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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Faces of NetHope: Rami Shakra

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 — “Everything boils down to soft skills,” says Rami Shakra, NetHope’s Director of Field Connectivity. Rami meets new people effortlessly: He’s friendly, funny and, a deft … Continued

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‘I want to help children learn to read and write’

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 —  “Would you like a cup of coffee?” Donaje, 15, asked while I was working outside of her family’s room. Grateful, I accepted and was invited … Continued

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‘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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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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‘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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A day in the life: Installing Wi-Fi at a Greek refugee camp

By Ryan ChenEditor’s Note: Ryan Chen, a motion designer/illustrator at Google, was a member of the 11-person NetHope Team J deployment to Greece and its official mission storyteller.Installing internet to bring connectivity in camps is no easy feat. NetHope teams give 110 percent to the effort, and long hours are the rule, not the exception.December … Continued

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