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21 Sep 2018 description
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ANNIVERSARY OF LAST YEAR’S HURRICANE HEIGHTENS PREPAREDNESS FOR 2018

The 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 hurricane season, which has already begun to assert itself.

12 Sep 2018 description
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By Marena Brinkhurst, Community Team Program Manager, Mapbox, and John Crowley, Director of Information Management and Crisis Informatics, NetHope

As 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 break a response operation. It needs to be accurate, up-to-date, and in a form that makes it easy for decision makers to see what is happening, where, and to whom.

06 Sep 2018 description
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“Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.”

– Max Mayfield, former Director of the National Hurricane Center

By Frank Schott, Managing Director of New Program Development

Almost one year ago today, Hurricane Irma smashed into the leeward Caribbean Islands of Barbuda, Saint Martin, Anguilla, and the Virgin Islands. In the days following the hurricane, NetHope and its members and partners responded to restore communications capabilities in support of recovery efforts.

24 Aug 2018 description
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While refugees seek economic opportunities, most financial institutions, whether local microfinancing organizations or traditional banks, are unwilling to serve refugees because they are perceived as too risky. But as refugees experience protracted periods of displacement—sometimes upwards of 20 years—the real need for economic stability and even growth becomes more pressing.

10 Aug 2018 description
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By Sybille Fleischmann, Project Lead, NetHope – Project Reconnect

“I am an Iraqi refugee, in Germany for two years and seven months. I regularly joined the study group (using Chromebooks at the library) in Bogenhausen, and was able to complete my language tests and the integration course. The language training at the computer was very useful for me.”

— Samer, refugee, Chromebook user

09 Jul 2018 description
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Ingolfur Haraldsson knew the look. He had seen similar expressions on the refugees streaming into Greece—they told of anguish, fear and uncertainty of what was to come.

22 Jun 2018 description
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As we observe World Refugee Day today, NetHope’s mission comes into sharp focus: To improve the human condition.

When NetHope considers the 65.6 million people around the world forcibly displaced from their homes—more than 22.5 million refugees, half of whom are children—there is urgency to this mission. We are reminded of what we all have in common. On the most basic level, these individuals have the same aspirations we all have for ourselves and our families: to live a safe, fulfilling life.

21 Jun 2018 description
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We all know that cellphones and the internet have revolutionized how we all perform our work and daily lives. But access to phones is also transforming the lives of refugees escaping war zones and persecution in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the Middle East.

10 May 2018 description
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By Frank Schott, Vice President of Global Programs

Today, NetHope joined the Clinton Foundation in announcing NetHope’s commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery. The announcement was made at a launch event at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. It’s inspiring to join others who are committed to this work.

28 Mar 2018 description
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By Theresa Ritzer, Project Reconnect

On the ground floor of the refugee welcome center in Potsdam, Germany, a small internet café invites residents to research or study online. The nonprofit organization, Refugees Emancipation, has installed internet access and equipped the welcome center, a big residential facility where refugees live when they first arrive in Germany, with Google Chromebooks received through Project Reconnect.

09 Mar 2018 description
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Every Monday and Wednesday afternoon, the Serlo Lab School in Munich opens its doors to students from the neighborhood. There, experienced educators and teachers-in-training offer free math tutoring to high school students who need extra practice. Among these students are young refugees, who use the opportunity to catch up on topics that were not covered in their schools back home, or that they may have missed during migration. All students use Google Chromebooks, donated by Project Reconnect, and online content and exercises from the learning platform Serlo.org.

02 Feb 2018 description

By Kristin Kalning

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. Casey Harrity, Hurricane Response Team Leader for Save the Children, deployed from Washington D.C. to the island on September 24.

12 Jan 2018 description
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Reconnecting Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Nethope and its partners have been working on (re)-connecting several thousand first responders and affected people to the internet across Puerto Rico. This allows non-governmental organizations as well as local and federal institutions to coordinate their response and improve the quality of their work in real time.

12 Dec 2017 description
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Reconnecting Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Nethope and its partners have been working on (re)-connecting several thousand first responders and affected people to the internet across Puerto Rico. This allows non-governmental organizations as well as local and federal institutions to coordinate their response and improve the quality of their work in real time.

08 Nov 2017 description
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by Sybille Fleischmann

22 Aug 2017 description
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By Forrest Wilhoit, Africa Broadband Coordinator

The Ebola crisis of 2014-2015 resulted in tragic loss of life across West Africa and caused massive global alarm. It also revealed the power of communications technology – and the significant problems that can result when communications networks fail during a crisis.