[Air-l] Fwd: [school-discuss] $100.00 laptop

Paul Chenoweth chenowethp at mail.belmont.edu
Mon Oct 3 03:53:38 PDT 2005

Ouch! I do not doubt your experience in Africa, however, your comment
sounds like a terribly generalised condemnation of an entire continent.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Denise N. Rall" <denrall at yahoo.com>
Date: Monday, October 3, 2005 5:23 am
Subject: RE: [Air-l] Fwd: [school-discuss] $100.00 laptop

> Okay, 
> Great on the $100 laptop. But how many people on this
> list have actually worked in Africa? 
> Well I have, and I lived in a locked compound on an
> agricultural resarch station and the number one
> problem on the station was theft. I had a full time
> cook who checked up on my house during the day and a
> guard that patrolled the buildings at night.
> All I had in the building was some furniture, a lamp
> and some clothes, no computers. I had a camera in
> there. The computers were kept elsewhere in a double
> locked room. The gates to the compound were also
> locked at night. There were as I mentioned, patrolling
> guards.
> Down the road from us was the power station.  It was
> surrounded by a DOUBLE barbed wire fence with a height
> of at least 2.5 meters. To keep people from stealing
> the electrical wire.
> Well and fine but how long are those laptops going to
> stay in the hands of the children they are meant to
> help. Maybe if the kid also has a handy AK-47.
> Cheers, Denise
> Denise N. Rall, PhD candidate, School of Environ. Science,
> Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW 2480 
> Sustainable Forestry Mentoring Coordinator & Internet Researcher
> Room T2.12, +61 (0)2 6620 3577 Tuesdays or Mobile 0438 233 344
> http://www.scu.edu.au/schools/rsm/staff/pages/drall/index.html
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