November 13 2007
There has been always a huge gap in digital divide between the rich and poor. It is almost necessity to know technology if you want to have a decent job. However, there is one non-profit who is trying to close the gap one child at a time. This non-profit is called One Laptop Per Child (OLPC).
OLPC’s mission is to provide a means for learning, self-expression, and exploration to the nearly two billion children of the developing world with little or no access to education. While children are by nature eager for knowledge, many countries have insufficient resources to devote to education—sometimes less than $20 per year per child (compared to an average of $7,500 in the United States). By giving children their very own connected XO laptop, we are giving them a window to the outside world, access to vast amounts of information, a way to connect with each other, and a springboard into their future. And we’re also helping these countries develop an essential resource—educated, empowered children.
How does it work. Well an individual can donate $399. With that money, one laptop will be delivered to child in a developing nation, then you get one for a child that is important in your life (that could be you). You could also give $200 and that would only get a child in a developing nation a laptop. You have until November 26th to participate in the "Give One, Get One" campaign.
The computer is pretty cool. It runs on Linux, and has wireless card. Plus some really cool software. This would be make a great gift for the holidays. A gift that helps. And yes, some of it is tax deductible.