Designing Disaster: An interview with Gisli Olafsson

Gisli Olafsson (standing to right) is a Humanitarian Advisor at NetHope and has been responding to disasters for the past 25 years. He is the main designer behind the NetHope Disaster Preparedness Training simulation held in Panama July 18-28. Below is an interview where he explains his process for designing the simulation and the expectations … Continued

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Power of collaboration demonstrated during Disaster Training – Day 2

This is part of a series of posts occurring through the end of July as we track NetHope’s Disaster Preparedness Training occurring in Panama. Read the Pre-Training post here.So much of what the public hears about the big tech companies often focuses on the intense rivalries among them.But during NetHope’s Disaster Preparedness Training, taking place now in Panama, … Continued

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Be Prepared: Response Training Readies Responders for Disaster

NetHope will be conducting a Disaster Preparedness Training in mid-July. Visit our blog from July 18 to the end of the month as we provide updates directly from the field as this training unfolds. Interesting interviews with participants and trainers, photos, videos, and more will detail the work being performed by NetHope members and tech … Continued

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NetHope provides connectivity in aftermath of Guatemalan eruption

Guatemalan children affected by the eruption of Volcán de Fuego partake of the connectivity provided by NetHope in their temporary shelter location. Ingolfur Haraldsson knew the look. He had seen similar expressions on the refugees streaming into Greece—they told of anguish, fear and uncertainty of what was to come. Haraldsson, a communication specialist with NetHope, … Continued

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Connectivity Matters: NetHope opens the world in Northern Uganda

Hear Lillian, a 23-year-old South Sudanese refugee living in Uganda’s Bidi Bidi refugee settlement, as she shares her story of connectivity, as well as the stories of NetHope members and partners, in the video below. Creating connections is one of NetHope’s goals. By installing internet connectivity, NetHope helps global aid providers perform their work to … Continued

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Collaboration and Connectivity Are Keys to Refugee Response

NetHope, with its extended community of member organizations, tech partners, and governmental and funding entities, is connecting the world’s largest refugee camp in northern Uganda.As we observe World Refugee Day today, NetHope’s mission comes into sharp focus: To improve the human condition.When NetHope considers the 65.6 million people around the world forcibly displaced from their … Continued

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Cellphones provide a lifeline for refugees

We all know that cellphones and the internet have revolutionized how we all perform our work and daily lives. But access to phones is also transforming the lives of refugees escaping war zones and persecution in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the Middle East.As the numbers of refugees entering Greece and the Balkan … Continued

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The Arts as a Platform for Meaningful Participation for Conflict-Affected Youth

Defined Without Borders and Adobe’s Project 1324 Challenge Give Voice to Conflict-Affected Youth Being a teenager is a time of exciting new experiences, a time for exploration of new ideas, developing paths for creativity, and finding one’s place and purpose in the larger world.But for millions of youth around the world, that time is defined by … Continued

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Friendships forged, problems solved on ‘The Magic Terrace’

(Standing, left to right: Jason Hoac, Ron Snyder, and Matt Altman, from Cisco; Rami Shakra, Jose Arsenio Gonzalez and Eduardo Quiñones, from Cisco. Sitting, left to right: Ingolfur Haradlsson, Amanda Gonzalez, Ruth Graulau, Emma Gonzalez, Vanessa Molina, Gabriel and Cecilia Quiñones-Molina.)By Rami Shakra, Director of Field Connectivity During the initial weeks of NetHope’s Puerto Rico response, … Continued

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