I remember reading something about this last year and again, tonight, on 60 minutes they repeated an interview with Nicholas Negroponte - co-founder and director of the MIT Media Laboratory that developed a linux OS wireless laptop (cost about $100) for children less fortunate in countries like Cambodia, Nigera, Thailand, Uruguay, etc.
They currently are running a promotion that if you give one pc, you get one delivered to you for a child in your life. For $399 USD you can make a difference in a child's life that wouldn't otherwise attend school nor access the wonderful world wide web. The laptops are kid-durable, can be recharged with either a crank or "salad spinner" type device. The batteries last approx. 12-14 hours. It's quite impressive.
Since November 12th, OLPC has been offering a limited-time Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. During Give One Get One, you can donate the revolutionary XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and also receive one for the child in your life in recognition of your contribution. Thanks to a growing interest in the program, we are extending Give One Get One until the end of the year. You also may donate laptops via our Simply Give and Give Many options. Though the increasing public interest in OLPC, we hope to give many more children the opportunity to grow, explore, learn and express themselves.
I'm thinking of donating at least one. The promotion runs until the end of December this year. Oh, and you get a receipt for $200 that can go towards a tax donation refund.
What an extraordinary opportunity to participate in a program that could make such a difference in a child's life half way around the world. Clicky