Google offers refugees emergency online services and cash.
The European refugee crisis has prompted charitable donations from millions of people from around the world. Now Google is letting donors who gave through their site how the money is being used.
Google’s “Crisis Info Hub” is one outlet for the donations, according to CNN. The site is designed for use by refugees, many of whom rely on their mobile phones to gather crucial information.
The site lists resources where refugees can get food, shelter and other services. The project, a collaboration between the tech giant and the International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps, the site currently has information for Lesbos, Greece and plans to add other areas soon.
Google is also working with NetHope and the UN Refugee Agency on internet access in refugee camps and on access to cash for refugees in need. Google has also added Arabic to Google translate, which also now enables users to get translations from images taken with their mobile phone cameras.
Google grants disburse about $100 million annually for humanitarian aid, and another $1 billion in technology assistance. Technology and cash disbursements are among the most sought after contributions from the company, which is seen by aid organizations as a partner that can act more swiftly than governments or traditional foundations.