Social media call out helps re-connect rural clinic in Abaco

Above: Some the staff and volunteers of the Coopers Town Community Clinic pose with disaster response staff from Humanity First. (Photo courtesy Coopers Town Clinic) The area of Coopers Town, a small outpost at the north end of Grand Abaco in the Bahamas, is a tight-knit community with the Coopers Town Community Clinic serving as … Continued

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NetHope in the Bahamas to set up vital communications networks

Photo: Courtesy IFRCIf disasters teach us anything, it’s the importance of communications in their aftermath. As NetHope coordinates with Bahamian officials, UN agencies, our nonprofit member organizations responding on the ground in the Bahamas, and our tech partners, it is clear that getting communications systems back up and running in the islands is absolutely imperative.NetHope’s … Continued

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Mark Hawkins: “the engine that makes things happen.”

Welcome to the third in a series of profiles of NetHope members and partners entitled ‘I am NetHope.’ These individuals represent a broad spectrum of our member organizations, tech partners, and funders. They demonstrate the collaborative spirit that was the founding principal of NetHope 18 years ago, and continues today. They reinforce the concept that … Continued

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Center for Disaster Philanthropy grant drives information as a form of aid

Above: A naturalist teaches community gardening to residents of the Villa Calma II community in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Photo courtesy Internews by Mayra V. Martínez Noble. A key element of post-disaster recovery is coordinating the delivery of aid programs so that organizations can avoid duplication of effort and find ways to amplify each other’s … Continued

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Disaster response training course launched for Asia region

By Gisli Olafsson, Humanitarian Advisor, NetHope During the first week of April, NetHope conducted its inaugural disaster response training (DRT) course for the Asia region in Makati, Philippines. Thirty-two participants from 17 member organizations and three governmental organizations were given hands-on training in emergency telecommunication networking, wireless distribution, TV white space, installation of VSATs, alternative … Continued

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Reflecting on a new year and new hopes

By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeThis is the time of year when many review the past 12 months before we take a deep breath and dive into the next year. While it’s true to a large degree that our pasts color who we are—the actions we took, the decisions we made—and brought us to where we … Continued

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Reflecting on Hurricane Maria

Anniversary of last year’s hurricane heightens preparedness for 2018The effects of last year’s hurricanes are still reverberating throughout the Caribbean and Gulf Coast region. The roll call of the devastation was sobering but was a clarion call for NetHope and its members and partners to increase our collective efforts to be prepared for the coming … Continued

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Unlocking insights from data: Collaboration with private sector creates cutting-edge maps for disaster response

By Marena Brinkhurst, Community Team Program Manager, Mapbox, and John Crowley, Director of Information Management and Crisis Informatics, NetHopeAs humanitarian operations have become more complex, they require ever more powerful tools to coordinate dozens, hundreds, and sometimes thousands of NGOs and government agencies on the core mission: helping people in need. Information can make or … Continued

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One year later: Committed to Caribbean Disaster Preparedness

Above: NetHope’s Frank Schott, standing next to President Clinton, at the recent Clinton Global Initiative event.“Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.” – Max Mayfield, former Director of the National Hurricane CenterBy Frank Schott, Managing Director of New Program DevelopmentAlmost one year ago today, Hurricane Irma smashed into the leeward Caribbean Islands … Continued

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