Links for 2011-03-17 through 2011-03-27

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A use for that XO Laptop

If you bought an XO laptop through their Give One Get One program, it’s probably sitting and gathering dust. You can finally make it useful. The OLPC foundation is requesting that unused XO laptops be sent to Haiti. That’s what I’ll be doing with mine.

Dear G1G1er,

At the end of 2007 you participated in the Give One Get One program of One Laptop per Child (OLPC). Thanks to you and others like you, 75,000 laptops went to Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Cambodia, Oceania, the West Bank, and Haiti.

An additional 75,000 laptops came into the USA as part of the “get” side of the equation. In some cases those laptops have since been put into closets for one reason or another.

We are gathering additional used XO laptops to send to Haiti. If you or the child to whom you gave the laptop is no longer using it, we appeal again to your generosity and ask you to send it to the address below (even if it is broken).

615 Westport Parkway #500
Grapevine, TX 76051

75% of the schools in Port-au-Prince have been destroyed in the recent earthquake, but by good fortune, none of our Haitian team was hurt. They have spare parts and OLPC technical staff and teachers, and stand prepared to deploy these XOs.

Because of the XO’s unique features (sunlight readability, solar powered, water resistant, drop proof), it is also an ideal tool for relief work.

If your XO is in use, please ignore this email. We only want your broken or unused XOs.


Nicholas Negroponte

The results are in

I got my app store sales report for yesterday and the results were less than dazzling. My sales for the day were just about average and lower than on some normal days. Yesterday’s sales were $42, but my best recent sales day in the last week was $51. Rather than donating yesterday’s sales, I will be donating my highest sales total for the week to Partners In Health.

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In addition, I also bought several other apps and a BassJump yesterday.

Helping Haiti

At final count there are over 140 developers signed up for Indie+Relief. Although they only list PicSlide, I’m donating all of my app sales tomorrow to Partners In Health.

Here are some scenes of the earthquake destruction, set to the song “Haiti” by Arcade Fire.

Arcade Fire’s Régine Chassagne, whose family is from Haiti, wrote a very touching piece about how the earthquake affected her and telling why she endorses Partners In Health:

It is strange that I was introduced to my country by a white doctor from Florida called Paul Farmer who speaks perfect Creole and knows how to pronounce my name right. He is the co-founder of an organisation titled Partners in Health (Zanmi Lasante in Creole). There are several charity organisations that are doing good work in Haiti – Fonkoze is a great micro-lending organisation – but in terms of thorough medical care, follow-up and combining of parallel necessary services (education, sanitation, training, water, agriculture), there is none that I could ­recommend more than Partners in Health. It takes its work for the Haitian people very seriously and, indeed, most of the staff on the ground are Haitian. PIH has been serving the poorest of the poor for more than 20 years with a curriculum that really astounded me, given the limited resources available in the area.

Visiting its facilities, I was overwhelmed by, and impressed with, the high-level, top-quality services provided in areas where people own next to nothing and were never given the opportunity to learn how to sign their own name. I was delightfully shocked to see the radically positive impact it has had in the communities it serves. Of course, during my visit, I saw some clinics and hospitals that were at different stages than others, but through it all, I could clearly see that PIH staff are very resourceful and set the bar extremely high for themselves. I know that, right now, they are using their full capacities to save as many lives as possible.

So in these critical times where death comes every minute, I urge you to donate to Partners in Health ( and be as generous as you can. I know from having talked to some staff that they are on the ground right now, setting up and managing field hospitals as well as receiving the injured at their clinics in the surrounding areas.

You can follow Partners In Health on Twitter and see the great work they’re doing.

Help Haiti

There are a few very simple things you can do to help Haiti:

  • Text the word YELE to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti.
  • Text the word HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to International Red Cross.
  • Donate to Partners In Health

If you know other ways to help or have any other suggestions, leave a comment.

Win & Regine of Arcade Fire write:

Haiti needs your help in her darkest hour.

We just got off the phone with our friends at Partners in Health.

Most of the medical infrastructure in Port-au-Prince is down.

Since Partners in Health’s clinics are in situated the surrounding areas and haven’t been damaged, they are mobilizing their resources towards the capital, setting-up field hospitals to treat the injured on the ground.

Also, Paul Farmer (the founder of PIH) is at the UN and has access to the best information on where to direct the money… so for the moment if you want to help, we suggest sending funds to:

Please be generous as time is of the essence.
Win and Regine
these photos convey some of what is going on.