year, HumaniNet has experienced ever more requests for assistance
with remote communications. No one else provides the service that
we do - an "information lifeline" for humanitarian and
In these challenging times, we are honored and excited to have
been able to help hundreds of dedicated people who work in incredibly
difficult circumstances. Here are a few of our partners:
pictured here with his family, is a manager and teacher with the
International Christian Academy in Cote d'Ivoire, Africa. Two
years ago, Mike was pulled from his car by armed rebels to be
executed. He murmured a prayer, ran for safety, and thankfully
"dodged the bullets" that were fired at him.
returning to Africa this year, Mike contacted HumaniNet to find
the best communications possible as he works to reestablish the
school and plant a church in Cote d'Ivoire. We helped him to procure
a satellite phone for personal safety and a satellite data terminal
for the school. Mike now can call for help should he, his family,
or his mission team be threatened.
Dr. Erik Bohler,
shown here with his wife Kristin in a village in Nepal, is now
able to email for medical consultations, order supplies, and stay
in touch with family using the RBGAN satellite terminal, the first
approved for use in Nepal.
Villages like the one where the Bohlers work are isolated from
all other medical assistance. People who cannot be healed in the
village are usually carried on the back of another villager for
three days or more to the nearest clinic. Being connected saves
lives in these mountain locations.
Alan and Abby are "MKs" - missionary kids - in a remote
part of Africa. Because of the security situation in their country,
we cannot state their full name or location. Their family is one
of many thousands who work in distressed parts of Africa, bringing
assistance in agriculture, health care, clean water, and more.
And above all, bringing hope.
With the assistance of their parents, Abby and Alan are taking
a home schooling course from a high school in the United States,
sending in assignments and receiving instruction over satellite.
Without the connection to the Internet, they would not be living
with their missionary parents.
has seen a surge in requests. We assisted several relief teams
with communications from the Sudan, where the Darfur crisis continues
to worsen. We helped a church group find the right satellite system
for a missionary in Siberia. The systems we researched continue
to operate in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some are in the South Pacific.
Last week, a missionary preparing for an agricultural training
mission to Mozambique told me that he had researched satellite
phones for months and was delighted that he found us, enabling
him to get a much discounted price and better service.
The Internet enables us to reach many people with current information,
but every aid manager and missionary has unique needs and should
receive the best advice possible. We provide that "information
lifeline" when they need help.
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