DHL, One Laptop Per Child send laptops to Haiti
DHL Express, an express delivery and logistics company, said it has partnered with the One Laptop per Child Foundation to deliver more than 2,000 laptops to Haiti for use by students and schools hit by the big earthquake.
The One Laptop Per Child Foundation of Cambridge was established with the goal of bringing the world's children a low-price laptop. Its founder is Nicholas Negroponte, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor. The foundation offers its laptops for sale to governments of developing countries, which can then distribute the machines to poor school children.
In a press release, DHL Express said it is donating its transportation network and logistics expertise for delivery of the refurbished “XO” laptops, a unique laptop developed by The One Laptop per Child foundation.
In a statement, Negroponte said, "Providing each child with a connected, rugged, hand-cranked or solar-powered laptop, to use at home and in school, provides a unique learning experience and makes each child an agent of change."
(The photo that appears with this post shows a young student from India working on a One Laptop Per Child laptop. The photo credit is AFP/Getty Images.)