‘Information is like food’

By Madeline Kane“Information is like food here,” a Save the Children aid worker tells us. “All of the minors we work with use phones, and Wi-Fi is the only way they can connect with family and find out what will happen to them.”As soon as NetHope Wi-Fi goes live, refugees log on to search for … Continued

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‘For refugees, internet is a lifeline’

By Madeline Kane“For refugees, internet is a lifeline,” says Dr. Gundula Epp. Inside the German Red Cross tent at the Cherso refugee camp in northern Greece, Dr. Epp treats about 40 patients a day. The effects of trauma and stress can take a toll on refugees’ health, she says. “We see many women with three, four children, whose husbands … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: David Tagliani

By David TaglianiRelationships energize me. That’s why I love working with NetHope as an emergency responder.I came to work for NetHope in late 2014 while I was in West Africa with Mercy Corps. I had just finished my assignment when NetHope called about a project connecting relief workers in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. … Continued

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Wired, and ready to receive more

By Madeline Kane, Google.orgEmma Eggink, of the Starfish Foundation, has seen many thousands of refugees land on the north shore of Lesvos: “The first thing people ask when they arrive is, ‘Where can I get Wi-Fi?’” Seated at the Captain’s Table restaurant in Molyvos, Emma and I ordered a coffee and logged onto the NetHope network. … Continued

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A family waits to be connected — and reunited

By Madeline Kane, Google.org “Ahlan,” Shirin smiled, holding back the white canvas flap to her tent. We accepted a cup of tea and a seat on her spotless floor, welcoming a break from the midday heat. Then we listened as Shirin told her story.Shirin and her five children came from Deir ez-Zor, a Syrian city near … Continued

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‘Even the small things we do can improve their lives’

By Chris Nieckel I don’t often spend time on ladders in my normal job as a Site Reliability Engineer for Google Maps. That changed during my two weeks as a NetHope volunteer, and so has my understanding of how important connectivity is for refugees. As I read the news about refugees each day from my home in Zurich, … Continued

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‘Refugees need Wi-Fi’

By Kevin MacRitchieIn the refugee camp of Lagadikia, Greece, workers were unloading everything from toilet paper to fire extinguishers as the first Syrian refugees began to arrive. Alongside the UN and NGO workers who distribute basic supplies, the NetHope team and I were there to set up a free Wi-Fi network.Marie Beriot, who is the … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Kevin MacRitchie

By Kevin MacRitchieI spend much of my time in the field, whether I’m implementing connectivity projects around the world as NetHope’s Director of Global Programs for Connectivity and Infrastructure or I’m back home herding the buffalo on my Michigan ranch. Either way, I love working in tight-knit teams that make good things happen in challenging … Continued

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Connecting Syrian Refugees

By Frank Schott, NetHope Managing Director of Global ProgramsImagine fleeing your home. Your country. Your life.Now, imagine not being able to let your friends and family know that you’re safe. Imagine not being able to check the news, find local resources for food, education, health services and more. This is the reality for so many Syrian … Continued

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Matt Altman: Supporting Refugees with Wi-Fi

By Matt Altman, Cisco TacOpsThere’s nothing more rewarding than using my skills to help people, and that’s what I love about working with NetHope in my role on Cisco’s Tactical Operations (TacOps) team.TacOps specializes in providing free connectivity in places affected by disasters. We partner frequently with NetHope to install networks in places from Kenya … Continued

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