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
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
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
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
By Madeline Kane, Google.org When the internet connection went live in the Cherso refugee camp, Atallah was the first resident to thank the NetHope team. “I had not talked to my daughter in two years,” says Atallah, who is 74. With a solid internet connection, he can now call her via Skype. Atallah is alone … Continued
This fall, as NetHope’s work with refugees fleeing Syria began, we were fortunate to enjoy the talents of Icelandic search and rescue professional and photographer, Sigurður Ólafur Sigurðsson. We are so excited to share with you this compelling interview about his experience!