The One Laptop Per Child initiative seeks to provide rugged, easy-to-use laptops for kids in impoverished countries (Rwanda, Haiti, Cambodia, Afghanistan). This is a cause I've been really interested in for a few years, as they've gotten up to speed.
If you read the website, you'll see that these are some really cool machines, especially for little kids (but teens and adults can use them for Internet and basic word-processing). They can be run off solar sources, car batteries, or hand cranks.
Right now (through Dec 31), they're having a deal called "Give One, Get One," which, if you donate $399, they'll send one laptop to a kid in a poor country, and you get one to play with yourself. The interface is NOT Windows, and it's very easy for kids to use. Plus it has a lot of features like a camera, mic/speakers, gamepad, long-range wi-fi, etc, and it's really rugged.
If you're interested, go to the link below. It's a good cause, a tax write-off, and you get a cool and inexpensive computer for yourself. I think I'm going to get one of these, and I'll bring it into class to show you.
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