Category Archives: My Stories

an angel on my shoulder

The adventure began when Kathleen from the GETHealth Summit told me we could take a bus to Ballygawley. She said it was near the small village of Glencull – the place my ancestors once lived. That Saturday, Robby and I … Continue reading

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This One Will Stay

Today I celebrate my friend Janni Snider’s birthday, and all she brings to the world. She wrote the following after a trip to Sierra Leone earlier this year, and shared it at United Methodist Communication’s chapel service. As Ebola strikes at the heart of Sierra Leone’s people and their resources, may God bless the world with more Jallos…and Jannis. Continue reading

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the light shines brightest…

This morning I had the chance to meet with a friend and her two children at United Methodist Communications about the difference solar power can make for parts of the world without electricity. Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Poverty

Speech given at United Nations, InfoPoverty World Conference, April 11, 2014: It is a privilege to speak here today at the 14th InfoPoverty World Conference. My name is Neelley Hicks, and I am the Director of ICT4D Church Initiatives at … Continue reading

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Skype by Candlelight

I regularly work with people who live in the Congo, even though I live in Nashville, Tennessee. Last week, I got on Skype at a scheduled time to meet with Betty Kazadi Musau. Just as we had planned, she was online and we began catching up on her work with a computer lab in Kamina. She mentioned that electricity was out, which shocked me – how could we be meeting without electricity? Continue reading

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If a tree falls…

In Mitwaba DRC, a tornado struck on Nov 19 and people have been suffering there without any outside assistance. Joseph Mulongo manages Friendly Planet Missiology and is crying out as loudly as he can for help. Continue reading

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One Response

As the traditional relief of food, clean water, shelter and medical care started pouring in, so have ICTs that power communications relief in connecting resources with needs and those who are hurting. United Methodist Communications is working with experienced relief groups who’ve responded in this way – NetHope, World Food Programme/Emergency Telecommunications Cluster – so the church can respond effectively to its communities – both in relief and recovery. Continue reading

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Where in the world is…

A couple of years ago, I saw the Curry-Stone Design Prize video on FrontlineSMS that depicted women documenting their harassment in Egypt by map. I thought that if FrontlineSMS and Ushahidi could be used in that way, it could also be used on a larger scale by The United Methodist Church to pinpoint churches, hospitals, clinics, schools, universities and other ministries outside of the U.S. Continue reading

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“You reached me where I was.”

Mobile phones seem to be everywhere in Africa, and they’re keeping people in touch with health, education, banking, and community empowerment. Continue reading

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It’s hard to believe I was really there…U.N. Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. I went there for the follow up meeting to the Infopoverty World Conference that took place in March, and was asked to be one of the presenters. My goal was to show how United Methodist Communications is using affordable, accessible and appropriate technology to improve communications in the developing world. Continue reading

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