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G1G1 2008 : give a laptop, change the world
Monday October 06th 2008, 8:56 am
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One Laptop per Child is launching its second Give One/Get One (G1G1) program on November 17, 2008.  Last year’s program supported the production of over 150,000 XOs.  This year the delivery of the laptops in the USA will be handled through Amazon.com.

The laptops will run the latest release of Sugar on a Linux-based Fedora Core operating system. (It will not dual-boot Windows and Linux, contrary to some reports.) For answers to frequently asked questions, and for other XO giving programs, see XO giving and the G1G1 FAQ.

== Details ==

This year’s Give One/Get One campaign will begin in November and will become an on-going program. Amazon will distribute the “get” laptops and are providing their services at cost. You can see the developing OLPC storefront at http://laptop.org/xo. The program details will be similar to those from last year:

$199 to give a laptop to a child in the developing world.
and/or
$399 to give a laptop to a child in the developing world and get a laptop.

The tagline for the campaign is “Give a Laptop. Get a Laptop. Change the World.” We are focusing on sharing images and experiences from members of gen-XO, particularly from OLPC’s largest deployments.
Media and other material to help spread the word are available from our community media page and our Flickr stream.

This time last year, we did not yet know how our young project would fare under the demands and needs of large deployments. Today there are hundreds of thousands of children using their XOs every day, including over a quarter of all young students in Uruguay.  Roughly twenty thousand students from Uruguay alone visit our wiki each week.  Meanwhile, Peru is distributing XOs to over 10,000 schools.

My Other Laptop Is In Rwanda

You can help spread the word. We will be making a big splash on Nov 17 with PR and advertising to run in donated media across all media platforms: TV, Cinema, Radio, Print, Out of Home and online, and advertising will run through Dec 26, for the holiday giving season.

We want to supplement that with personal outreach over local community and social benefit groups interested in changing education and addressing the root causes of poverty around the world. Help us identify groups to contact.  G1G1 is an opportunity for us to forge new alliances and seed new educational initiatives, at home and abroad.

Deployment in Rwanda

We are setting up a separate mailing list for people who want to be reminded when it launches.   For the moment, please watch this page for updates: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/G1G1_2008

== Spread the word! ==

Join our community mailing list,  grassroots at lists.laptop.org, to discuss new ideas for spreading the word about the campaign, and to request materials for local outreach efforts.

Some ongoing projects that need help:

* Social site updates — Facebook, Twitter, MySpace : there are OLPC accounts on many of these sites which need maintenance and regular updating. For instance some 2007-era badges and promotions need to be updated to link to the Amazon site.

* Blog updates — the relaunch of the campaign will not begin in earnest for a few weeks, but many people will want to know in advance.  There are already discussion threads about G1G1 in the blogosphere in a few countries.

* Art projects — projects on deviantart, Flickr, and more. OLPC thrives on expressions of its cause and mission that do not rely on words; art is a universal language that speaks in ways that advertising spots can not. The design gang is helping to make great designs for web badges, swag and the OLPC sites, many of which are being revamped. We may also need material in specific sizes/formats for non-standard donated media (see below).

* Donated media — OLPC does not have an advertising budget, but relies on donated media.  OLPC’s advertising partners can however provide materials for any media outlets. If you have a friend who works at a magazine, TV network, or subway tunnel wall-space agency, or just has  badge or ad-space on their blog, ask them if they will run a G1G1 ad.  You can post potential leads on the discussion page, or send serious ones to  g1g1 at rt.laptop.org .

* Media concepts — Nothing is impossible. Ideas that take longer to create can be used when we launch similar programs in other parts of the world in the near future.


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our son bought the program last year for his 3 year old, loves it so much we will be buying one for a granddaughter this year. we’ve seen the program on 60 Minutes, have all the admiration in the world for the developer.

Comment by Donna 11.14.08 @ 9:09 pm

one laptop went to austria yo my grandson, the other went to North Las Vegas to my “foster grandsons” who have used it daily. just wish one could save school assignments to a flash drive… has anyone been able to do this?????/

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I just heard you on Air America. I love this idea so much, I wish I could buy dozens! I would like to see this done for US kids in poor areas, too. Could an elderly person use the computer or is it pretty much just for children? Can it access the internet? Is there StarOffice or another Office-type program? Where do I find info about the computer itself? THANK YOU for caring!

Comment by Chris 11.15.08 @ 7:12 pm

Hardware question– are there improvements from last year?

W

Comment by Waldo 11.15.08 @ 7:40 pm

I also heard you on Air America. This is the best idea. Thank you for the chance to change lives.

Comment by Tricia 11.15.08 @ 9:37 pm

I contributed to Give a laptop, Get a laptop last year and took my extra XO to an orphanage in Kenya – the kids LOVED IT!!! I didn’t even know it had video until I heard giggling from the kids and then their teachers as well. It is so versitile, indestructible, easy to use and has so many functions that I am going to do this again. This program is a huge blessing to improve lives in so many areas of the world!!

Comment by Connie 11.15.08 @ 10:41 pm

I contributed in the G1G1 last year. I would now like to donate the XOPC that I received to yet another child. How can I go about donating my XOPC back to the organization to send to another child?
Wayne

Comment by Wayne 11.16.08 @ 9:50 am

I’m so happy some cute kid is using the laptop somewhere in the world. I just wish I could figure out how to use it. Can you pick up your e-mail on it and can you only use it in a wireless access location. Help I’m still trying to catch up with modern technology. At least I’m not using a typewriter and I finally learned how to text message maybe there is hope for me afterall.. FGelice

Comment by felice kaplan 11.16.08 @ 10:31 am

We bought 2 OLPC’s in GIGI last year. We sent them both with a missionary to Petite Riviere, Haiti.

Comment by Connie 11.16.08 @ 2:38 pm

june, you can always save your homework assignments in email. just create email account, copy text from(or type it in directly into body of email) and paste into email, email it to yourself.

Comment by Oksana 11.16.08 @ 2:39 pm

Ah yes teens can play video games while waiting for the UN truck to deliver the next weeks food shipment. Never mind that the surrounding fields go un-plowed and un-planted because there is no fuel for the tractors and no market for agricultural production thanks to those food shipments.

The sole result of 20 years of billions of dollars in food aid to Ethiopia has simply been the doubling of the number of hungry people and not a bushel of increased production.

Give every person in Ethiopia a $3000 Laptop with free wireless connectivity in 2009 and you will have 100 billion dollars of feelgood self-congratulation in America, being called a visionary by Thomas Friedman on The Charlie Rose Show and a million more hungry Ethiopian children.

Comment by Jonah Johansen 11.16.08 @ 2:42 pm

Thank you for the update on G1G1 from last year. I gave my XO to my Granddaughter & all of my Computer Expert “kids” were amazed that it was a REAL LIFE computer & not just a toy – Plus they were in awe that this charity existed. Since we sponsor a child in Malawi – I was even more touched & it was a no brainer to give to your mission. We hope to get more relatives involved this year. Praise God for all your efforts & dedication.

Comment by Steve & Trish Beene 11.16.08 @ 6:16 pm

The OLPC, as it ships, is not really a fully functional computer. The interface is limited and counter to already established standards.
I think the OLPC, at least in the US, serves two purposes: a toy for little kids who don’t know better, and a toy for adults to hack it and make it better. My own machine I found a distribution of Ubuntu, and now it is a usable, though slow, machine.

Comment by Don 11.16.08 @ 11:09 pm

Does anyone know whether the hand crank or solar panels for the OLPC are now available for purchase? We’d like to send the ones we got last year to our sister city in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a region without electricity.

Comment by Maryll 11.17.08 @ 1:23 pm

Please make laptops available for Fiji and other impoverished Pacific Islanders.

Comment by Leslie 11.17.08 @ 6:24 pm

Tell me why requiring US buyers to buy two isn’t unlawful national origin discrimination.

Comment by Michael Stone 11.18.08 @ 12:27 am

When will the “official” press release be posted on your site? (“You can help spread the word. We will be making a big splash on Nov 17 with PR and advertising to run in donated media across all media platforms: TV, Cinema, Radio, Print, Out of Home and online, and advertising will run through Dec 26, for the holiday giving season.”)

Comment by roseblasss@state.gov 11.18.08 @ 10:11 am

Michael, you aren’t required to buy two. You can buy one and send it to someone who was born less fortunate than you. : )

Comment by GG 11.18.08 @ 1:50 pm

Hi,
I just bought one XO on Amazon but when I log into my Amazon a/c there is no record of it. I received the Thank you letter when I bpught the XO online, but I have no way of tracking the delivery.

I chose to send it to an orphanage that I know in cambodia.

Comment by Jenny 11.19.08 @ 5:51 am

Can a child in the US who has an XO communicate with the child who rec’d the give a lap top XO????

Comment by gina 11.19.08 @ 10:02 am

I agree with Jonah Johansen. Ok, so the kids can learn how to use a laptop and can see other kids around the world with it. How does that create jobs for their future or get their land fertile and growing food? Yes, education IS important, but I think healthier, stronger children are more important that technologically savvy ones. Let’s get them living a quality life first before we give them gadgets!

Comment by Michael 11.20.08 @ 11:14 am

Waldo : there are some minor touchpad and power (and firmware) improvements.

Wayne – you can send your XO to the Give Another program; email me for the shipping details.

Maryll, you can get the solar panels directly from the producer in bulk, or from sites such as xoexplosion in single quantities.

Comment by metasj 11.20.08 @ 12:41 pm

June wrote
one laptop went to austria yo my grandson, the other went to North Las Vegas to my “foster grandsons” who have used it daily.
Does a person get to choose where the other laptop goes?
How does an impoverished community in Canada tap into this program?
Many of the new to Canada families I teach really could use access to the internet site stalfall to help with their children’s reading and many of the remote communities could use such a resource.

Comment by Suzanne 11.21.08 @ 9:03 am

I’ve watched for over a year as one of my students in a high priced New England Prep school used his XO in my 8th grade English class. There is a learning curve; it is not as powerful as the pricey laptops in our school carts, and it does not use the operating system of the other 300 computers in our school; however, it is is perfectly usable for 90% of his academic needs, and there is an intrinsic daily connection to a wider world–all for less than $200.00. I am buying three in the give one/get one program for my own children because I know–through practical observation–that the XO computers do what they need to do for an incredibly affordable price, and they will, hopefully, help my kids see the needs of the world in a more enlightened context.

My student who uses his XO is easily my top student!

Comment by John Fitzsimmons 11.22.08 @ 9:54 am

WOW, I want one of these and I also want to send the other one to the Dominican Republic. Does anyone know if it is possible to send it there?

and Jonah, I know what you mean about technology not being as important as being self-sufficient, but you must understand that while other organizations are making efforts towards ending hunger in developing nations, there are few helping those people become educated so that one day they will no longer be a developing or underdeveloped nation. Leave the plowing and growing to the older generations who no longer even go to school. Start educating the future generations and in 10 years from now, we will hopefully see them going off to college becoming professionals, or becoming leaders in their own countries to help others move forward.

Comment by Ross 11.23.08 @ 1:22 am

OMG… are you people serious? They can’t feed themselves but they’ll be laptop and wireless savvy? They can’t tend to their own medical needs but they’ll be able to surf the web? They can’t communicate about ending their own tribal conflicts but they can email the rest of the world details about the horrific massacres?
Jonah has it right and I’ll add that this is merely another exercise in “feel good mental masturbation” where the root of the problem is not being corrected but a liberal application of “toss them a distraction” helps us sleep better at night.
Anyone supporting this should have their logic examined by a professional. Just as the early American settlers got off their ass, plowed and tended the fields, worked to overcome every hardship, adversity, and obstacle to bend the earth to suit their subsistence needs; these underdeveloped peoples should get off their ass and quit repopulating until they have molded their environment into a sustainable existence.
Let them use the XO machines to dig furrows and plant crops!

Comment by Faisal Haddad 11.26.08 @ 10:39 am

Faisal Haddad:

Education will help them overcome all their other obstacles. The more they know the better they’ll be able to help themselves.

The internet is one of the best educational tools in the world.

On the internet they’ll be able to find information on:

- Growing and harvesting food.
- Understanding their own bodies and tending to their medical needs.
- Resolving conflicts.

Why do I have a feeling you’re a religious person?

Let me guess, giving them the internet will do nothing, but of course giving them your religion will fix everything.

Comment by Steve 11.26.08 @ 11:09 am

I agree with those who say it’s stupid to give the underdeveloped kids a laptop to “play video games on” instead of teaching them to make the land useful. However, I think if these kids see how other kids are doing in more fortunate areas, they will be more inclined to “get off their ass” and do something about it to be more like them. They can search online for ways to plow and fertilize the land, and maybe send a request to the UN to send seeds to plant. If they use the internet to learn, they can develop very quickly. All they have to do is “take a look around” to the other areas of the world to see what they too can achieve.

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Since when is giving *by choice* a bad thing? Most importantly, it’s very easy to criticize, but difficult to create solutions. If you have no constructive solutions to offer and don’t care for the program–then feel free to go elsewhere and start your own program offering your heart-felt solution(s).

Comment by James 11.28.08 @ 4:05 am

I second James’ piece of advice above. To those who would deride this wonderful laptop program, I have some AWESOME news: no one is forcing you to donate here!!!! No one is even forcing you to stay on this webpage. It’s true that there are many programs that offer assistance in the form and medical and food supplies to the under-developed world, and somehow I doubt that the folks at One Laptop Per Child have anything against such progams (and even if they hypothetically WERE, so what, you go help them anyhow!). I was very sad to read these derogatory comments for a positive educational progam.

Comment by Brie L. 11.29.08 @ 4:29 pm

GREETINGS FROM NINTH GRADERS AND MRS. RIVERA FROM FEDERICO ASENJO SCHOOL IN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. AS A CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENT FOR OUR ENGLISH CLASS, WE READ, INVESTIGATED AND LEARNED ABOUT THIS ORGANIZATION. AT FIRST WE COULDN’T BELIEVE IT! WE ARE PROUD OF LEARNING ABOUT YOU AND ARE GOING TO GIVE THE WORD TO EVERYONE WE CAN SO THAT THIS DREAM CAN COME TRUE TO SO MANY POOR AND NEEDED CHILDREN LIKE US. WE APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORT. GOD BLESS YOU.

Comment by NINTH GRADERS 11.30.08 @ 9:21 pm

Jonah Johansen, You know children in underdeveloped countries did not have a choice to where or who they where born, why not give children the things they need to make a difference. A 6 year old for example in a underdevelped country does not understand the concept of why they dont have things that other children have all around the world. But per say you give the 6 year old a laptop as the child get older and relazes that they dont have the things they should have what are they going to do TRY to make there lifes better. I understand what you are saying with games and what not but as far as I can tell is that this is a great program that may give a chance to that Child that can and will make a difference. Just remember most of these Children can not help how they live.

Comment by Mary White 12.01.08 @ 1:39 am

I think the laptop is such a good idea in order to improve the children’s quality of education. we are talking about education and it’s improvement, not about food or another lack of resourses. I think that the laptop will help children’s education and I think that this is perfectly applausive and supported.

Comment by Carol 12.03.08 @ 8:44 am

Hi. I am starting a non-profit which builds computer labs in orphanages. Our first project is an orphanage in India. I think these laptops would be perfect for the project. Does anyone know how I can get them for this charity? I’m having a difficult time reaching anyone at laptop.org.

Thanks!

Comment by Shira Evans 12.03.08 @ 6:11 pm

Hello,
Very impressive on what you all are doing. Wanted to say Bravo and thank you to all for making a difference in this wonderful world we live.

Thought I would share with you an animation type movie related to your cause that my 14 year old son Tommy did last year at Mabry Middle School that won best independent movie.

To watch from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLpSGhLQpfc

Rod Dreyer

Comment by Rod Dreyer 12.07.08 @ 11:32 am

Shira,

According to info on this page (above), you should be able to visit http://www.amazon.com/xo and make your purchase/donation. Hope this helps!

Thanks,

An OLPC Fan

Comment by An_OLPC_Fan 12.16.08 @ 3:45 pm

Last Year my humanities class decided to do a fundraiser and try to do the give one get one. We did it and it was really fun trying to decide where to send it. People out there should really try to find a way to give this christmas!

Comment by Makayla 12.17.08 @ 1:45 pm

Hello Kiva company for Laptop per child
I would like to volunteer translate and communicate for laptops computers for the children in Yemen. The children in Yemen are in disparate need. Please communicate with me so we can talk about that and how we may do it. I sent one laptop to a child there.
Thank you
My name is Shafika

Comment by Shafika 12.18.08 @ 1:25 am

Give a man fish and he can feed his family for a day. Teach him to fish and he can feed his family for life. Knowledge is power!

Comment by TC 12.18.08 @ 9:53 am

My comment to Jonah- Yes. I do understand your point. I am a third world country citizen and physician who thinks great of hundreds of medical brigades coming into my country but realizes how little handing out medicines does. About this I have my own ideas. But, in the case of OLPC, you have to realize the big gap between computer illiterate and chat savvy kids in my country. Many of the affluent that have two or three PCs at home will only play games and visit Facebook, yes. But they are the ones that will be able to use a laptop when they go to college. Those who do not know how to handle a computer will not even get a job. IF THIS PROJECT ONLY SUCCEDED IN DIMINISHING THIS EVER GROWING GAP AND ALLOWING A COUPLE OF THOUSANDS OF MY FELLOW HONDURANS TO FEEL AT EASE IN FRONT OF A MONITOR, THAT WOULD BE A GREAT GAIN. If this works right and makes these kids grow a bit more open to creativity and innovation.. THAT would be a true MIRACLE and a WONDERFUL accomplishment.

Comment by Enrique Romero 12.18.08 @ 8:56 pm

My personal experience is that this kind of program works with kids who are at risk, and not the most vulnerable or poor. I appreciate deeply the comments above that say a laptop is frivolous or ignoring the problems of kids whose most basic needs have not been met (safety, food, shelter, physical and mental health, love.) Without this foundation, thriving and learning are impossible. And yes, it is easy to criticize a project that ignores this – it’s a sexy feel good tech solution that increases the market of computer literate future consumers. Is that philanthropy?

But so many kids are on the brink of expanding their opportunity, even in the poorest countries. It’s the really lucky kids in poor countries, if given the chance and the tools, who will create lasting change in their communities, and who will benefit directly from programs like OLPC. Hopefully their friends and neighbors will also benefit from the expanded opportunity as well. And if only the users benefit, well those are kids who would have suffered from ignorance. I have a hard time begrudging their opportunity. It’s not fair, and it’s not perfect, but then who ever said life was either? Or said another way, the enemy of good is perfect.

Another group of kids this will benefit is the wealthy, the Get1 kids. I hope this project will help them understand more about poor nations, introduce them to philanthropy, and hopefully develop their sense of compassion. For all the kids this benefits, this is a very good opportunity. It’s not the best or most important project, but I believe it has its place among many worthy endeavors.

Comment by Deirdre 12.19.08 @ 11:44 pm

I agree with Chris AS WELL as some of what Johansen has to say! I too would like to see this done for U.S. kids in poor areas, and those senior citizens who would like to bring themselves out of the “dark ages” and interact with modern-day technology–but simply cannot afford to buy one of these puppies (a laptop–any laptop). My God, with the way our leaders have “raped” our economic system here, the current and future senior citizens cannot even afford dog food if they wanted to stock their pantries with it for themselves!! Then you need to admit that opportunities here in America are still not equal! We have races and “classes” of people that just don’t get the same opportunities, man! But for some this venue seems to be that “feel good” opportunity to somehow make some things right. “…I gave to a less fortunate, so now I feel better about our oppressive tactics…” . If I had the means, I would make this available to ALL U.S. children and senior citizens who truly and simply cannot afford a computer of any kind. We have people right here in the US still living without running water, or the water that is running in their community has been “sabotaged” with waste or nuclear runnoff. They cannot afford to nurse or doctor themselves no matter how educated they are! But God bless the pioneer of this project–THANK YOU for caring! I think the laptop for these underprivileged children abroad is indeed somewhat a good idea, but what about here in the U.S? We are so quick to say we are trying to improve the lives of those outside our country. What about within?? Charity begins at home –or does it?… So many of you posting are so right; “…this project’s main purpose is supposed to address improving the children’s quality of education…” But start here, in your own backyard, caring about and setting out to truly improve the livelihood of people here! Make opportunities available to all–regardless of their social or economic status that you yourselves have subjected them to. Be honest about the mess we are advocating here!! By doing this we show our own citizens how to gift and be a gift. You should never do for people that you deem “indigent” just to make yourself feel better. Because then your “gift” is not really a “gift”.
I still feel we on this side of the equator still have a lot more to learn….

Comment by So FedUp 12.22.08 @ 12:17 pm

I think this is a wonderful project. Laptaps make education truly accessible, especially when electricity is not needed. There needs to be a similar program all over the world for the sight-impaired and the blind; free slate and stylus to those in need, with a free education CD or some other medium that teaches them how to read and write braille.

Whether sighted or not, the opportunities out there are endless, but require technology. Even simple technology is better than none at all. No technology does not put us in the Middle Ages, but it does put a limit on what we learn. Learning should be a lifelong skill.

Comment by seremina 12.23.08 @ 3:22 am

Aren’t all of you fortunate to be able to have a computer to post your ‘various’ opinions of the OLPC program. It’s great you are all computer savvy enough to be able to educate yourselves on your needs AND the world’s needs. It’s a fabulous world where we can all have our own individual opinions on what everyone else needs to do. Maybe the kids will ‘play games’ on the laptops, but they do also know what they need to do to survive and get it done. Their playing games will be like their own little vacation away from their ‘REAL World’.

Comment by LetLive 12.24.08 @ 12:43 pm

Please do not discount the benefits of “playing games.” Kids learn to think by playing. This sounds like a great program.

Comment by A. Mills 12.25.08 @ 9:31 pm

I just ordered a G1G1 this afternoon through Amazon. GREAT program and I want to help. Kudos to this program!

Comment by TommyR 12.26.08 @ 9:21 pm

FABULOUS program! We have just received one for our 4 year old son Will (a gift from Grandparents) and are thrilled. Not only is the XO a really cool first computer, it is also a great way to teach children social responsibility……brilliant!

Comment by Julie Broad 12.26.08 @ 10:28 pm

To So fedup,
If you want to see it done for kids in the U.S. then but 1 get 1 and give yours to a needy child. Simple isn’t it? Here in the U.S. there are computers everywhere. Schools, libraries,etc. You could TAKE A Child to one of these places and help them.

In the contries where these laptops help they have no laptops. Get it now???

Comment by TommyR 12.26.08 @ 10:33 pm

this is great, but it’s following in the foot steps that have already been taken. In the late 90s a guy name Bill Gates started a foundation that was going to take his ‘technology’ to all the 3rd world countries… it was a brilliant idea… but it had no ‘real world’ way of ever working. It wasn’t until Mr. Gates started traveling around the world, that he realized that the world’s poor didn’t need technology, but needed clean water, medical attention and education… check it out: http://www.gatesfoundation.org this idea IS NOT NEW… one of the richest men in the world realized early on that technology WAS NOT the end-all be-all solution to the world’s problems. I think in the right communities, this is a genius idea. Why not take this to the poor communities in the US and Europe? It’s ignorant to think that a $200 lap top is going to fix the problems in african countries… it’s not… but this implemented in our own impoverished communities could have a HUGE impact. I commend the founders of this xo but ask you to look at the Gates’ story and think about how to re-align this great idea.

Comment by brad k. evans 12.27.08 @ 12:54 pm

Hi. Can this laptop help my son which is autistic, adhd and has developmental delay. He’s a 8 yr.old boy. Many Thanks.

Comment by Kim 12.28.08 @ 12:25 am

Hello Kim, we do have some donors from last year who have used it with autistic children. It is not specially designed for them, but can be an excellent learning tool for children of all reading levels.

Comment by SJ 12.28.08 @ 2:26 am

IT ´S SO SAD…. SO SAD

People in developing countries nearly have not both food and water…

And a company wants get them a computer!!! With wifi!!!

What´s this??

Comment by SANTI 12.29.08 @ 9:50 pm

It seems that A LOT of the critics here failed to research the program before submitting their opinions. Had they done so, they would have seen how their criticisms have already been considered and answered. Hey at least someone is doing something instead of grousing (complaining and grumbling) about it and doing nothing.

Comment by Kathleen 12.30.08 @ 7:00 am

I think this whole idea is fantastic, for the education of children and for the environmental implications of a simpler, more energy efficient personal computer.
As for the complainers… I don’t know how many of them have been to developing countries, but in many cases the best people can do is to help the children with their educations so that they can grow up and know how to help their communities with what they gain. Simply bringing supplies to a country and saying “Here you go! Isn’t life better?” doesn’t help people become self sufficient, no does it help them develop problem solving skills. However, educating kids who would otherwise not know so much about the modern world and would get run over by it can do so much more for their futures.
I have no need for an XO laptop, I have a laptop already. But I will be pleased to donate one when I can and hope that starts a positive chain reaction of learning for someone.

Comment by Liz 12.30.08 @ 1:54 pm

I am happy to donate a laptop on behalf of Santa Clara County’s Information Services Department

Comment by Liz Rosas 12.31.08 @ 6:03 pm

dear sir
our School was very poor and ther were inasent and knowlegebel childern.no one help there to improved there It knowlege.we are in developing country.there for would you kindly help for us.
can u give laptops to our childerns.

we loking for you reply.
Thanks you,
Iam sagara

my email-sa.maduwe@yahoo.com

Comment by sagara 01.03.09 @ 1:48 am

I would like to buy some of these and bring them to Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam. Can I bring them or must they be shipped by you. Will the wireless internet feature be easily used with providers in these countries?

Eric Wade
Ottawa, Canada

Comment by Eric 01.03.09 @ 10:50 pm

If I needed to learn how to grow food, organize my community, provide medical care, or anything else really, where would I go? The INTERNET. If kids in desperate situations have a wonderful resouce like the internet they will be able to solve problems themselves. Ethiopia usually makes enough food to feed itself, but it doesn’t have a sophisticated market place. If kids in ethopia can research how other markets operate they could improve their own. This is a charity that will “teach a man to fish” and rotate crops, and provide clean water, etc, etc.

Comment by SR 01.05.09 @ 10:04 pm

Way to guys but I think that food should first. Anyway good job.

Comment by Good job 01.06.09 @ 9:51 pm

Thanks SJ. I also think it could help him too, especially with reading. Thanks again for the advice. Take care.

Comment by Kim 01.06.09 @ 10:11 pm

I’m committed to donating a laptop for a child, and one for my youngest. This approach is simply wonderful. It’s great seeing the use of talent, skills, and brilliance being shared with others less fortunate in the world. Bless you and thank you for the inspiration

Comment by Nola 01.07.09 @ 12:46 pm

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how to get laptop for kids in USA who’s family is in povery

Comment by nessa 01.08.09 @ 11:25 pm

This is a wonderful program and I am very heartened to see the number of people who value individual acts of kindness regardless of where a child lives.

Comment by Don Whitehead 01.12.09 @ 1:15 am

To the naysayers…
This is not about games, it is not about videos, it is about communication. While the OLPC may be a bit of a heavy handed idea to some, it is still about getting tools to the students, the children, in these regions. You are aware of the old adage “give someone a fish, they eat for a day; teach someone to fish, they eat for a lifetime” (paraphrasing mine). That’s the goal here, to give these children something that will help them to continue to learn. All of this for the cost we in the west would spend for a typical gadget.
I have had the opportunity to be involved with teachers who are helping to build schools in Uganda, and tools like these are considered a godsend (though I do not know at this writing if they have been sent or not). It is very easy to criticize what looks like westerners trying to salve their own consciences. Be happy that they are trying to help in anyway at all.
You can’t stop the signal, and that’s what this is all about

Comment by R. Little 01.13.09 @ 6:50 pm

I don’t understand all the naysayers. No one is forcing them to participate in this program, and no one is stopping them from joining the Peace Corps and going over and digging ditches and putting in water recovery resources. By expanding the World for those kids, they’re expanding their concept of what is vs. what should/could/would be if things were done in a more productive manner. A program like this could help the next generation think about problems in a more effective manner, and help them to find better solultions to them. By helping these kids communicate with each other, it could also help get rid of some of the tribal conflicts in the next generation…. by humanizing them for each other. Don’t like what this program is doing? Give your money to one you agree with…. or found your own program…..but I’m guessing that many of the naysayers don’t, or won’t, do that either.

Comment by Kili 01.18.09 @ 6:25 pm

Couldn’t help being shocked by JUNE’s comment from Nov 15th (2nd from the top of the list) where she talks about getting one XO Laptop for her grandson in Austria, and giving the other Laptop to her relatives in “North Las Vegas”. Dear June, Do you understand that neither Austria nor the USA are really considered “developing countries”? And that the children in both countries (yes, all of them) have it “made in the shade” compared to the truly needy children in the poor half of the world. Where millions of people live on $1 to $2 per person per day (and that’s not the kids “allowance”, it pays for food, housing, health care [as if], clothes, everything!). And in the very poorest nations on earth, that’s not just an extreme example, that’s the national average income!
As I understand it, this XO Laptop program is intended to be more than just a bargain deal for the relatively rich and highly pampered kids of North America and Europe.

Comment by Laurence 01.19.09 @ 5:48 pm

I just saw the advertisement in Jan. 26 edition of Time, though the Buy One Give One thing needs to be updated.

I agree that the XO doesn’t solve hunger issues and poverty, but it’s more like you’re expecting some miracle machine-in-a-box to be sent to these kids. We can’t do everything, but as least it’s something. Every little step counts.

Comment by Sherry 01.20.09 @ 1:48 am

The add in Time Magazine says this is on going but the website states that it ended on Dec 31, 2008.

Is the buy one, get one deal still in effect?

Comment by Michelle 01.22.09 @ 12:32 am

I thought it was too good to be true. I have kept a newspaper article for around 2 years. It stating that these laptops for children were to be $100.00 when they are ready to be sold in 2007. See what they are selling for, only double what you had everyone believing. I am not sure what to make of this. a1vette@aol.com

Comment by Angie 01.28.09 @ 12:17 am

What a great project! I think what some have missed here is that it’s about wanting to help others and giving of your talents. Are you good at developing food products? GIVE food products. Good at giving medical aid? Give medical aid. Are you good at computer engineering? Then why not figure out how to produce a durable, low cost computer for third-world kids and give that?

Are you good at earning money? Then give some of make a difference in a way that matters to you.

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i m an indian.i want to buy the laptop XO.how can i get that?

Comment by rani sharma 02.05.09 @ 3:38 am

Congratulations on a fabulous program. Is there any chance the computers will become available in Australia? I would love the chance to get these for my children (and of course for other children less fortunate)

Comment by Janine Lazzaro 02.05.09 @ 10:43 pm

i am in need of a laptop.so if anyone wants to donate his/her laptop ..please let me know

Comment by rahul 02.13.09 @ 7:05 am

Wow..wonderful program…Success for U

Comment by Sigit 02.15.09 @ 6:28 am

The laptops are important because they help provide the populous and the future generations with what they now need most – information and education. If you’d like to see first hand the impact of the a failed system, look, via Google maps, at the border that divides Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Look very closely at the north and central portion of that border. What happened to all the tree’s ? The French ? Okay, well, how is that problem going to be solved? It won’t be solved with food or houses (they’ll just tear down the houses and burn them, like they do the tree’s). This process must start from the ground up; with the children and upcoming generations. The horrid circumstances that exist in places like Haiti and Ethiopia will not be resolved by “plowing the fields”, not when the people don’t understand the formidable agricultural task at hand. After all, plow a desert and it’s still a desert. Or maybe that’s comb the desert (as in Spaceballs). Either way, enlightening future generations via increased educational opportunities (in addition to the food and clean water), is the rational next step.

Comment by vook 02.16.09 @ 8:14 pm

I am getting the sense that many people against OLPC have never removed themselves from the comfort of their climate controlled homes and lived in a developing nation. I can tell you first hand that it will change your life and certainly educate you. When it really comes down to it, your education is all that you have. In a developing nation, it is really everything. To give these children a means to learn via internet or educational games is exactly what they need. They many not be visiting nytimes.com everyday to learn the latest in scientific research or what the columnists have to say, but they are reading in the language which could lead to better opportunities for them and their community. I didn’t see a single XO while visiting numerous schools and orphanages in Kenya, Although one teacher explained to me that you can rid yourself of HIV/AIDS by having unprotected sex with a virgin. I think the laptops will have better life lessons.

Comment by Havarti 02.21.09 @ 12:02 am

I think this will be a great way for impoevrished young children to start learning early on how to effectively develop and deploy their own Nigerian 419 scams. Kudos!

Comment by Scotchy 02.21.09 @ 11:17 am

is it too late for the g1g1 program. i want to get one for my daughter… but it’s confusing. please help

Comment by zhi 02.24.09 @ 5:38 pm

Would You share GIGI program to me ? Cause in my Country many Children need this Program..Would You

Comment by buylaptop 03.02.09 @ 10:38 pm

Ok picture a 22 year old kid who still uses the XO he got in “grade school” to mine information to fix a…. land rover….or a…tractor…or…a water pump…or to diagnose a sick goat.. I am tech savvy and “underprivileged” by american standards. The internet offers me information and help when american traditions of greed and social ignorance would have me clueless, subservient, cold and hungry. Maybe some “westerners” are afraid that these poor kids might actually find out about their lifestyle and want it too… How else would this privileged american see a house with an elevator and a 100 square foot bathroom… or find out that you run your AC all summer in an arizona winter home you don’t even live in. For who pays for the greed of the overfed are the hungry.

Comment by Bryan Patrick 03.24.09 @ 3:09 am

I got mine Dec.2007 G1G1 would like to know where my other one went?

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I was fully planning on buying my daughter one of these computers and donating one to to a kid in another country. However, I wasn’t aware of the time constraint! Please tell me when you are going to offer the Give One Get One program!!! I am incredibly frustrated that I missed the window of opportunity! I even had the idea to try to get other members of my (rather wealthy) town to also buy computers – ideally, our town could be linked with a town in an underprivileged community, so as the kids grew with their computers, they could also be a kind of “pen-pal” with their corresponding town! FInding the site down after Christmas was a crushing blow! Now I see the computers available on eBay, but that isn’t contributing to a needy child! Please reinstate the program ASAP!! Thank You! – A concerned mother and citizen.

Comment by Samantha Fine 03.26.09 @ 4:00 pm

Has anyone considered the implications of giving internet access to nations that hate the western world? We may inadvertently spawn a new generation of terrorists… computer terrorists!

Comment by No Name 03.31.09 @ 5:07 pm

Well, the software info is confusing to me (too much complex info). I think I’ll just have to get one and take it to the school I’m working with in Ghana and try it out. The ruggedness of the design is a really good idea.

My recommendation to everyone with strong opinions about international aid and development is to get involved on a personal level helping people in those places you are concerned about. You will find it richly rewarding and can make a huge difference in people’s lives at a very modest cost. It is not hard to do.

Regarding no name’s concern, there are computer hackers, criminals and “terrorists” all over the world already doing stupid things. They already have internet access. It is cheap and available and they have the skills.

My concern is with the millions of people who are not polarized, can readily become our friends, and who can benefit immensely from access to the vast knowledge available on the internet.

At the end of a project last year putting in a safe water supply for a village of 5000 in Ghana, the local Imam, who was there with his council of elders, gave a speech, ending with “Thank You and God Bless America”.

I refuse to let fear and fear mongering propaganda prevent me from making the world a better place for everyone I can touch.

Comment by John W 04.21.09 @ 2:54 pm

I think this is really good thing for kids in need.It teaches them a lot.And also you can have fun while doing it.

I wonder if a kid in the United States could buy one just for fun?I’ll pay,and then you could donate the money i spent on a laptop to another laptop for kids really in need.

Comment by cierra 04.22.09 @ 8:16 am

You should move this project to other countrys in need.

Comment by Mark 04.22.09 @ 8:20 am

I can’t believe some people’s ignorant views on this issue. Why shouldn’t children have some of the educational and entertaining benefits that American children have. Are they unworthy of these types of donations because their countries aren’t as advanced and wonderful as more developed regions. As someone stated in a past blog they “need to get up off their ass and do something.” Ethnocentricity runs deep in this individual. If most privelidged Americans were to experience half the troubles of a child from a third world country, they’d be crying to their psychiatrist for years, taking medications and collecting disability for some chronic mental disorder. Talk about lazy and with all the opportunities and advancements of the world. All I really have to say about the novelty about this program is “give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.”

Comment by Anonymous 05.03.09 @ 4:34 pm

How Sad! Can some people not see the glorious miracle of HOPE? This laptop is not taking food from any childs mouth. This laptop is not creating anything but a joy of HOPE. Education and hope must go hand in hand. Education for a better next generation and hope to improve the planet. Imagine going to school and not having a pencil to use. How well would you learn? Just a silly example but still, why not give a little joy? I am so glad not all are so selfish. Just wondering how much you give to charity to buy food?

Comment by R. Godwin 05.17.09 @ 10:12 am

I am in the same situation as Samantha Fine. I was gathering some friends and neighbors to do the but one get one program and then donate the ‘get ones’ to under served children in our community. Is the program going to be offered again this fall?

Comment by Michael S. 07.17.09 @ 10:45 am

In the past OLPC has run the G1G1 program every winter, from Thanksgiving to the end of the year. We haven’t announced any dates for this year, but if you are gathering colleagues together that is when a similar program could be expected.

Comment by metasj 07.18.09 @ 9:46 pm

need a laptop for my granddaughter,i am raising my grandchildren,their mother has been on meth for some 10 years so the younger 2 are meth babies,would appreciate your help with one laptop.Thanks

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Comment by Shwet 01.08.10 @ 11:00 pm

This is an awesome project. Closing the digital divide and expanding education can, I believe, bring us all closer together.

Comment by Julie Weight 06.03.10 @ 9:24 am

What a terrific cause! The laptop program is far more reaching than our donation program, but maybe there is some way to tie them together. We work with communication tools for non-profits and regular businesses. For the non-profit side, we have a walkie-talkie program that issues free radios to organizations for their use in helping those who this laptop program is targeting. think this is the perfect opportunity for a program we host to somehow get together with “Give a Laptop”. Our site donates Motorola business radios to non-profits through a special grant program. People who work with your cause may want to look into these two-way radios to help keep the program in order and be able to communicate better. You could register here for the techwholesale two-way radio grant program – if you’d like. Maybe Motorola will be able to come up with something even on a greater scale. Best of luck.

Comment by Two-way Radio Grant Program 06.28.10 @ 4:25 pm

This is a great program. Helping these people learn more, increase communication and global knowledge is a very good cause.

Comment by Scott 08.20.10 @ 1:31 pm

Great to stumble across this post. We give a laptop a month to a different 13 year old every month through a scheme at barnardo’s UK. We feel its a bit like give a man a fish he’ll eat for 1 day, give him a fishing rod and he can feed his family.

This is a personal development of mine, as well as being a worth while cause, with the world being open to oppertunities and work via the internet. We feel having the IT skills and knowledge to use a computer is a 21st century way out of poverty.

Comment by andy ellis 05.31.11 @ 3:25 pm

sorry i forgot to mention for every laptop we give to barnardos the goverment also agree to give that child free internet for the life of the computer!

This triangle scheme work great for us as we also get to hear from the children involved and how they are developing as they go.

Comment by andy ellis 05.31.11 @ 3:27 pm

G1G1 laptops are becoming very famous in children. There are many latest features, which can help them in mental development. Children can learn a lot from these laptops.

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