So, I (along with a bunch of other people, apparently) got an email today updating me on the status of the OLPC G1G1 laptops.
Your donated XO laptop will soon be delivered into the hands of a child in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti, Mongolia or Rwanda. In one of our recipient children’s own words, “I want to thank you people because you had given us the laptop and I love it so much.” Your generosity will make a world of difference in these children’s lives, and in the future of their respective countries.
Thanks to your early action, your XO laptop is scheduled to be delivered between December 14 and December 24. Our “first day” donors are our highest priority and we are making every effort to deliver your XO laptop(s) as soon as possible. We will send you an update upon shipment.
To me, that’s pretty good news. I hadn’t really expected to get the laptop terribly early in December, so having a week-and-a-half timeframe helps greatly to make me less anxious about when it’ll arrive. It does look like there is indeed a benefit to ordering on the first day, so I’m glad I managed to do that. It also looks like the promised laptops will also make it to children in other countries soon, which helps assuage fears that perhaps the money would go into a “general operating fund” (which wouldn’t be bad, but it’s nicer to know that a specific child was helped, rather than the organization in general).