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November 12, 2009

Where should the XO’s go?

I’ve got two new One Laptop Per Child XO laptops that I’d like to donate to a worthy school or organization. Who should I donate them to? These machines would probably be most useful to children of elementary school age. Give me some suggestions!



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Daniel Wiersma says

Nov 12, 2009

Hi Gary,

How about my son? He's 4 and gets educated at home. He good use a computer of is own that he take with him and works every where at every time.

Daniel Wiersma
Lelystad, Netherlands

Dhaval Trivedi says

Nov 12, 2009

Dear Gary,

I'm not from the US so I don't know which is the best place to donate, but I very much like the cause!


Timothy Falconer says

Nov 12, 2009

We sure could use them. We have another pilot in Haiti in February.

Drew Breunig says

Nov 12, 2009

How about 826 Valencia?

MJ says

Nov 12, 2009

I teach in Dillon SC ( I-95 Corridor of Shame http://www.corridorofshame.com/) We'd love to have them!

T. Sherman says

Nov 12, 2009

Possibly a local children's hospital could use them.
Helping sick kids to keep in touch with friends and family, especially during the upcoming holiday season.

Kenneth says

Nov 12, 2009

Dear Gary,

I'm Kenneth from Chile. I´ve got a girlfriend that teachs in a poor school, ubicated in Peñalolén, Santiago de Chile; She works in a Integration Proyect for childrens whith intelectual discapacity, language dificulties, an others educationals special needs, They don´t have this types of resourses. So i think that this donation will be very helpfull in the educational process for the kids.


Kenneth Espinoza Agas
Santiago, Chile

PD:By the way i saw Objectified a week ago, and i found it awesome and very illustrating in the process of industrial design (i´m a designer too!).

witz says

Nov 12, 2009


The students of Marysville School in Portland, Oregon - their school just burned down!

Tony Yet says

Nov 13, 2009

Maybe you would find the idea of donating these XO laptops to children in rural China through the "1KG More" initiative interesting?

1KG More: www.1kg.org

Chris says

Nov 13, 2009

I'm leaving for Rwanda on Wednesday.
I'm sure they'd love to have them there http://www.lesperancerwanda.org
Only problem... I'm in Germany and the XOs probably in the states?

Eric Winer says

Nov 13, 2009


please check out this website, its worth it!

Dave says

Nov 14, 2009

To decide which underfunded school could best use them would be a Herculean task as anyone who is familiar with the current funding crisis in US schools can attest. Save yourself some time and just walk to the nearest elementary school to where you live and hand them over; or to the nearest children's hospital like T. Sherman suggested. There is no shortage of need.

Ali Morgan says

Nov 14, 2009

I am a missionary and we could use them at our primary school in Mozamibque, Africa!! Email me with more information please!!

The Shopping Sherpa says

Nov 15, 2009

I'm sure they could be put to good use by my Plan International (http://www.plan.org.au/) sponsored child's community in India...

Nancy Kim says

Nov 16, 2009

Hi Gary!
How about donating them to Educate a Child? We are currently sponsoring (funded by expats and locals in Korea and around the world) 32 children in San Jose, a small town 3 hours north of Manila.
The situation in rural Philippines is quite bleak. Particularly in San Jose, Nueva Ecija, where most of the families are small sustenance farmers. What little they sell every day at the market is used to buy food for their family's meal that day. There is rarely any money left over for "luxuries" such as education. That's why I started Educate a Child. I help raise funds so that families who couldn't it afford it otherwise, can send their children to school. We have opened up a computer lab, but we only have 2-3 computers for the entire school. Because of the lack of resources, mostly high school students are the ones to use the lab. We would love to get the elementary school kids comfortable using computers and OLPC is a wonderful way to do it. I've been following the computers ever since David Pogue reviewed it a few years back. Unfortunately OLPC isn't offered in the Philippines yet, so getting these two laptops would be amazing! Most of the kids are stuck in San Jose...and really don't have much hope of getting out of their cycle of poverty without education, which in this day and age includes computer literacy.
I'd love to start classes for the elementary kids using these computers.
I have a friend who is traveling from NYC to Seoul in December and could carry over the laptops. I could then personally deliver the computers to the kids in the Philippines when I travel there in February.
Please contact me for more info!
Thanks, Gary!

Jo says

Nov 17, 2009

How about you make it a contest. Have kids write you why they should be the one to get it. Turn 'em into little entrepreneurs!


Victor Cosby says

Nov 19, 2009

Displaced children in northern Uganda. http://www.ariverblue.org/

Jenny Messerly says

Nov 19, 2009

I think Gangplank in Phoenix would be an excellent place to donate the XO's! They have events to teach children about technology, computers and coding. It's an incubator for talent :)

More info: http://gangplankhq.com/2009/07/exploration-vs-education-the-heart-of-gangplank-jr/

wenzhentao says

Nov 21, 2009

Your idea is good, I think you have donated to orphanages around is the quickest way.

Kathryn Morrison says

Nov 22, 2009

In 2008 I served as a volunteer in Omungwelume, a rural Namibian village (Namibia is just north of South Africa). The school was, as you would expect, under resourced, and the kids there could certainly benefit from a donation such as this. To learn more about Namibia and my experience there, please check out the website enclosed. Since coming back I'm trying to do all I can to help the village. You also may be interested in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw_bXcgW_9A The video will show you some of the elementary schoolers which you can directly benefit! If you're interested, please email me and I'd be happy to give you the address of the school in Namibia.

Greg Dodds says

Nov 24, 2009

Hi Gary

I recently spent some time in Samoa, and visited Mulifanua School (on Upolu Island), for children of all ages/grades. Although they would love a photocopier there, a laptop would be awesome for them.

Cheers, Greg.

alvarotres says

Nov 24, 2009

Some of my students will love it.
I teach art and design in a highschool in Bogotá, Colombia.
write me,


ZM says

Nov 25, 2009

Riddle Elementary in Lansing, MI could be a good choice. The school is in an economically depressed area and is a hub for all ESL children entering the district, the school's test scores as a result are pretty low and this type of technology could be a tremendous help to language learning. Just a thought. Loved the documentary, by the way.

Susan says

Nov 30, 2009

I donated mine to the Illinois Math and Science Academy, http://wiki.laptop.org/go/IMSA The great thing about them is that they have a curriculum that centers around the XOs, so you know that it will be put to good use.

chris says

Dec 01, 2009

Hi, loved both Objectified and Helvetica.

I like the design of the XO laptop and the interface.

My friend bought a set the other day. I asked him what he would do with them "just F with them and then give them away"

So I say, what the F are you going to do with 2 XO laptops? What the F will a school do with 2 XO laptops? I would instead find out other schools that have already gotten a few? Or perhaps a school considering using them?

Manjiri says

Dec 10, 2009

It would be great if you could donate the laptops to the school run by Lok Biradari Prakalp in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra state in India. The school and the hospital are run by Magasaysay Award winners, Dr. Prakash and Dr Mandakini Amte for the Madia tribals that live in this forest area.
You can find more information on this website: http://www.lokbiradariprakalp.org/

I am sure that your donation would mean a lot to these young children.
Thanks and all the best for your noble endeavor.

- Manjiri

Some more info about the school:
A residential school (1st to 12th Standard) was started in 1976 for the tribal children now giving free education to nearly 650 students. They are provided with hostel accommodation and given free lodging and boarding facilities. All education material is also provided free of cost to them. Apart from the formal education, they are also provided vocational training and guidance, which will be useful in their day to day life. e.g.- practical training in farming, seed production, dairy, bamboo craft, ceramic art, greeting cards, tailoring, health education etc. These programmes are aimed at the survival of the tribals and all efforts have been made to bring about awareness of social rights and duties through continued dialogue and social exposure.

Damon Tompkins says

Dec 15, 2009

Loved both Helvetica and Objectified. Try the KIPP Academy in Houston, Texas. Great charter schools serving underprivileged students.

Good luck!

Karin says

Dec 16, 2009

Please remember, from the mission statement of One Laptop per Child: ...To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children... so please forget about children in the US, hospitals in rich countries etc.

Maybe you can find something here: http://www.savethechildren.net/alliance/what_we_do/rewritethefuture/index.html

Niko Bellanti says

Jan 02, 2010

The Cambodian Schools Project. They are trying to get laptops to the children of the schools that have been built in rural areas.I'm working on their new website to be up soon and coincidentally, one of the board members just mentioned 2 XO laptops.

Adriana says

Jun 17, 2010

Hi Gary,

I used to work for an organization (www.globalexplorers.org) that travels across the world with american teens to inspire them and get them out into the world. The experience always opens their eyes to the greater world around them. Thus, when they visit, they typically leave behind gifts with the communities they visit. These would great for the children in the international communities.


Priyanka Kamath says

Jun 22, 2010

I'm sure you've passed them along already, but if for some reason they haven't made it out to the mail box, check this out:

Concerned for Working Children is an organization in India that is doing some really great work.

They have set up a school in rural south India and training kids in vocational studies—i.e. tailoring, electrician, construction to help lift kids out of the cycle of child labor. They even have orphans in their campus whom they teach basic education.


Chris says

Jul 28, 2010

Youthville in Kansas. Those kids need all the breaks they can get.