I4H HISTORY

Founding 1998

Founding 1998

Internet for Humanity (formerly Radio-E-Mail Connections Unlimited – REMCU) began as a dream of Nzolantima Swasisa (Nzola), when he was working for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) in his native land of Democratic Republic of Congo.  Nzola shared his dream with Robert Porter in Luanda, Angola in 1996, where they were both associated with MAF.  When Nzola came to Victoria in 1998 to study electronics, they renewed their friendship and the dream to extend e-mail communications to the farthest reaches of undeveloped Africa.

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Finding Funding 2003

Finding Funding 2003

Rob & Nzola were sponsored by Rotary Club of Calgary South for installation of a demonstration HF-Radio-E-Mail system for remote medical clinics operated by Zambia Flying Doctor Service (ZFDS). The HF-Radio system worked well, but the connection to internet proved difficult.

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HF Radio Email System 2007

HF Radio Email System 2007

Internet for Humanity operated an HF-Radio-E-Mail system with base at ZFDS, and remote sites throughout Zambia and Mozambique. Several lives were directly saved during a major flood on the Zambezi River at the town of Sena, Mozambique.

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New Partnerships 2009

New Partnerships 2009

▪ Cell-phone networks started gaining traction in Africa. Internet data via cell-phone modem was 10 times faster than HF-Radio, and the modems were 20 times cheaper. This combination rendered HF-Radio-E-Mail obsolete. ▪ Internet for Humanity entered an agreement with Global Marine Networks (GMN) to distribute GMN’s highly compressed/optimized e-mail and web-browsing programs (XGate and XWeb) to humanitarian beneficiaries.

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Meeting Robert Tabula 2011

Meeting Robert Tabula 2011

William Ashe, of LifeWater International, approached Internet for Humanity to install a demonstration e-mail system at schools and a farmers’ co-op in Uganda. At the first School, Rob met Robert Tabula, the computer instructor, who is an instrumental part of Internet for Humanity Uganda.

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Computer Lab Installation 2015

Computer Lab Installation 2015

Internet for Humanity has installed more than 15 mini-computer labs at schools and farmer co-ops. These internet cafes offer both e-mail and web browsing. At the schools, Robert Tabula institutes research progects between groups of students at partner schools. At the farmer co-ops, he trains local administrators to operate the systems, by doing 3 things: – effectively market the farmers’ produce – diagnose and treat crop diseases – train farmers to become computer literate

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Officially Became Internet for Humanity 2016

Officially Became Internet for Humanity 2016

▪ Recognizing the name REMCU was no longer appropriate, we formally changed our name to Internet For Humanity Society ▪ Installed 4 new systems: our 4th High School, 1st Medical Clinic, 5th Farmer Co-op & 1st Credit Union ▪ Total of 11 Operating Systems

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New Additions 2017

New Additions 2017

▪ I4H added 4 sites: 3 pharmacies who supply medications at below-market rates to medical clinics who serve low income patients, a second Medical Clinic specializing in serving low-income patients ▪ Total of 15 Operating Systems

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Continued Expansion 2018

Continued Expansion 2018

▪ Evolution of candidate-evaluation results in much lower “installation attrition” ▪ 3 new sites installed; all in rural areas. 5th High School, 6th Farmers Co-op, 2nd Credit Union, ▪ Total of 18 operating systems, including 2 medical clinics & 3 pharmacies ▪ Development and initial installation/testing of Ultra-low-cost Bulk SMS system for I4H clients Sends critical information to school parents, medical patients, & co-op members

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Progress to Date 2019

Progress to Date 2019

▪ 8 new rural sites installed 4 High Schools, 3 Vocational Training Schools, 1 Farmer Co-op ▪ bringing total operating sites to 26: 9 High Schools, 3 VoTech Schools, 2 Med Clinics, 3 Pharmacies, 7 Farmer Co-ops, 2 Credit Unions ▪ Bulk SMS system performing well for Beneficiary Clients

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