Standing with refugees, today and every day

By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeToday is World Refugee Day. Today, like yesterday, and like tomorrow, 42,500 people will be forcibly displaced from their homes.It’s a staggering statistic, one that most of us are reading from the safety of our own homes. But every single one of those 42,500 people – and indeed, the nearly 60 … Continued

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Supporting refugees: It takes a village

By Frank Schott, Managing Director of Global Programs, NetHopeOver the years, NetHope, UNHCR and many international and local non-profit organizations have been working to support families that have been forced to flee their homes for safety in neighboring countries. In advance of World Refugee Day on June 20, we would like to recognize the amazing … Continued

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‘If I’m here, I want to learn something’

By Molly WelchWalaa looked relieved when he learned that I was American. In crisply articulated sentences, he said he’d been struggling to communicate with Brits that he’d met during his time in Greece. I tried to assure him that a few pieces of vocabulary aside (“trousers”! “boot!”), the two dialects weren’t so different – and … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Mohammad Abdul-amir

By Molly WelchFor Mohammad Abdul-amir, working with NetHope was an opportunity to help mitigate a crisis that feels personal to him.  “Fundamentally, I wanted to lend a hand in helping people,” he said. “In a small way, I can empathize: I understand what it’s like to be forced to leave a country that is inhospitable.”A … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Dominik Hetzer

By Molly WelchVolunteer support helps fuel our work at NetHope, and we’re lucky to have volunteer teams from our donor partners on many of our missions.Dominik Hetzer, a Solutions Architect at Cisco, helped lead our May deployment of eight networks in refugee camps across in northern Greece. For Dominik, who is based in Zurich, the … Continued

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Project Reconnect: Asylplus rolls out Chromebooks

By Sybille Fleischmann, Project Lead for Project Reconnect“Call me Thomas,” says Dr. Thomas von Rueden, shaking my hand with a grin. The fifty year-old man with gray-black curls leads the team of Asylplus, an organization that provides refugees access to education, and hopefully, to job prospects. While answering my questions, Thomas sticks a silver-gray adhesive label with … Continued

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‘We could all be refugees’

By Molly WelchThrough stories like Atallah’s and Shirin’s, we’ve seen firsthand how critical Wi-Fi can be in refugees’ lives. So much of the work our teams do to bring connectivity to refugees wouldn’t be possible without the support of the local communities in which we work, exemplified by partners like Ilias Papadopoulos and Nikolas Konstantinou.Ilias has … Continued

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World Refugee Day: The stories behind the statistics

By Kristin KalningOn June 20, we’ll mark World Refugee Day. It’s a day to acknowledge the millions of people who have been forced to flee their homes because of war, persecution and natural disasters. They are ordinary people: farmers and business owners and primary school children, robbed of their ordinary lives. Now they live in … Continued

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Communication Is Aid: Refugees Need Wi-Fi

By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeOn opening day at the Lagadikia refugee camp in northern Greece, the first Syrian families arrived tired and scared. Like millions of other refugees, they still faced uncertain futures. Wearing the weary expressions of people who have endured incredible hardship, the first question they asked the United Nations staff might seem … Continued

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Connecting with our global neighbors

By Madeline Kane“Marwah, Mufidah, Rafif, Nour,” Shirin names each of her children as she pats their brown curly hair. “Family,” she says in English. The canvas walls of Shirin’s tent shift and stretch against the wind, and the five press closer together.Shirin gestures toward the other children in the tent, who giggle as they clamber … Continued

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