Microsoft volunteers turn out for World Refugee Day event

By Kristin KalningJune 20, Redmond, Wash. — It was 11:00 a.m. on World Refugee Day, and a large group had gathered around an expansive, window-lined conference room on the Microsoft campus. Inside, the tables were ringed with tidy, white Intel Education tablets, ready to be shipped to Greece.The devices, donated by Microsoft, are an integral … Continued

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Faces of NetHope: Former refugee shares expertise, experience

By Kristin KalningLeila Toplic spent many years working in technology, first at Adobe Systems in Seattle, which she joined after graduating from Wellesley College, and then at Microsoft, where she spent 11 years. But Leila got her first taste of computers in a rather unexpected place: A refugee camp in southern Hungary, where she and … 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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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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