Refugee WiFi Greece

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Internet access has always been important for the refugees arriving in Europe from war torn Syria.
However recently it has become even more essential; all asylum applications have to be initiated via a Skype call.
For refugee with no internet access this is impossible!

There is hope though!

While this has been ongoing for a while we now want to share this with everyone; Disaster Tech Lab has been working with a UNHCR "connectivity coordinator" and a number of other organisations to plan the provision of internet access to the recently established refugee camps in mainland Greece.
There are a large number of locations and we have agreed to take on the ones in the Attica region.
This is a total of *17* camps of varying size.
Such a large number of locations brings significant challenges and we are addressing some of these by partnering with local, Greek organisations.
However in order to complete all the installation work and provide people on the ground to provide support for this network we need to recruit a significant number of volunteers who will be able to travel to and stay in the Attica region for at least a 2 week period over the coming 6 months.
In addition to this we will need to secure equipment and backhaul (internet access) to connect the networks in the camps to the actual internet.

Your help is needed!
We are a small non-profit and depend on support from donors to enable us to do our work. 
We have a track record developed during 6 years of disaster response work across the globe and we have been working on the Greek island of Lesvos for 9 months now providing internet access to two large refugee camps and a number of smaller locations.

Your support will make a difference so please donate now!

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, Greece, Ecuador and various disasters in the USA.

For more details please visit our website:
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Take a few minutes to watch our promo video!
During the recent installation of our WiFi network in Oinofyta camp North East of Athens we shot some video footage for our first promo video.
The video gives an impression of life in the camp, our work and the ways in which Disaster Tech Lab helps the refugees and the various NGO's and volunteer groups working in the camps.
We will continue to do so in 2017, not only in the refugee camps but anywhere on the globe where we can make a difference.
You can also make a difference by making a donation today!
Just follow the link and help us help others.
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UPDATE: Our WiFi network in Skaramangas camp (Greece) is up and running!
After having to wait nearly 4 months to receive official permission to carry out the installation work our team installed the first routers last week and in 3 days of hard work managed to complete the installation.
Skaramangas now has camp wide free WiFi.
We will be fine-tuning the service this week but camp residents have been connecting to the network within minutes of it going live.
If you want to support our ongoing work please make a donation today!
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It's been a while since our last update from Greece but a lot of work has been done since then.
The work in Oinofyta camp has been completed and the camps now has multiple sources of internet access.
There is outdoor WiFi and wired internet in the school and nursery.
Malakasa camp also has public wifi now with one outdoor access point installed and more to follow.
In addition to this we have restored service in Kara Tepe camp on Lesvos by building a new radio-link connecting it to our internet backbone on the island (the fastest refugee internet access in Greece!) and re-aligned some of the equipment thereby improving the service.

There is more to do though with the installation at Skaramangas camp starting this week and an upgrade of the network in Eleonas underway.

So as you can see we have not been sitting still and as usual we are counting on your support to enable us to continue our work.
Please donate and share the link to this page!
Thank you!
One of the DTL volunteers at work
Impression of Oinofyta Camp
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Work has been steadily progressing in a number of locations across Greece.
Some of the long running issues in Kara Tepe have been resolved and an extra access point added.
Our team there is today also finishing of the link to the university which will add a 500Mbps backhaul to the network (see picture below).
In recent weeks we have also started work in Skaramangas, Eleonas and Malakasa.
A additional shipment of equipment is due this week enabling us to extend a number of the networks.
During the coming month we also have 6 more volunteers arriving so that we can finish our tasks as soon as possible.
All this generates cost however and we need your continued support to enable us to do our work.
Please make a donation today.
Thank you!
Installation work for university link.
Cambium Networks shipment.
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Nefeli A
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Thank you - keep up the good work!

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