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

Seth Woodworth seth at isforinsects.com
Thu Dec 20 12:14:44 EST 2007

I would really like there to be dialog between XO children in these
countries and XO children in ours.  People may feel unconnected to a
massacre or famine in Rwanda if they see it on tv, but not if it's one of
their children's playmates.

I agree with Todd that direct sponsorships might be pretty hard to set up
and/or manage.  But some method of communication or hopping over the
jabber-based remote mesh software would be a great idea.  Unfortunately that
mesh software is still immature and being worked on very hard, daily.  I
don't even know what mechanism would be required for this sharing to happen.

I wonder if this is documented on the wiki anywhere.  I'll go write up an
example using starcraft's battlenet... :)


On Dec 20, 2007 6:58 AM, Todd Kelsey <tekelsey at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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