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The Impact of EKTA Foundation and Inveneo in Haiti

  1. Posted by Inveneo on September 18, 2010 in the categories: News, Projects, Relief

EKTA Foundation and Inveneo responded quickly to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Inveneo deployed long-distance WiFi networks to connect NetHope members and other humanitarian organizations to broadband Internet service in the immediate aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake. Here, Gary Shane of Save the Children explains our impact.

Growing Port au Prince’s Internet Network

  1. Posted by Inveneo on January 27, 2010 in the categories: News, Relief

In the past few days, Inveneo’s team in Haiti has achieved remarkable results. In the midst of the Port au Prince chaos, they’ve been able to deploy long-distance WiFi links between several NetHope member organizations, bringing high-speed Internet access – critical communication capacity – to relief agencies making a difference in Haitian lives.

Mark Summer and Andris Bjornson deployed connectivity to five sites for Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, Concern Worldwide, and CARE.


Long-distance WiFi links to relief

 

Direct, Immediate, Impact

Save the Children’s main office is a large site, bustling with activity – at least 200 people working in the compound, cars constantly coming and going, all focused on Haiti relief efforts.

With many local and international staff, almost all on computers, they were maxing out their current link and in desperate need for more bandwidth and a more stable connection. The new link deployed by Inveneo has improved the network significantly, making their efforts more efficient and effective.

Catholic Relief Services also had an influx of staff since the earthquake in order to provide relief work. They now have more then 100 users on their network, were completely tapping out their previous bandwidth, and their network was becoming unstable. Their new, stable Internet access gives them faster, better connectivity with staff, organizations, and resources.

With our previous connection to Concern Worldwide, we were then able to reach a second Save the Children location – it’s only a 400 meter WiFi link but there were trees in the way for other angles. Inveneo deployed a WiFi link to Save and their emergency response team of 25 people quickly jumped on the new bandwidth. Once we have increased Internet bandwidth, they will add more people to this network link, expanding their impact.

Amidst Destruction, Life Rebounding

Driving more around recently, we saw a lot of the earthquake destruction up close. In some places we saw a whole hillside with small houses completely destroyed. Opposite of the Catholic Relief Services compound, a brand new multistory building that was still under construction completely crumbled, a three story concrete spiral staircase sticking lopsided out of the rubble.

Yet there are signs of efforts to return to normal life in Port-au-Prince. The local garbage pickup service seems to be running again, at least in some capacity. Some shops are starting to open. According to a Haitian aid worker, there was very little traffic in the days after the quake. Now, most obviously, cars are back on the streets. Unfortunately, this means traffic is often a complete snarl.

In front of the NGO compounds, you see crowds of Haitians standing with their credentials in envelopes hoping for a chance to interview for a job. People are eager to find real work. At Save the Children we were assigned a helper – a young Haitian by the name of Peedra. He told me he just got employed last week, he used to work at a Cybercafe and was eager to help and learn – opportunity can sometimes arise out of unfortunate circumstances.

Help Expand Our Impact

Thanks to NetHope, the EKTA FoundationAruba Networks, the Orr Foundation, and Steve and Andrea Okay, we have support for our initial deployment.

We are making an appeal for donations to cover the quickly escalating costs associated with our expanding Haiti relief efforts. We want to reach more organizations with broadband Internet access, and when appropriate, build out local capacity of Haitian ICT companies.

Please consider donating to Inveneo using PayPal or Google Checkout below. Inveneo is a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. If you are a US resident, your donation may be tax deductible.

All donations through January 31, 2010 will be used only for Haiti relief efforts, including the project to get connectivity to the major NGOs in Haiti.

 


 

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You can make a donation through this Google Checkout link:

Donate via Paypal

You can make a donation through this Paypal link:

 

Donate via Check or Money Order

Or send a check to Inveneo:

      Inveneo
      972 Mission Street, Fifth Floor
      San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

Growing Port au Prince's Internet Network

  1. Posted by sguser on January 27, 2010 in the categories: News, Relief

In the past few days, Inveneo’s team in Haiti has achieved remarkable results. In the midst of the Port au Prince chaos, they’ve been able to deploy long-distance WiFi links between several NetHope member organizations, bringing high-speed Internet access – critical communication capacity – to relief agencies making a difference in Haitian lives.

Mark Summer and Andris Bjornson deployed connectivity to five sites for Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, Concern Worldwide, and CARE.


Long-distance WiFi links to relief

 

Direct, Immediate, Impact

Save the Children’s main office is a large site, bustling with activity – at least 200 people working in the compound, cars constantly coming and going, all focused on Haiti relief efforts.

With many local and international staff, almost all on computers, they were maxing out their current link and in desperate need for more bandwidth and a more stable connection. The new link deployed by Inveneo has improved the network significantly, making their efforts more efficient and effective.

Catholic Relief Services also had an influx of staff since the earthquake in order to provide relief work. They now have more then 100 users on their network, were completely tapping out their previous bandwidth, and their network was becoming unstable. Their new, stable Internet access gives them faster, better connectivity with staff, organizations, and resources.

With our previous connection to Concern Worldwide, we were then able to reach a second Save the Children location – it’s only a 400 meter WiFi link but there were trees in the way for other angles. Inveneo deployed a WiFi link to Save and their emergency response team of 25 people quickly jumped on the new bandwidth. Once we have increased Internet bandwidth, they will add more people to this network link, expanding their impact.

Amidst Destruction, Life Rebounding

Driving more around recently, we saw a lot of the earthquake destruction up close. In some places we saw a whole hillside with small houses completely destroyed. Opposite of the Catholic Relief Services compound, a brand new multistory building that was still under construction completely crumbled, a three story concrete spiral staircase sticking lopsided out of the rubble.

Yet there are signs of efforts to return to normal life in Port-au-Prince. The local garbage pickup service seems to be running again, at least in some capacity. Some shops are starting to open. According to a Haitian aid worker, there was very little traffic in the days after the quake. Now, most obviously, cars are back on the streets. Unfortunately, this means traffic is often a complete snarl.

In front of the NGO compounds, you see crowds of Haitians standing with their credentials in envelopes hoping for a chance to interview for a job. People are eager to find real work. At Save the Children we were assigned a helper – a young Haitian by the name of Peedra. He told me he just got employed last week, he used to work at a Cybercafe and was eager to help and learn – opportunity can sometimes arise out of unfortunate circumstances.

Help Expand Our Impact

Thanks to NetHope, the EKTA FoundationAruba Networks, the Orr Foundation, and Steve and Andrea Okay, we have support for our initial deployment.

We are making an appeal for donations to cover the quickly escalating costs associated with our expanding Haiti relief efforts. We want to reach more organizations with broadband Internet access, and when appropriate, build out local capacity of Haitian ICT companies.

Please consider donating to Inveneo using PayPal or Google Checkout below. Inveneo is a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. If you are a US resident, your donation may be tax deductible.

All donations through January 31, 2010 will be used only for Haiti relief efforts, including the project to get connectivity to the major NGOs in Haiti.

 


 

Donate via Google Checkout

You can make a donation through this Google Checkout link:

Donate via Paypal

You can make a donation through this Paypal link:

 

Donate via Check or Money Order

Or send a check to Inveneo:

      Inveneo
      972 Mission Street, Fifth Floor
      San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

Creating WiFi Links to Save Lives in Haiti

  1. Posted by Inveneo on January 22, 2010 in the categories: News, Relief

Today’s Status

This morning, Inveneo’s team on the ground in Haiti, CIO Mark Summer and Engineer Andris Bjornson, started deploying the first of 15 long-distance WiFi Internet links for NetHope partner organizations across Port au Prince.


Long-distance WiFi links to relief

They started by connecting an Inveneo R4 Hub Server to the VSAT satellite Internet downlink from ITC Global, and installing a local access point for the CHF International headquarters.

Then they created two long-distance WiFi links from the headquarters of CHF International, to two different offices of Save the Children in Port au Prince. The first link was around 2.5 kilometers long. Later this afternoon they established a third link to the offices of Catholic Relief Services.

This is the start of the network we plan to establish within the next two weeks. The final result will be a redundant, high-speed Internet connection shared via long-distance WiFi antennas with 15-20 NetHope member agencies. This new connectivity will open the flow of information within and among agencies and speed the delivery of critical relief services.

The Need is Great

This communication network cannot come fast enough for the people of Haiti. Here is Mark Summer’s description of Port au Prince he’s seen while driving between WiFi installations:

Driving around you see many collapsed or significantly damaged buildings, often right next to completely intact ones. Here in the hills the damage is significantly less then down in the center of PaP where in it seems that in many areas more then 50% of the buildings are gone or beyond repair.

We’ve seen buildings that have had two or three stories and now no higher then 5 feet of the ground – it seems as if walls just turned into sand…

Many Haitians now live in parks, parking lots or simply in the street (often a whole road is closed because people now live it in) under tarps or in tents. You see people bathing on the side of the road, cooking in the street or parking lots etc.

Currently the weather is very pleasant warm (in the 80s) but not too humid in the day and a nice cooling off in the evenings but not too cold. Once it starts to rain here things will be decidedly more unpleasant for the people living in the parks, streets and back yards.

Expanding Our Impact

We’ve already received requests for assistance from other organizations in Haiti (ICT Request Form). As we gain a better understanding of local conditions and local partner resources, we hope to expand our impact and establish lasting ICT capacity in Haiti. We still have the long-term goal to expand our innovative technology model into the country.

In these efforts, we’d love for you to stay involved. You can follow us in real-time via RSSTwitterFacebook, or Youtube.

How you can help

NetHope has agreed to provide funds to cover the cost of equipment and the EKTA Foundation has generously supported the initial deployment. We are making an appeal for donations to cover the quickly escalating costs associated with our Haiti relief efforts.

Please donate to Inveneo using PayPal or Google Checkout below. Inveneo is a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. If you are a US resident, your donation may be tax deductible.

All donations through January 31, 2010 will be used only for Haiti relief efforts, including the project to get connectivity to the major NGOs in Haiti.

 


Donate via Google Checkout

You can make a donation through this Google Checkout link:

Donate via Paypal

You can make a donation through this Paypal link:

Donate via Check or Money Order

Or send a check to Inveneo:

      Inveneo
      972 Mission Street, Fifth Floor
      San Francisco, CA 94103 USA