Haiti has been devastated by the recent earthquake. Official estimates are that 110,000 people died and in the Port-au-Prince area, 75% of schools were destroyed. We are exploring what we can to support the children and schools we have been working with there. People on the ground in Haiti urgently needsanitation, water, food, and shelter.
Please consider donating to one of these aid groups working on essential services on the ground:
We are doing what we can for the 60 schools that we have been working with in Haiti – primarily planning for the spring after the first phase of rebuilding is underway. We will be sending a group of OLPCorps volunteers to Haiti later this year, and are organizing a used XO drive to recover XOs that can be refurbished and sent to Haiti. Luckily, our Haitian team (technical and in the government) was not hurt in the earthquake, and they are planning to help displaced students get back to school as quickly as possible.
Meanwhile, around the US, people (including our own Adam Holt and Tim Falconer) have been gathering in CrisisCamps to brainstorm ways to better use collaborative technology to help groups on the ground. If you are technically-minded, there is a real demand for programmers and interface designers to help some of these projects thrive.
We want free ruggedized XO Laptops running Linux (with Wifi, browser, kids’ learning activities and a whole lot more) to go to aid/reconstruction groups who quickly explain to us their need. We’re in discussions with 5 so far, but want you to help us find many more aid/reconstruction groups and initiatives that can leverage our work. Supplies are limited, but we will do our human best to consider all genuinely committed groups — please request/explain your need today at: firstname.lastname@example.org