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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Project Reconnect: An update from Google Germany

By Wieland Holfelder, Engineering Director at Google GermanyIn January 2016, Google and NetHope started Project Reconnect with the joint goal of providing refugees in Germany with access to online information and educational resources. To this end, Project Reconnect is distributing 25,000 Chromebooks to organizations working with refugees in Germany. Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, donated $5 million to NetHope for … Continued

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World Refugee Day, in review

On June 20, we marked World Refugee Day with a selection of content from our partners, volunteers and staffers. In each blog post, article and video, you’ll find a common theme: Connectivity is critical for refugees displaced from their homes. And, to establish Wi-Fi and charging stations in the places where refugees live, NetHope depends on the … Continued

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Video: NetHope from Greece, on World Refugee Day

NetHope staff, volunteers and partners have been working in Greece for months to establish Wi-Fi connectivity for refugees and the humanitarian organizations that help them. From Diavata camp in northern Greece, NetHope’s Kevin MacRitchie and Isaac Kwamy explain how Wi-Fi is used in the camps, and the partnerships that make it possible. 

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