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: Day Three

Above: NetHope’s three newest nonprofit members include FUPAD, Operation Smile, and Right To Play. We’re excited to begin helping them advance their missions!9  Causes for Celebration By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeOur third day at the Summit was packed with opportunities to network, learn, and collaborate. With a plethora of break-out sessions, plenary sessions, informative vendor … 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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The Patterson Foundation contributes $75,000 to NetHope’s connectivity efforts for displaced Venezuelans

Above: Matt Altman of NetHope partner CiscoTacOps tests a connectivity hub installed in Colombia. (Photo courtesy Sean Taylor) Contribution intended to catalyze additional support for NetHope’s efforts For the past three years, Venezuela has hovered on the edge of complete breakdown. The situation has drained the country of about 13 percent of its 31 million … 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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Tools of the trade

Above: Bram Krieps (center) from emergency.lu helps simex participants set up a VSAT during NetHope’s recent Disaster Response Training.Disaster response today has tech at its core If you’re a firefighter, you need a hose. If you’re a surgeon, a scalpel. As NetHope prepares to help assess and respond to the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, we’re … 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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Learning from disaster

Above: Disaster Response Training participants must experience real-world scenarios, such as austere living conditions, as they learn both the technical expertise and the team-building necessary to deploy to disasters around the world. (Photo courtesy Jade Auer) Building capacity to enable preparedness The dry, rolling hills of summer-seared grass and clumps of low trees with spreading … Continued

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I am NetHope: The Patterson Foundation’s values resonate with NetHope mission

  The Patterson Foundation (TPF) looks to its values as its own North Star to strengthen people, organizations, and communities. Their values resonated with ours, and we were honored when TPF chose to invest in NetHope. TPF has played important roles, including catalytic funder, providing unrestricted funding to catalyze other donations during disaster response; capacity … Continued

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FINCA Tanzania uses digital technology to expand financial literacy

Above:  Finance is undergoing a digital transformation. This transformation is most palpable in emerging markets like Tanzania, where digital channels are providing many people with access to financial services for the first time. FINCA was one of 17 recipients of the 2017 NetHope Device Challenge which offered $5.5 million in funding thanks to a grant … Continued

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