How will laptops help the children of Lesotho?
Laptops will benefit the children of Lesotho by giving them a way to communicate with people around the world and allowing them to see beyond their village. The laptops will also provide them with software tools to help them think critically and solve problems in their community. They will also be a great resource for the school to implement into their lessons. In the following short YouTube videos, two students explain how XO laptops are helping them in their goals of becoming a nurse and a teacher.
We chose to distribute these laptops in Lesotho because we're passionate about the people of Lesotho. The people of Lesotho face many obstacles. They're struggling to overcome one of the highest rates of HIV infection in Africa, and most people make barely enough to survive. These laptops will help the children further their education and improve their future.
You've already delivered laptops to the school - what's next?
Our first major goal is to continue working closely with the teachers. We want to help them maintain and advance their computer skills and to help them develop lessons and classroom materials using the laptops. Our second major goal is to expand the solar power system so that the laptops can be used more often. We also want to develop a more comprehensive method of evaluating the real gains of this project. We're also working on expanding our project to Kokobe Primary School.
How much does it cost to provide a laptop?
We buy used XO laptops on the open market and refurbish them ourselves. The average cost over the life of a laptop is just $7 per child per year for one laptop (assuming the laptop is shared between 4 children in different classes) and $7 per child per year for training. There's a one-time cost of $13 per child to provide solar power to charge the laptop.
Is Laptops to Lesotho a nonprofit organization?
Yes, we're registered as a nonprofit organization with the Idaho Secretary of State. If you're interested, you can view our articles of incorporation, by-laws, and our conflict of interest policy by following the links. We're also registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which means all donations are tax deductible. You can view our IRS Form 1023 and attachments, as well as our Letter of Determination from the IRS, by following the links.