Hi, my name is Cris Anderson, I am an XO fan. My mom loves the OLPC initiative, and donated during the G1G1 stage. After it arrived, I started using it and figuring it out quite a bit. I also have the OLPC News Blog in my RSS feeds where I read it daily.
In the past couple days, I noticed all the news that is going on with OLPC Mongolia. I lived in Mongolia for two years as an English teacher and church missionary. About half of my time was in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, and the other half was in various countryside areas. I learned to speak Mongolian very well, and really came to love the people and the country.
I can see how the OLPC will be helpful to children in that country. I am excited to see that the laptops have arrived and are being used as I write. Most kids only get a tiny bit of computer experience on a few school computers, and then in internet and gaming cafes where they can play Counter Strike. Educational computer experience will be a big help. Especially in their own language.
I have unique experience that allows me to help OLPC Mongolia in ways few others can. I have been in both the classrooms as an English teacher and in the ger districts as a missionary. I can use the XO laptop as well as speak fluent Mongolian.
Perhaps most importantly, I understand the situation of the people and the goal of the OLPC initiative. I have the rural connections, the cultural understanding, and the fluent Khalkha Mongolian to do it on their terms, in their homes. Where the Ministry of Education and OLPC will never go.
But I am willing to go. Want to go. And challenge each of you to think of how you can "go" too - be it in person or in action in your own community.