Refugee Crisis communications.

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Disaster Tech Lab has decided to respond to the growing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean by deploying a team to the Islands between Greece and Turkey. These islands are being flooded by refugees from Syria and Afghanistan with thousands arriving every day. The infrastructure of the island is not able to provide for such a large number of people and impromptu refugee camps are springing up all over the place.

Our goal is to provide internet access and communication services to these camps as well as to other humanitarian aid organisations working on the island. The team will build public internet facilities which will serve as public information points as well as allowing the refugees to establish contact relatives and friends. In addition to this we will provide secure WiFi networks for other humanitarian aid workers to use.

Disaster Tech Lab is an entirely voluntary organisation. We’re based in Ireland but operate worldwide.
Our teams have deployed to Haiti, Philippines, Vanuatu, Nepal and various disasters in the USA.

For more details please visit our website: http://www.disastertechlab.org/
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Update 13
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12 months ago
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Update: We have started deploying to the Ritsona and Oinofyta Camps which are located North-East of Athens.
Ritsona camp already has an estimated 1500 people living in tents while the Oinofyta Camp is just being set up.
We have started work on a camp wide wifi network and as soon as this is complete we're also setting up an "internet cafe".
This facility is extremely essential as all initial asylum requests *have* to be made via a Skype call.
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Update 12
Posted by Disaster Tech Lab
13 months ago
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The recent agreement between the EU and Turkey on how to handle the refugee crisis has caused enormous upheaval.
Refugees are now forcibly relocated to closed camps in the North of Greece where their claims for asylum will be processed.
However no adjudicators have been hired hence there is stagnation and even the new camps are rapidly filling up to capacity.
The images show the large number of new camps and their occupancy levels. Quite a few camps are already well over capacity.
To address we have sent an assessment team to the area around Idomeni to assess the need for connectivity and to see how we can provide this most effectively.
Based on the assessment report received as well as data from the UNHCR and other NGO's we have decided to focus on camps in Nea Kavala, Polykastro and Cherso.
We will be shipping equipment from Lesvos as well as our depot in Ireland and are getting a team together to travel to the area ASAP.
Of course our work on Lesvos will continue as our network there is still getting lots of use and needs to be monitored and maintained.

In order to meet the funding challenge of the new camps in the North of Greece we need your support!
Please donate today and share this update.
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Update 11
Posted by Disaster Tech Lab
13 months ago
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Great news! We have received the green light on a new 500Mbps backhaul connection!
This connection is part of a partnership with the University of the Aegean in Mytilini that we have been working on for months.
The link will increase the capacity of our network *tenfold* allowing us to not only provide more connectivity but also better service. It opens the door to providing a whole new range of services to the refugees and, NGO personnel and volunteer workers.

With Greece pledging that it will house and shelter over 30,000 refugees in the near future ( http://bit.ly/1RwJb7u) we are set extend our network significantly. The new backhaul link is a great boost but we will also need to install a lot of new hardware. At the moment we have 29 wifi access points installed in 4 "zones" across the island. These zones are connected through a number of wireless links. To meet the expected need we will have to install additional hardware.
Please help us to do this by making a donation today!
We have a proven track record in completing projects and bringing much needed services.
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Update 10
Posted by Disaster Tech Lab
14 months ago
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Busy day yesterday.
Our local Greek (god) Nicholas worked together with Martin (who provided remote support) to address a number of outstanding issues.
Work has started on a new P2P link from our node near Kara Tepe to the telecoms mast on Profitis Ilias. One end and the link has been installed and configured.
The Mikrotik router at Kara Tepe has been reconfigured to forward all users to the Refugeeinfo.eu website.
Another P2P link from the Watertower relay to a location near Moria requiring internet access has been built.
Today we're working on addressing the issues with the Water Tower relay.

Please help us continue our work in Lesvos. 6 months of ongoing work is draining our resources and we need to raise additional funding to allow us to continue.
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4 228 € of 8 000 € goal

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good cause, good people

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The comma in the figures space above is confusing. Shouldnt it be a fullstop. I am only contributing 100 euros, not 100,00. Please get this money working quickly. Thank You.

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