I need to make $399.00 to give a laptop

Give one. Get one.

That’s the proposition of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, whose mission it is to provide laptops to children in developing countries. The idea is to empower these schoolchildren by allowing them access to the kind of technology that has made the U.S. and other technology-centric nations so prosperous. It’ll give the kids tremendous opportunity for education, in a way they’ve never seen before.


Beginning November 12, you can donate a laptop to a child in a developing nation, and another one will be sent to you in recognition of your contribution. (This opportunity ends December 31.) These are incredibly neat computers, and this is the first time it has been offered to the general public. The cost to do this is $399, as the price of one laptop is $200 (and indeed, $200 of the donation is tax-deductible). Give one, get one – One Laptop Per Child

I will be buying an OLPC to support the cause and get a laptop for myself. You can make a donation to me to help fund this purchase. I’ll take this donation button away once $200 (the donation amount) in donations has been reached.

Donate to Elliot’s OLPC Fund:

Current balance: $55.00

For donations of $10 or more, I’ll feature a link to your site here on my blog! (Just comment with the URL you’d like added.)

One Laptop Per Child: Give 1 Get 1

OLPC laptops will also get Sim City for free, which was generously donated by EA.

Here’s a very cool walkthrough of the OLPC’s features. It’s awesome.

(I heard about this project via Leo Laporte, but I was most recently tipped off by John Chow.)

I have actually blogged about One Laptop Per Child before– over one year ago— back when people thought it might debut as the “$100 laptop”. Great to see that it’s almost now reality!

What do you think? Any questions?

8 Responses to “I need to make $399.00 to give a laptop”

  1. drt says:

    Good luck. I worked so hard to raise money for Baby Gratia’s operation and asking for donation as you can read from my blog, but the money finally came from real people that I knew instead of getting donation from my blog visitors. I think you may have better luck if you just ask your visitors to click on the ads but I’m not sure if that is legitimate or not, i.e., whether the advertisers would pay it or not. Anyway, I just wish you good luck. You have a good heart. :lol:

    • Elliot Lee says:

      drt, that is NOT legitimate :) it’s popularly known as click fraud, thus I never ask anyone to click the ads on any of my sites. It’s not really fair to the advertisers– unless, of course, you’re actually interested in buying what they have to offer.

  2. Tom Robinson says:

    I ordered/donated one of these on Monday morning when the program first started. I’m looking forward to getting mine! It’s nice to know that some kid in a developing country will get a laptop because of me too.

    (Also, it’s a pretty great idea they had to have people donate one in order to buy one. It’s sad, but as a somewhat poor college student I would not have donated $200 to them without this program)

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  4. Noz says:

    I made a small contribution as a token of appreciation for the lead in disabling the incredibly loud beep on my T60. Good luck!


  5. […] As of this writing, I’m still $145 short in paying for another child’s laptop… please consider making a donation to my fund. […]

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