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my xo is headed to haiti

In 2007, Hammock donated funds for some computers in the One Laptop Per Child program. We also participated in their “buy one, get one” campaign in order to have a computer to help us promote the effort. After using the device in some photo and video shoots, I placed the computer on a shelf in my office, intending to give it away, but never quite getting around to it. It’s always there, reminding me it would be better off being used by a child than gathering dust in my shelf.

And then, on Tuesday evening I received the following e-mail appeal from the founder of the One Laptop Per Child program.

So, Godspeed my little green XO computer — I now know why I hung onto you:

Dear G1G1er,

At the end of 2007 you participated in the Give One Get One program of One Laptop per Child (OLPC). Thanks to you and others like you, 75,000 laptops went to Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Cambodia, Oceania, the West Bank, and Haiti.

An additional 75,000 laptops came into the USA as part of the “get” side of the equation. In some cases those laptops have since been put into closets for one reason or another.

We are gathering additional used XO laptops to send to Haiti. If you or the child to whom you gave the laptop is no longer using it, we appeal again to your generosity and ask you to send it to the address below (even if it is broken).

OLPC FOR HAITI c/o Exel
615 Westport Parkway #500
Grapevine, TX 76051

75% of the schools in Port-au-Prince have been destroyed in the recent earthquake, but by good fortune, none of our Haitian team was hurt. They have spare parts and OLPC technical staff and teachers, and stand prepared to deploy these XOs.

Because of the XO’s unique features (sunlight readability, solar powered, water resistant, drop proof), it is also an ideal tool for relief work.

If your XO is in use, please ignore this email. We only want your broken or unused XOs.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Negroponte