NetHope Takes Connectivity to a New Level

Posted on August 07, 2020 by Michael Corley, consultant with The Patterson Foundation
Who would have known that The Patterson Foundation’s August 2019 investment supporting NetHope’s building of Wi-Fi hotspots along the route used by Venezuelan migrants would become even more important?

Who would have known that TPF’s March 2020 investment into NetHope’s COVID-19 response to its members would leverage the August 2019 investment?

Sometimes it is interesting how things work out.

As described in this blog by NetHope, the impact of COVID-19 on the migrants fleeing from Venezuela is serious and has become more complicated by the fact that NetHope’s member organizations have had to transition to working remotely. Fortunately, NetHope has been able to help by helping its member organizations deliver needed relief by providing information and organizational connectivity. NetHope’s team uses its expertise in communication technology to allow for the flow of information among NGOs in remote areas, and this is possible because NetHope maintains organizational relationships based on trust. Both are critical for allowing NGOs to provide support and assistance to those in need.

Simultaneously, NetHope has been working with its members to explore and understand remote working, supply channel management, and information sharing during a pandemic. These are all critical topics to ensure continuity in NGO operations.

Two independent investments are coming together to improve outcomes. Who would have known?

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