I am NetHope: Angela Sousa

As the winds howled around her and the rain sliced down in thick sheets, Angela Sousa was understandably apprehensive. “As I prepared for Hurricane Maria,” relates Sousa, “I went over my list: food, water, medicine, check; lanterns and batteries, check; copies of personal documents, extra cash, and radio, check…Seeing my apprehension my neighbors said, ‘tranquila, … Continued

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The impact of connectivity affects humanitarians as well as beneficiaries

We know the incredible positive impact connectivity has on those directly affected by disaster and displacement. The stories of reconnection with family and friends, finding essential needs such as food and shelter, opportunities for employment, training, and education, and even the simple yet necessary need for entertainment and cultural connection, are important qualitative and quantifiable … Continued

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I am NetHope: Martin Mbalu

For Martin Mbalu the moment at the recent NetHope Global Summit 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico when attendees whipped out their phones to post #IamNetHope selfies resonated as more than just a slogan or a hashtag moment. As the Global Service Delivery Manager with Oxfam International, Mbalu has personified the spirit of the engagement … Continued

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NetHope Summit 2019: A post-Summit legacy in Puerto Rico

Above: Summit attendees working with World Central Kitchen during the NetHope Service Project Day. By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeEvery year when planning our Summits, we challenge ourselves to offer new, relevant experiences and opportunities for attendees. For this year, since we were returning to Puerto Rico, we decided to find some way to give back … Continued

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NetHope Summit 2019: Day Four

By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeAs I reflect on our week together at the NetHope Global Summit 2019, I leave inspired, energized and, yes, a little exhausted. I am sure you all share my sentiments. We’ve learned, we’ve shared best practices, we’ve networked, we’ve socialized, and we’ve had some moments of laughter and respite. Some of … Continued

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NetHope Summit 2019: Day Two

We are ALL NetHope By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeSeveral months ago Rui Lopes, a longtime NetHope member representative and CIO of HIAS, suggested that we start an #IamNetHope campaign to reinforce the concept that we are better together and that—when it comes to NetHope—it’s not just about what you gain, but what you give. This … Continued

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I am NetHope: Cait Campos

Those who have careers or volunteer in humanitarian work are often drawn due to an empathetic base that drives them to help. For some, like Facebook’s Cait Campos, this is also fueled through a personal, family history that spurred her to focus her efforts on helping migrants and refugees. Being the child of a family … Continued

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Greek engineers work to continue connectivity for Syrian refugees

Above: Syrian refugees utilizing a charging station provided by NetHope. For the past three years, Nikos Nassopoulos has seen the benefits that come with connectivity for refugees. As NetHope’s on-the-ground representative in Greece, Nassopoulos has supported the organization’s mission to continue providing connectivity for the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who still reside in … Continued

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I am NetHope: Farhan Irshad

Farhan Irshad, COO, HIASNetHope Board Chair A nonprofit board is part of the engine that drives the mission of an organization. The board sets direction and vision, as well as provides the underpinnings for the structure and value it brings. With that said, NetHope Board Chair Farhan Irshad could be considered the “steering wheel” that … Continued

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“I think of Venezuela as my country. It is my home.”

Above: Mats Ljung, of Sweden’s MSB organization, during a deployment. (Photo courtesy Mats Ljung) “I think of Venezuela as my country. It is my home.” These words personalize the experience of Mats Ljung on his mission to Colombia with NetHope to install connectivity for the hundreds of thousands of displaced Venezuelans flooding into the neighboring … Continued

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