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I saw this on 60 minutes last night and I thought some of you Mamas might be interested. This is a not for profit program started by an MIT professor who wants all children in poor countries to have a laptop. The design is amazing! They can only be purchased until Dec 31st. You buy one for your child and one for a poor child.<br><br><a href="http://laptop.org/" target="_blank">http://laptop.org/</a><br><br><a href="http://laptopgiving.org/en/index.php" target="_blank">http://laptopgiving.org/en/index.php</a>
 

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One of the docs I work with was telling me about this. He and his wife got a laptop for each of their kids for Xmas specifically because of this program. It's a neat program. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Oh, man, that is so cool. I've been following the news about these for a while now. I really wish we could get one, I'd love to participate and to play with one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've been following the progress of the OLPC for a couple years now. It sounds like a spectacularly cool little laptop and I would *love* to have one to paly around with, and would *love* to get one for DS when he gets a bit older.. if I had $400 bucks to blow, you can bet this would be where I'd blow it!! The fact that M$ and Intel have stepped in and done there damndest do undermine the campaign is just sickening... and makes me not want buy anything by them ever again...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The fact that M$ and Intel have stepped in and done there damndest do undermine the campaign is just sickening... and makes me not want buy anything by them ever again...</div>
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They are? Do you have links?
 

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Dp the geek says "Yeah, those look cool. I bet the next iteration will be better, it looks like there are still some kinks to work out." Sigh. I was hoping he'd go for it, I really want one to play with.<br><br>
He's probably right, though, and I'm sure they won't just stop the buy one give one program permanently.
 

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Actually I heard about a lot of little bugs with the hole thing, so even when is a good idea, is not such a good idea, you know.
 

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the only thing i dont get about this is most children in third world countries need clean running water, shelter, food, and medical attention first
 

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DH is pretty interested in this too, he also thinks the next generation of it will be better. I was concerned about the <i>what about food, water,</i> etc. but encouraging education and literacy is a great thing as well!
 

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Maybe I'm the odd one out, but I think it's a little stupid. Why would EVERY child in a third world country need a friggin' laptop. My children will probably never have their own laptop. How about we work on other things like giving every child with AIDS some medication. Or heck we could give every child a useful animal or a clean filtered well. Do you have any idea how much food $200 buys there?
 

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I agree with the idea that it takes more than just the basics, though those are certainly needed, too. The whole "give a man a fish..." adage seems to apply here, though.<br><br>
I hope they extend the program. I'd love to get one of these for DD in a give one/get one program, but she's a little young still and we certainly can't afford it this year.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Why would EVERY child in a third world country need a friggin' laptop. My children will probably never have their own laptop.</div>
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But your children have access to free education should you choose to use it. Your children have access to your computer should you choose to allow it. Connected laptops can open up a whole world and education to children living in the third world even if their parents can't send them to school (school isn't free in the third world) and even if their parents can't read. A laptop could mean a child is able to leave behind poverty.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">How about we work on other things like giving every child with AIDS some medication. Or heck we could give every child a useful animal or a clean filtered well. Do you have any idea how much food $200 buys there?</div>
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There are organizations doing those things. This one chose a different and just as important issue to work on. There's nothing stopping people giving a laptop and giving money to an organization doing hunger and medical work in the third world too. There really isn't a limitation on that, especially in the first world.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Maybe I'm the odd one out, but I think it's a little stupid. Why would EVERY child in a third world country need a friggin' laptop. My children will probably never have their own laptop. How about we work on other things like giving every child with AIDS some medication. Or heck we could give every child a useful animal or a clean filtered well. Do you have any idea how much food $200 buys there?</div>
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Education, communication, the kids there deserve those things too. Food and water is important, but if this group wants to help with education how is that bad? Some people over there, believe it or not, DO want more than to just be fed, some are fed. Many are being fed and want to do something more, get an education and be able to do even more for themselves or their communities. Not all needs over there are equal.<br><br>
Not every person and community is facing the same challenges.<br><br>
I agree $200 would buy a lot of food. But some people/companies want to focus their energy on something else. Good or bad, you don't have to support them. But I can't imagine how it can be seen as a bad thing. What about people stop donating computers, or anything for that matter, to kids in the US, when obviously, the money would go further feeding people over there.
 

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We got one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It should arrive in the next month.<br>
Hopefully we'll get it before the offer ends so we can give a review.
 

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My dad purchased two of the deals, one laptop is going to my DD and three are being donated. I'm proud to be his daughter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/happytears.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="happytears">:<br><br>
Hanno, PM me when yours arrives. We can talk about them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Maybe I'm the odd one out, but I think it's a little stupid. Why would EVERY child in a third world country need a friggin' laptop. My children will probably never have their own laptop. How about we work on other things like giving every child with AIDS some medication. Or heck we could give every child a useful animal or a clean filtered well. Do you have any idea how much food $200 buys there?</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">But your children have access to free education should you choose to use it. Your children have access to your computer should you choose to allow it. Connected laptops can open up a whole world and education to children living in the third world even if their parents can't send them to school (school isn't free in the third world) and even if their parents can't read. A laptop could mean a child is able to leave behind poverty.<br><br>
There are organizations doing those things. This one chose a different and just as important issue to work on. There's nothing stopping people giving a laptop and giving money to an organization doing hunger and medical work in the third world too. There really isn't a limitation on that, especially in the first world.</div>
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Dd1 is getting one for Christmas.
 
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