Project Reconnect grantee receives prize for learning platform that benefits young refugees

By Theresa Ritzer and Sybille FleischmannEvery Monday and Wednesday afternoon, the Serlo Lab School in Munich opens its doors to students from the neighborhood. There, experienced educators and teachers-in-training offer  free math tutoring to high school students who need extra practice. Among these students are young refugees, who use the opportunity to catch up on … Continued

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Finding work a challenge for all millennials, including refugees

By Amanda Cupido, World Vision InternationalIt’s the classic “chicken or the egg” dilemma. What comes first: a job, so you can get experience? Or experience, so you can get a job? The average millennial knows this quandary all too well. According to No Lost Generation research, it’s also a concern for youth and adolescents affected by … Continued

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Refugee family: ‘Will we have Wi-Fi today?’

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.Kavala, Greece — A group of hopeful refugees gather around a NetHope team scouting a location for a new access point. “Will we have Wi-Fi today?” asks Salha … Continued

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Connectivity helps create safe space for women and children

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 — Children lie, giggling and wiggling, on the floor surrounded by paper and markers. They’re making art, an activity facilitated by Solidarity Now, a UNICEF Blue … Continued

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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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‘I would very much like to stay in Germany and have a job’

 By Sybille Fleischmann, Project Reconnect leadIn Leverkusen-Opladen, a small community near Cologne in Germany, employees of the Kolping-Bildungswerk training center help young refugees prepare for and find a job or apprenticeship in Germany. They offer German lessons, tutor the refugees in math and other topics, and arrange internships. Currently,  seven young men between 19 and 23 … 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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