Skype has launched a new partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide a bespoke, low-bandwith version of the popular video-chat software, to locations serviced by UNHCR aid workers.
Skype will also be hosting a fundraising button where ordinary Skype users can donate money to support computer technology and education for those 43 million refugees who have lost their homes.
The new software has been tested successfully in Iraq, Sudan and Afghanistan and is now available to more than 1,000 staffers stationed in remote locations including Afghanistan, Algeria, Congo, Kyrgyzstan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Uganda. By the end of 2011, the aim is for Skype to be in at least 80% of UNHCR hardship locations and available to more than 3,000 staff members.
- Simply donate today to join Skype in supporting UNHCR these holidays. Your donation will help fund computers, teachers, training manuals and materials for students in new computer technology centres across Africa.
- Specifically for Africa
$25: Can help provide training manuals and textbooks for a classroom of students.
$50: Can help fund a teacher for one month.
*$100: *Can help purchase solar-powered computers for the new centres