Laptops for Haiti?!?

Posted on February 1, 2010. Filed under: Vision | Tags: , |

My good  friend Mike asked puzzled. And  I understood his reaction because I had the same one at first.

Haiti ‘s children don’t need laptops! They need food, shelter, the basic stuff…

I’m grateful that others have the skills and the opportunity to go to Haiti and help with those basic needs.

I applaud their efforts and admire their courage.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills  or opportunity to do so myself.

Almost a month has passed already…It’s time to build Haiti back!

It’s not going to happen overnight and it’s not going to happen by itself.

It starts with everyone doing a little bit, where they are, when they can.

So I’m doing the little bit I can by actively supporting 2 organizations in whose mission I believe.

What motivates and excites me about the One Laptop Per Child / Waveplace project is its potential to impact

the next generation of Haitians,  out of which future parents, citizens, mayors, senators and even presidents will come from.

I see a potential to open the minds of our children to other realities, other worlds,  give them new dreams, broader horizons.

So last Saturday at a CrisisCamp in NYC, when I heard Adam Holt and Allison Bland, exhausted from an early morning train ride from Boston to NY

talked enthusiastically about this project I saw a chance to make a difference.

No matter how small my part would be.

Then I witnessed something awesome:  people were gathering around them,  coming together, rallying around this project.

The ideas started flowing,  out of the box ideas.

Suddenly, a simple translation project request became a movement to revolutionize the educational system  in Haiti.

2 days later, we have a coloring book project under way, translation parties in the works, blogs, websites, publishers/authors

willing to giving us permission to make their children Creole books into e-books, an active and growing online community of a people exchanging ideas and

ready to make a difference in anyway they can. Wow! If we can do that in 2 days, what can we do in 1 week, 1 month, 1 year!

Yes, I realize that it’s a drop in the ocean, but if you could even indirectly impact the future of 1 child of Haiti,

Would it not have been worth your while?

You can help!

Join our community at The New Haiti Project.

Donate 1 hour of your time to translate material from English to Creole

Start here: http://translate.sugarlabs.org/ht/

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I am a vice chair of an organization called the Haitian Education Fund Board. We support education in the diocese of Hinche on the central plateau of Haiti. We support the diocesan bureau of education and the 88 Catholic schools in the diocese. We very much want to support any efforts that improve education and teacher training particularly on the central plateau. One Laptop per Child is a very exciting possibility and I would like to learn more about implementation and evaluation efforts accomplished thus far.

Hi Kathy,
Thanks for your interest.
The pilot is well underway.
The Waveplace blog has several interesting videos and reports on how the pilot is going
Once Tim get back from Haiti at the end of the pilot, he would be a good person to connect with

Take care
Carmina


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