It has been such an exciting couple of months for Hello World. Our team has returned to Nakivale refugee settlement where they helped five communities build their own Hello Hubs. The Hubs are already providing real impact. Between them, these Hubs will connect over 6000 people to the internet and digital education.
The recent round of builds contained the first Hello Hub built in partnership with abrdn. The community at Kashojwa, a small fishing village near Nakivale, is the first to benefit from arbdn’s enormous support for Hello World.
Our work has shown us time and time again how invaluable local knowledge is when it comes to revealing and resolving problems. We are also acutely aware of the transformative impact that technology can have in a community - not the flashy toys that are created by tech billionaires for the 1%, but simple, basic equipment. We see this sort of technology as a tool that should be made available to everyone, ignoring the rush for ever more sophisticated, competitive and quirky devices. The climate crisis presents an undeniable argument for keeping overconsumption in check. Tech won’t save the world but, when designed and used appropriately, it can be an invaluable tool in isolated communities.
This is why we are launching Hello World Labs, a community-focused engineering initiative which is dedicated to producing technology that will meet the needs of our communities. We are helping disconnected communities build appropriate, practical solutions, using as many of the resources that are already available and relying on local knowledge and expertise. You can find out more about Hello World Labs here.
I was delighted to talk to Jo Baring for the Women of the year podcast; The Extraordinary Ordinary.
It was great to talk freely about the pressures of running an ambitious and growing organisation and of balancing that (successfully and unsuccessfully) with family life. People are often surprised to find out that my husband is perfectly capable of looking after our four children, all at once (of course he is) and equally surprised to hear that I have a career alongside my family (of course I do).