[OLPC-Philippines] Visiting fellow

Sandeep C. sgc0611 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 29 00:37:32 EST 2009

Hi Mel,

Great to know that you're around!

I'm currently in the Philippines and plan to be here for the long term. Just
booked a trip to Boston from Feb 18 to Mar 18 to wrap up affairs there. A
Cambridge meeting between these dates would be ideal as we may have some
action items from the Jan 31 meeting.

Team: Just stumbled across Give Meaning. While we don't have a 501c3
organization, would we consider this option for fundraising?

Let's discuss briefly on Saturday.


On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 8:53 PM, Mel Chua <mel at melchua.com> wrote:

> I'd like to echo Bernie's earlier offer (
> http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/olpc-philippines/2009-January/000378.html)
> with my own, since I'm once again a volunteer with plenty of Free Time on my
> hands, and would love to give something back to the country that my family
> considers "home."
> Some of the folks on this list know me already, but: ako si
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/User:Mchua, OLPC's resident community jack of
> all trades (formally Deployment Support / QA Engineer / Content & Grassroots
> Intern at various points over the last few years). Bernie and I enjoy
> working together and have skill sets that complement each other; I do a lot
> of community work, documentation, reaching out to universities, training,
> starting feedback loops, etc. - basically "everything except development.")
> Instant team, just add planefare + housing.
> If there's a deployment (or deployments) to work on, I'd be glad to advise
> remotely and/or to come out for 2-6 months to help build local capacity
> (volunteer recruitment, training, marketing, requirements analysis, and so
> on) and connecting grassroots efforts here more with the global network of
> contributors. Ultimately, I think this needs to be a local Filipino-run
> initiative; Bernie and I (and other international volunteers) would be
> coming in to help jump-start things. My main interest is in growing local
> educational and technical support communities around deployments as well as
> in spreading advice, results, and stories across the network of community
> deployments.
> If this sounds interesting, I (or Bernie and I) can work with you to draw
> up a more detailed plan for deployments and/or what specific help we can
> provide.
> --Mel
> PS: I'm currently in Boston, still volunteering at the OLPC offices on
> occasion (and working on Sugar Labs as well) - so Sandeep, maybe you, me,
> Marty Cuyegkeng, and the grad students you mentioned should figure out how
> we can follow up on the meeting once notes are posted. :)
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