One Laptop per Child is a great concept, but I thought I'd try a similar project. I am Karel Kosman and I'm proposing One Laptop Per Village for the following reasons:
First of all, from my understanding, OLPC is not a full computer and cannot install standard Windows programs, so the computer may be better served as an educational tool for children. What I think Africa needs is tools and knowledge to earn a living through the internet so that it can feed itself (while considering that it could be on the edge of an internet revolution, and may need lots of help considering possible further devastation due to global warming).
Equipped with these tools a village can then earn enough money to hopefully buy a second laptop, train other villagers, possibly also from neighbouring villages, and balloon from there.
My project would include a solar panel and a memory stick so that the villagers can transfer data over the internet through an internet cafe at a neighbouring city, until such time as internet is brought to their village.
The laptops would come with good programs they could teach themselves how to use, with instructions how to learn all the necessary skills. This idea came to me since for the past 15 years I have worked freelance exclusively through the internet, and for the past three years I lived in a truck while traveling around the world, surviving off solar panels on my roof.
I am prepared to drive down to Africa myself, ladened also with OLPC computers, train them myself and help them get set up. If you have any suggestions how I could move forward with this concept I'd be happy to hear from you. You can write to me with your ideas too.