Things are getting exciting here as we count down until March 4th (or March 6th, depending on the email announcement), when we make our decision about who will get the next — and last — 200 free laptops sent over to Haiti by OLPC.

Then we’re hoping to do a Waveplace workshop with them in April. Should be lots of fun.

I’ve been in touch with our mentors– both from our workshop last year and our most recent one this past February. I’ve been particularly impressed with the work being done at the Amsai School. They’ve been sending us very detailed weekly reports, and they’ve been doing a great job keeping class organized from day to day.

Dany, the group leader, told me that the students are all learning at different speeds– but the beautiful thing is that when one student understands something, s/he goes to help other students in need.

This is a mindset that I’ve found difficult to cultivate in Haitian schools, where students are so glued to the idea of “cheating” that they can hardly bear to help each other. But when I hear about things like this happening in our computer class, I know that things are moving in the right direction.

Now it’s all about keeping the learning like this going, by bringing more computers and training down to new schools, and also by continuing to support the schools that we have previously worked with in order to ensure a strong program.

Just a few days left before a big decision that we’re excited to make. If you know of an organization that might be interested in some free laptops, give us a holler.

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