The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) group is urging people to send unused XO laptops to the children of Haiti.

The not-for-profit organisation developed the XO - a low-cost, low-power netbook designed to give children in developing countries a chance to learn computer skills.

OLPC said that unused XO laptops can be sent to the US to be forwarded on to Haitai, while broken laptops can also be returned as they can be recycled for spare parts.

OLPC manufacturers the XO, a low-cost, low-power netbook aimed at children in developing countries

"75 percent of the schools in Port-au-Prince have been destroyed in the recent earthquake, but by good fortune, none of our Haitian team was hurt," said Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of One Laptop per Child.

"OLPC technical staff and teachers are prepared to work with the government and NGOs to deploy XOs to children who now have no school to go to. Because of the XO's unique features (sunlight readability, solar powered, water resistant, drop proof), it is an ideal tool for relief work."

For more details visit OLPC's dedicated webpage.

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