, Samuel*, a driver for the Mugumu Safe House in Mugumu, Tanzania, had never used a smartphone or a map. “I had to rely on others to direct me to each village and sometimes we wasted fuel. Now I can find the way myself with this phone. I am very happy and … Continued

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