Global refugee crisis: Refugee turned humanitarian shares reasons for optimism

Conflict-affected youth in Lebanon interacting with and testing Hakeem chatbot in September 2018 (Photo credit: NRC)This month, governments, humanitarian organizations, the private sector, and civil society are convening in New York City for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. One of the pressing topics on the agenda is how to accelerate and expand efforts to deliver education … Continued

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Rebuilding lives a focus during World Humanitarian Day

Above: Rami Shakra (far right), NetHope’s Global Programs Director, Field Operations visits with a beneficiary family in Greece.NetHope and its network of 57 global nonprofit members and more than 60 tech partners respond to dire humanitarian crises around the world. During this year’s World Humanitarian Day (August 19), we continue to recognize the millions of … 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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Project Reconnect grantee receives prize for learning platform that benefits young refugees

By Theresa Ritzer and Sybille FleischmannEvery Monday and Wednesday afternoon, the Serlo Lab School in Munich opens its doors to students from the neighborhood. There, experienced educators and teachers-in-training offer  free math tutoring to high school students who need extra practice. Among these students are young refugees, who use the opportunity to catch up on … Continued

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Finding work a challenge for all millennials, including refugees

By Amanda Cupido, World Vision InternationalIt’s the classic “chicken or the egg” dilemma. What comes first: a job, so you can get experience? Or experience, so you can get a job? The average millennial knows this quandary all too well. According to No Lost Generation research, it’s also a concern for youth and adolescents affected by … Continued

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Kiron student: ‘My story is not set in stone yet’

Kiron Open Higher Education is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide refugees with the opportunity to get higher education. Kiron is a grantee of Project Reconnect, an initiative from NetHope and Google.org that provided 25,000 Chromebooks to nonprofits supporting refugees in Germany. Kiron makes the laptops from Project Reconnect available to students in … Continued

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Refugee family: ‘Will we have Wi-Fi today?’

By Kelli HoganEditor’s Note: Kelli Hogan, a marketing manager at Google, was a member of the 12-person NetHope Team K deployment to Greece and its official mission storyteller.Kavala, Greece — A group of hopeful refugees gather around a NetHope team scouting a location for a new access point. “Will we have Wi-Fi today?” asks Salha … Continued

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Connectivity helps create safe space for women and children

By Kelli HoganEditor’s Note: Kelli Hogan, a marketing manager at Google, was a member of the 12-person NetHope Team K deployment to Greece and its official mission storyteller.Drama, Greece — Children lie, giggling and wiggling, on the floor surrounded by paper and markers. They’re making art, an activity facilitated by Solidarity Now, a UNICEF Blue … Continued

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Refugee families long for a return to normal

By Kelli HoganEditor’s Note: Kelli Hogan, a marketing manager at Google, was a member of the 12-person NetHope Team K deployment to Greece and its official mission storyteller.Lagadikia, Greece — We met Mohammed as soon as we arrived in the camp at Lagadikia. He is an electrician by trade, and when the NetHope team began the … Continued

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