While the true purpose and meaning of the One Laptop per Child project has been highly debated here in TechSpot, I'm one of those who strongly believe that every bit of aid helps and counts. Coming from a South American background myself, I can tell there is a lot of poverty around, and children who are at early stages of its education have no real reach to the amount of information that ideally they should have in today's globalized world. It is entirely my opinion that there is enough goodwill from local educators who don't even get paid much, but are highly motivated in watching children progress on its scholar development. Using a rugged laptop combined with an Internet connection could be of immense aid to students who are seeking to further enrich their education.
Peru, one of the developing nations in the region, has made the biggest order for the XO laptops so far at 270,000+ units, with the first batch already making it to schools in rural areas and raising students interest.
Despite of the higher than anticipated price, it would seem like the rugged laptops are still the best fit for such an environment. Uruguay has also ordered 100,000 XOs, and according to an OLPC spokesperson, some 150,000 more laptops will make it to countries that include Rwanda, Mongolia, Haiti, and Afghanistan in early 2008 thanks to the "Give One, Get One" promotion offered in the U.S.