Half the Sky Hope Phones Initiative

What if you could help change the world with your old cell phone?

 Through INTERWEAVE, HALF THE SKY SUMMIT & HOPE PHONES, you can!

Half the Sky Summit members Gloria Crum, Lili Hatman, and Leslie Carson prepare HOPE PHONES Collection BoxesHOPE PHONES is a campaign started in 2009 as an innovative way to fund the global efforts of Medic Mobile, a non-profit organization seeking to advance rural healthcare networks in developing countries by providing access to sustainable, appropriate mobile technology. Using basic phones, simple laptops, and free software called FrontlineSMS, rural health clinics can better keep track of patient records, enable mobile field diagnostics, and facilitate communication between community health workers, patients and the home clinic.

The process is free and simple; HOPE PHONES takes ANY phone, working or not, and does not require chargers or accessories. Its recycling partner erases all data using a certified and secure process, refurbishing the phone for sale or transferring its value to HOPE PHONES.  A smartphone is valued at as much as $80.00.

500,000 cell phones are discarded in the United States every day, polluting the environment with tons of plastic and persistent toxins like lead, nickel, beryllium, and cadmium. Cell phone recycling through Hope Phones reduces hazardous waste in our home communities, while providing a real public health benefit abroad.

By recycling just 1% of disposed cell phones each year, half a million health care workers in developing countries can be outfitted with new mobile technology, improving the lives of 50 million people. Just one donated phone can bring anywhere from 50-250 families onto the health grid.

HALF THE SKY SUMMIT has organized a HOPE PHONES drive to help you change the world by recycling your used cell phones. All you have to do is deposit those phones in the collection boxes located at Calvary Church in …………and at the Interweave Office. Jackie Shepard, the Summit High School sophomore and Half the Sky community ambassador who approached Interweave last spring seeking a community partner, successfully launched a HOPE PHONES drive at her school raising $700 in just four days!

Interweave’s HALF THE SKY SUMMIT, facilitated by Andrea Baykir and Melissa Baker meets on alternate Wednesdays at Calvary, please check the website for specific dates and times. Everyone is welcome!

For more information, visit: HopePhones.org and facebook.com/HalftheSkySummit

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