The Vodafone Foundation is deploying its portable mobile network in the largest refugee camp in Southern Sudan, an overcrowded temporary settlement that lacks basic infrastructure.
The network should enable aid workers in the Yida camp to better help its 70,000 inhabitants, as well as being used for free by refugees to contact relatives and to deliver education programmes to children living there.
The Instant Network weighs 100kg, fits in three suitcases and takes just 40 minutes to put together. It has already been used to provide communications during extreme weather events in Kaikor, Northern Kenya and in Davao Oriental.
The mission will also include an assessment of a larger permanent refugee camp to look at the potential for establishing an education centre for child refugees, where they will use tablets and smartphones to provide educational resources.
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