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One Laptop per Child is not about a machine, it’s about a movement—and we’d love you to be a part of it. The first and most important way you can join in is by donating one or more laptops at But there’s lots of other ways to participate. You can host your own fundraising drive, help at a nearby pilot program, or simply telling your friends about OLPC and helping spread the word.

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Give One, Get One

The Give One, Get One program is a chance for you to donate an XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and to purchase an XO laptop for yourself.  This allows OLPC to give away thousands of laptops to places like Ethiopia, Mongolia and Rwanda. 

Our Mission is to create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning

The XO laptop is what enables us to achieve our mission.  The XO laptop is build for children, it is made to be carried to school, dropped, and used in rural areas.  Because it is low-power and can be used outside, the XO can be used in areas where other laptops would be useless.

Sugar is the name of the software on the XO.  It is a special learning invronment created for children, and based on the research of Seymour Papert and others.  It is a system that lets a child spend time learning learning, and not just learning computers. Sugar is free software, can be run on other machines, and is build on linux.

A rich community of volunteers and users works with OLPC to help us expand our reach and improve education for children.  Our community works on everything from emailing users who need help, to writing new software activities, to helping us send bring laptops to new places.

If you want to become a part of OLPC, help us in our mission, and even receive a laptop yourself, please visit

Children in Bhagmalpur, India

The XO gamepad disassembled

Sugar Home View

OLPC has a large community of volunteers