[Olpc-open] "adopt a child" type programs in G1G1 OLPC areas??

Todd Kelsey tekelsey at gmail.com
Thu Dec 20 09:58:55 EST 2007

Tom - don't know personally of any adopt a child type programs; I think one
thing to work towards might be a school to school program though. I am not
"against" a sponsorship program but I have a friend who runs a number of
orphanages in cambodia and other areas of the world, and they specifically
choose not to do sponsorships -- they used to, but he said what ends up
happening in his experience is that many people lose interest after time and
then the children are devastated. The only thing I can think of as a
solution that still accepts the gracious intent of sponsorship is some kind
of group sponsorship, so that if some lose interest, there are still others.
This could be through a school, a community/church group, etc. -- there may
also be organizations that have some solution to it.

at the same time, if someone does keep up with it, it can be interesting; i
think i had a friend who sponsored a child through compassion international,
and kept with it, and met the person, who had graduated from school, etc. --
perhaps a group of friends could make a new friend.

On Dec 20, 2007 8:07 AM, Tom Stewart <laptop at tastewar.com> wrote:

> I see that the donated G1G1 laptops "will reach a child in
> Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti, Mongolia or Rwanda in early 2008." Does
> anyone know of any adopt a child type programs that would target the
> areas where the laptops are going? We've been considering doing this,
> and it would be a nice connection if my kids would be sharing the XO
> experience with someone whom the machine was targeted for.
> BTW, I always thought that the abbreviation for the "Give One Get One"
> program should have been GOGO.
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