The laptops are on their way. Yesterday we got our tracking number from DHL, which has graciously agreed to ship our 200 XO laptops to Haiti for free. They’ll be in Port-Au-Prince early next week. The big question is whether they’ll clear customs before next Friday, and how much we’ll be charged by the Haitian government. Place your bets!

We can now officially thank One Laptop Per Child for redonating these 200 laptops to our Waveplace effort from the laptops donated by G1G1 recipients after the earthquake. Their trust in our efforts is both humbling and much appreciated. Special thanks to Adam, Nia, SJ, and Matt for their tremendous support over the last eight weeks. OLPC is an incredible organization, with people that really care about grassroot efforts and community.

Just got my immunizations for Haiti: malaria pills and shots for typhoid, hep A, hep B, H1N1, normal flu, and tetanus. Let’s just say my arms are sore. It was also surprisingly expensive … $650+ with my insurance not covering travel vaccines. The typhoid vaccine takes ten days to kick in, so I’m just under the wire for our trip.

Went to the “helping haiti” MIT class again yesterday, where the focus was on storytelling, which was very cool. Met a woman who has done much work in Armenia, who was a student of Seymour Papert. Also talked to Dale, who is going to Haiti today to make arrangements for the MIT trip to Haiti in late April. We’re hoping some of the students can help Waveplace and Squeakland with courseware development. In fact, I later had dinner with Adam and others, where I think I was able to convince a woman from the class to create a “water-borne illnesses” unit in Etoys. Also talked to Michele, who was just back from a trip to Haiti. He was pleased to hear that I’ve sent 5000 words to Creoletrans to translate (at 20 cents a word) and offered to look over the results once they’re in. From what I hear, Michele is as good as it gets for Creole translation, so this is very good news. Talked with Nia as well, so it was a great last day in Cambridge for me. I go to Pennsylvania tomorrow.

With nine days left until Bill, Beth, and I get on our planes, we’ve got quite a lot still to do. Courseware, translations, laptop prep, communications, fundraising … ee gads! Today, I get to see the Graham & Parks kids again, giving them their own personal laptops given to them from the OLPC community program. We’re going to set things up so they can chat in Creole with the kids down in Haiti. I’m also going to see their stories that they made for the Haiti kids too.

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