Almost exactly two years ago, the One Laptop Per Child launched. I blogged it and was initially very excited! But when I realized it would take a long time before a small NGO working in a country, like say, Cambodia, might be able to purchase a small number of them (less than 100) to outfit a school, I was disappointed.
Tharum was disappointed too.
So, the Sharing Foundation has continued to use our method of getting donated laptops in the US, refurbishing them, and getting them to Cambodia. (And, we can even load them up with KhmerOS!)
So, I was hopeful when I heard about The One Laptop Per Child - XO Giving on NPR yesterday morning and it also reported in the New York Times and ABC news. I was really happy because I immediately thought this would be terrific personal fundraising campaign to get a couple of laptops for the Sharing Foundation college students (like Leng Sopharath) and for the computer school. Even better, the green laptops would match the video blogging kits that Ryanne Hodson and Jay Dedman brought over the month before I brought the same kits to the Cambodian Bloggers Summit.
The press release does not mention whether it is going to be possible to designate the recipient! So, it makes very difficult to get motivated to do a fundraising campaign for some unknown recipient. Good fundraisers also know that fundraising campaigns are more effective when you can put a face to the cause, according to recent research.
You can sign up on the page to get an email notification for more details when the campaign launches in November. So, maybe they will make it easier for people who want to support specific schools and children.
Virginia Debolt who covers the technology beat at BlogHer has a great roundup of the reactions. TechSoup Blog also reports.