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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IT professional learns first-hand the benefits of membership through Disaster Response Training

Above: NetHope trainer Ingo Haraldsson explains solar energy solutions to trainees during the NetHope Africa region Disaster Response Training held in Uganda in November.By Emmanuel Mpango, World Vision Malawi I first heard of NetHope when I joined World Vision Malawi in 2015. As World Vision Malawi’s (WV) IT Infrastructure and Networks Administrator, my role encompasses … Continued

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Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance progresses digital inclusion in rural areas around the globe

The Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance (GBI) is a 10-year cooperative agreement between NetHope and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). GBI leverages new and existing technologies to support socioeconomic development in USAID-priority countries through (1) extending the reach of broadband internet access, including enhanced mobile networks, into more remote and rural areas; and … 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: 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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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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NetHope assesses power and connectivity needs in wake of Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian has already had devastating effects on the islands of Bahama and its lingering presence may have further impacts. NetHope continues its commitment to the South Atlantic and Caribbean regions, creating connectivity and temporary power solutions for the responders and affected communities.NetHope has sent a team to the Bahamas to consult with the government, … 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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