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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Young refugee is eager to learn, and give to others

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.Mirwais Mohammadi has a spring to his step and an energy that is contagious. At 17 ½, he has the wisdom, leadership, and maturity of a man twice … Continued

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Strong Wi-Fi keeps refugee family connected

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.As soon as I stepped out of our van at the Andravida camp, I was greeted by several Syrian refugees. Ahmad Berajekly was one of those curious onlookers. … Continued

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Wi-Fi kits help NetHope team speed up vital connectivity for refugees

By Ryan ChenEditor’s Note: Ryan Chen, a motion designer/illustrator at Google, is a member of the 11-person NetHope Team J deployment to Greece and its official mission storyteller.When deploying Wi-Fi kits in the field, time is of the essence. Every refugee camp in Greece is different, and each has its own set of logistical challenges. … Continued

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Project Reconnect: An Eritrean carpenter
begins a new life in Germany

By Sybille FleischmannIn 2011, Ibrahim Mohamed Saeid was working as a carpenter in Eritrea when the police suddenly appeared at his workplace to arrest him. Saeid’s brother, who had received a scholarship to study in India, had left Eritrea without permission, which, in turn, left his family vulnerable to punishment. And though he had committed … Continued

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An unforgettable dinner at Diavata camp

By Kevin MacRitchie At NetHope, we believe in the power of technology to connect people. But last week, at the Diavata refugee camp, we saw that power extend beyond the virtual world, and into the real world.  Earlier in the week, I was approached by a Syrian tribal elder, who told me that he wished to co-host … Continued

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Video: Wi-Fi aids Hellenic Red Cross at Diavata camp

Wi-Fi helps refugees get connected to loved ones and vital information, but it also helps nonprofit organizations and NGOs working to help refugees, too. Here, Fotis Gkouzkouris, from the Greek Ministry of the Interior and Konstantina Gouti, of the Hellenic Red Cross, discuss how internet access is used to maintain patient records and communicate with services … Continued

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