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

By Lisa ObradovichNetHope extends its congratulations to one of the 2017 Device Challenge grantees, Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF), on receiving the prestigious World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) finalist nomination for its innovative and impactful approach to today’s most urgent education challenges.FESF was selected as one of 12 nominees from more than 400 applicants. … 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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