Providing critical communication to friends and family in Venezuela
Throughout the past few weeks, we have been working with Nethope to provide free Internet access to Venezuelan refugees at various hostels and points of assistance which are part of the Humanitarian Network between Cucuta and Bucaramanga.
The Colombian Methodist Church is an active member of the network, and we were delighted when we were approached by Nethope with their offer of free Internet connections for one year, free installation of donated networking equipment from Cisco, and free support to the sites. ICM's Chris Lacey joined the team in Cucuta to assist with the installations.
With the connections in place, thousands of walkers and migrants will be able to contact friends and family back home in Venezuela, to let them know of their safety and progress.
You can read more about Nethope's work in this area at https://nethope.org/2019/04/24/connectivity-for-humanity-efforts-aid-venezuelan-migrants-in-colombia/