NetHope brings critical connectivity to disaster response in the Bahamas

NetHope member the International Medical Corps’ effort helping the survivors of Hurricane Dorian were aided by connectivity assistance provided through NetHope and the government of Luxembourg. Photo courtesy IMC. By Susan Mangicaro, Emergency Response Team Lead, International Medical Corps Hurricane Dorian, which ravaged the Bahamas in September 2019, was the worst storm to hit the … Continued

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Disaster preparation depends on trained responders and proactive funding

Above: Setting up connectivity in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. Photo by Ivo Belohoubek. Disasters, just by their very nature, often take place with little to no warning. While this may be true, not only individuals but organizations can properly prepare for “the worst.” For NetHope and its nonprofit members, tech partners, … Continued

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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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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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