Nonprofit Donates Phones to Wi-Fi-Dependent Refugees
Organization supplies prepaid cash cards and phones to those most in need
Digital Reliance is a Swedish non-profit organization aiming to supply mobile phones and SIM cards to newly arrived refugees through their Refugee Phones initiative. In today’s world, being able to contact a loved one to know that they’re safe is as important to some as having access to food and shelter. The Digital Reliance organization coordinates with phone manufacturers, service providers and volunteers, to collect and repackage easily distributable phone kits that are handed out to refugees, offering everything from electrical adaptors and chargers to full kits of prepaid smartphones and Wi-Fi access. By having a presence at train stations, airport terminals and refugee help centers, the Refugee Phone volunteers are able to give the phone kits out to refugees in need, as well as help them with assembly and phone settings. The initiative has, since its start in September 2015, given out over 4,000 smartphones and 7,000 prepaid SIM cards.