Jangala is a UK-based charity dedicated to enabling internet access for people in need of urgent humanitarian aid or longer-term development assistance.
The Jangala team has an extensive background in the humanitarian, internet and telecommunications sectors. We have been focused on the development of Big Box for over 3 years.
Jangala works with both grassroots organisations and large aid and development organisations.
For small grassroots organisations, we can often provide Big Box systems free of charge. We welcome applications from organisations with demonstrable experience in providing vital basic services to those impacted by natural or man-made disaster.
We are hugely grateful for the support of BT, CHK Charities, The Tedworth Trust and the Lenovo Foundation, whose funding has enabled us to develop the functionality of Big Box and ready the system for commercialisation.
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In September 2015, Rich Thanki, drawing on his experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, approached Nils and Jaz O'Hara of The Worldwide Tribe with a plan to cover the Calais Jungle with Wi-Fi. Jaz coordinated crowdfunding from the Tribe's community, and Rich and Nils began building the network. When the Wi-Fi was switched on just after Christmas 2015, it was used by over 5,000 people a week. In 2016, Samson Rinaldi joined the team and the Jangala team began developing Big Box as a cost-effective way of meeting the tremendous demand for internet access they faced.
In 2018, Jangala was formally established as a not-for-profit that develops low-cost, easy-to-use Internet access systems that can be deployed quickly in challenging emergency and development situations around the world.