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Give One, Get One

XO laptop For less than $10 a week for a year, you can help jump start the One Laptop Per Child Project during a “sponsor one, get one” promotion. From 12-26 November, donate an XO laptop to a child in a developing nation (specifically, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti or Rwanda) and receive one in recognition of your $400 contribution. (tip)

Read a (reportedly unedited) review by a 12-year-old.

This project is the brainchild of Nicholas Negroponte, author of Being Digital and co-founder of the MIT Media Lab. (TedTalks) The organization has incredibly low overhead: “One Laptop Per Child is able to allocate 95 cents of each dollar raised to acquire and distribute laptop computers for children in need.” And the cost is low because the computer uses open source software.

Your donation ($200 for the “give one” machine) is be tax-deductible. In addition, “[for] or all U.S. donors who participate in the Give One Get One program, T-Mobile is offering one year of complimentary HotSpot access.”

Why not join me in supporting the Give One Get One program?

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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