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Monday, February 28, 2011

Fundraiser Report: Thanks So Much!

Thanks to everyone who attended our fundraiser on Friday-- it was a hit and I was so happy to see so many great faces!

We successfully raised $280 in t-shirt and photography sales as well as a wine + chocolate tasting at the event.

We have also raised $275 in online t-shirt sales and donations so far...which brings us to $555 so far for our efforts!!

Thanks for all of the donations so far-- please keep purchasing t-shirts and sending donations so that we can raise the $2,000 we need for a new infrastructure in our laptop program!

Thank you so much!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Buy! Buy! Buy!

T-Shirts are for sale. Click here to place an order! They cost $20 each plus shipping and handling. A steal when you realize that ALL proceeds benefit our program!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

They are Praying

Just had a great convo with Mirian today, one of the teachers at São João.

She told me that the computers have lots of problems -- maybe 17 of them are broken and they are trying to fix them (screen problems and keyboard issues), not including broken chargers and power strips -- but they are fighting to keep class going with everything they have.

I told her about our fundraiser next Thursday in Washington, DC and she was very excited to hear about it.   She said that all of the teachers there will be praying that we make a lot of money for the program.

I've been thinking that we might need to train a local techie in São Tomé, as well as a coordinator. I think we could get away with training a techie $100 per month or something like that. The coordinator would probably need to make more, about $200 to $250 USD per month. An annual budget of $5,000 for these human resources is something we could potentially work with-- if not seeing if the Ministry of Education can provide.

A meeting next week with the Portuguese Trade and Investment Office is in the works. Lots of prayers to go around over the next week for a good turnout and good things to come from Beth driving all the way up the east coast to New York!

If you haven't spread the word yet, please come next week to the STEP UP OLPC fundraiser at the Hillyer Art Space off Dupont Circle in DC. It's on Thursday, Feb 24th at 6pm and it's free with a $5 suggested donation (and lots more suggested donations). We'll also be selling STEP UP OLPC t-shirts, photography done by the kids and we'll have some great music and food.

The Facebook event can be found at

Please come.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Get a shirt!!

Now accepting pre-orders for the coolest shirt you will ever receive!!

Only $20ea plus shipping.

Send me an email at with the number of shirts you would like, the sizes and your shipping address. Then we'll organize payment, likely through PayPal.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Hope everyone can make it to our fundraiser at the Hillyer Art Space off Dupont Circle in Washington, DC on Thursday, February 24th at 6pm!

Millions of thanks to the VOICES crew for organizing this. It's going to be a great event!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Great news!

Great news! Class has resumed as they have been able to fix the power strips. Still hoping to get some new chargers and some power strips with surge protectors so the chargers don't break...but still, great that class has started again!

Olá  Elizabeth
Graças a Deus já reparamos as tomadas.As aulas de informáticas estão a decorrer quase a 100%.


Please click the button below to donate to STEP UP OLPC to support the São João school's computer program in São Tomé:

Donate $200 and you will be paying for a computer for at least FIVE very special children at São João (as estimated computer life is five years). Thanks so much!

Want your donation to be tax-deductible? Send a check to STeP UP with OLPC in the memo. Then mail it to:

Eric McClafferty
Kelley and Drye
3050 S St. NW, #400
Washington, DC 20007