we need XOs for haitian pilot in ten days

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we need XOs for haitian pilot in ten days

Postby teefal » Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:04 am

Hi,

Waveplace is a non-profit starting an XO pilot in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, in ten days. OLPC was going to be giving us laptops, but it fell through, which is why I'm trying to get twenty XOs from elsewhere.

Your laptop may end up in the hands of one of the most needy children in the Western Hemisphere. The school where the laptop will be sent is run by Susie Scott Krabacher, who has been the Mother Theresa of Haiti for 15 years. In fact, a major motion picture is being made about her life right now, based upon her autobiography:

http://www.amazon.com/Angels-Lower-Flig ... 416535144/

You could really help by agreeing to sell us your laptop. We've only got ten days to get the laptops to Miami, as we're leaving for Haiti on Feb 17th.

To see the kids that will get them, watch this video, which we shot last month:
http://waveplace.com/locations/haiti/

Susie's organization:
http://haitichildren.com/
(click slideshow to see the conditions)

To read an article by Susie from our newsletter:
http://waveplace.com/news/newsletter/web.jsp?id=2

One way or another, we'll be in Haiti in ten days. Please help us bring more laptops.
Please pass the word, and if you have a laptop to sell, click contact on the Waveplace site.

Thank you!

Tim Falconer
Waveplace Foundation
http://waveplace.com
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Re: we need XOs for haitian pilot in ten days

Postby teefal » Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:39 pm

Hi everyone,

An update on our quest ... over the weekend, we've received eleven donated laptops from G1G1 recipients and have managed to buy twelve on Ebay.

If we get one more donated laptop, we'll reach our goal of 24 for our trip this weekend. Even better, the donated laptops even out the Ebay prices to make each laptop cost an even $200 apiece.

If you have a laptop you'd like to donate, contact us at http://waveplace.com/contact. Any past the 24 will go towards our pilot in St Vincent next month.

Also, many have asked what "fell through" with OLPC. Our Haiti project came up very quickly for us and we had talked with OLPC in January about getting some of the donated laptops going to Haiti, but this wasn't possible in time for our previously scheduled trip next week. We still hope to get more OLPC laptops for the rest of the 800+ students at the Mercy & Sharing schools.

Thanks again,
Tim
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Re: we need XOs for haitian pilot in ten days

Postby teefal » Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:09 am

Today we're starting our pilot in Haiti, at one of the Mercy & Sharing schools in Port-Au-Prince. Our very own Bill Stelzer, leader of our St John pilot, will be teaching Emile Roulsa Jean and two others to become Haiti's first Waveplace mentors. They'll then start a ten-week pilot using the nineteen laptops we were able to receive in time.

Our greatest thanks go to the ten kind souls who donated their XOs last weekend, along with David Weinberger, Jerry Michalski, and Wayan Vota for helping spread the word. David & Jerry are A-List blogerati and Wayan runs OLPC News, which published my article last weekend.

For those that have wondered, we're going it alone in Haiti, with none of the laptops donated by OLPC's G1G1 program going to Mercy & Sharing. Our goal is to raise $250,000 to purchase one thousand laptops and train enough mentors and teachers to really engage the kids and get them excited about education.

We met with the Haitian government yesterday and plan to share our discoveries freely with them. They're working directly with OLPC, though they're interested in our experiences as well. They'll be at the laptop unveiling today.

Again, thank you everyone for your kindness and your encouragement. Stay tuned for more video from Haiti next week.
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Re: we need XOs for haitian pilot in ten days

Postby teefal » Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:43 pm

Today I read some very nice comments from a few of the people who donated their XO laptops to children in our Haiti pilot. Last week I posted photos of the children that got their laptops as well as a new video.

Emily Davidow wrote:Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in this wonderful program! Seeing the pictures and movie made me so happy. Looking forward to following the progress in Haiti and all your programs through the newsletter.


David Weinberger wrote:I can’t say much makes me happier than this photo of the One Laptop Per Child laptop I donated in the hands of its owner. (I had done the “buy two, get one” program, and then donated the laptop they’d sent me. That’s the one you see here.) Thank you, Waveplace, for doing this, and for letting me see what you do.


Harlan Limpert wrote:I’m so appreciative of this link to the photo of the young girl that received out XO laptop. It’s given me an additional opportunity to “plug” the good work of Waveplace.


I'm loving seeing the connection made between people. Several people sent photos of themselves holding their XO, so the kids could see where they came from.
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pilot on hold due to protests

Postby teefal » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:33 pm

An update ...

We have put our pilot on hold until the situation in Port-Au-Prince becomes more stable. The last week has been very unstable with many protesting due to lack of food, as these videos show:

Crowds in the streets:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=FK9mskqzKcg

Peacekeepers with rubber bullets outside the presidential palace:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=JPYBEJnsb0M

The pilot children and staff are safe, though they have only a week of food, with all markets in the city closed. I spoke with our mentor in Haiti today and he is optimistic that the situation will calm down soon.
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