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"My name is Zimi.
I am 7 years old.
I came from a place you've never heard of,
a country that you can not pronounce,
a continent you would rather forget.

Our only problem is access to education,
with education we will solve our own problems.

To the person who gave me this XO laptop;
thank you.
You have changed my world."

See: laptop.org for more information

Arindam "mak" Ghosh, perkyNbLue, and 4 other people added this video to their favorites.

  1. gospideygo2 63 months ago | reply

    I want to say that advertisement angers me with its many flaws.

    While properly created to make people feel bad about themselves for not knowing the country (or being able to pronounce it), this does not help the problem. Where is this child? If I bought a laptop, where exactly is it going? How dare you underestimate my capabilities to know where a country in this world is, and how to say it. It would HELP the cause (God forbid) to tell the viewer the country.

    Also, when cute little Zimi says"our only problem is eduaction", that seems hard to believe. It is true that those who are educated can rise out of poverty, but that is not the ONLY problem. Zimi even says in the very next sentence that other problems will be solved with education, so there HAVE to be other problems. Great job manipulating people's emotions to make them feel horrible. While this may work, I hope you actually give the kids laptops. I hope you don't keep a profit and you tell them the truth, because you aren't telling US the truth.

    I am very turned off to the idea of giving a child a laptop in this way, because of this advertisement. I have seen the advertisements for the XO laptops before and been very curious, but I don't believe this a worthwhile investment anymore. Personally, I cannot trust the company to give this child a better future without giving themselves one first.

    I will help in better ways.

    I hope I'm wrong.

  2. cristianoluc [deleted] 62 months ago | reply

    "If you see a starving don't give him rice: teach him to cultivate it."
    (Confucius)

  3. TinEye Bub 61 months ago | reply

    Lack of education is the root problem. All other problems stem from it.

  4. Agent_Walker 60 months ago | reply

    gospideygo2,
    How can you say something like that? They are just stating the facts. It is obviously a country in Africa. And no, Africa is not a country it is a continent. You are terribe in saying that they are being manipulative. It is the truth so how dare you say something like that.And why do you have a problem with the company? Do you trust anyone or are you that arrogant? Of course there are other problems. That is why they cannot get an education. why dont you educate your ownself before you go making judgments. I am really sad to hear that a lot of ppl just dont get it. Look into their situation more and stop worrying about yourself so much.

  5. MarshunMartin 59 months ago | reply

    Exactly, gospideygo2. I actually found Zimi's message (even though it could hardly be more obvious that she's just reciting something that the OLPC people want us to hear) until the line "a continent you would rather forget." How dare they use Zimi like this for their ploy to try (pretty badly) to get us to give to the OLPC project.

    My compassion hasn't changed -- at least for people like Zimi. I still dedicate much of my time and money to helping people in poverty. It's always been out of compassion, not guilt like OLPC wants me to feel. It's now much harder for me to respect the OLPC people. They have the right approach, but a horrible attitude about it.

    "Personally, I cannot trust the company to give this child a better future without giving themselves one first. "
    Right on.

    "gospideygo2,
    How can you say something like that? They are just stating the facts. It is obviously a country in Africa. And no, Africa is not a country it is a continent. You are terribe in saying that they are being manipulative. It is the truth so how dare you say something like that.And why do you have a problem with the company? Do you trust anyone or are you that arrogant? Of course there are other problems. That is why they cannot get an education. why dont you educate your ownself before you go making judgments. I am really sad to hear that a lot of ppl just dont get it. Look into their situation more and stop worrying about yourself so much. "

    Way to go, ignoring basically everything gospideygo2 wrote and making ignorant accusations ("Do you trust anyone or are you that arrogant?" "Look into their situation more and stop worrying about yourself so much") just like OLPC.

  6. Dustin L Smith 55 months ago | reply

    The majority of people who do not live in environments such as Zimi have no way of understanding what their world is like. Throughout our daily lives we do not even think of "them" let alone focus on what types of problems "they" have. This is what was meant by the words "I came from a place you've never heard of, a country that you can not pronounce, a continent you would rather forget." The words were not written to call its reader unintelligent, they were meant as a reminder to the needs of others outside of our own world.

    Taking a personal offense to this ad's wording shows a great need to be a part of something bigger in your own life. It is only waiting to be found.

    Guilt comes from within. Do not blame others for your own guilt.
    You do not need to create an excuse here NOT to buy one. Just don't buy one. No one thinks any less of you for not supporting, but writing what you wrote does.

    This ad captures the true enjoyment a child receives from acquiring one of these laptops. It's purpose is to show to the viewer how much of an impact can be made by their support.

    Places such as Zimi's have numerous problems, but as mentioned above, "If you see a starving man, don't give him rice: teach him to cultivate it." (Confucius), this solution starts the process of solving all others.

  7. HannaLINDS12 36 months ago | reply


    So what if they don't tell you the country?
    He's right. Do you every single country in Africa? Can you pronounce them? Every morning you woke up do you think about people in Africa? No you dont.
    Yes they have a lot of problems but education can make them solve their problems. This people are held down by ignorance. If they know what's going with the world, with their country, their politics, if they learn new ideas by researching in their laptop they will advance. Any kind of trade leads to advancement. And of course the ad is meant to make you feel compassion. If it offends you that's fine, it doesn't make the project any worse or any better.

  8. lois_mac 26 months ago | reply

    It really doesn't matter the exact country where Zimi resides because the problem of educating children in third world countries on the continent is pervasive. Keep in mind, children in small villages are isolated from the rest of the world. And will remain cut off from modern societies until we take an active role in eradicating their improvished circumstances. When we educate children we are mentoring future leaders. Educated people build schools and hospitals. The educated become city planners that design and manage infrastructures that build roads that links villages to cities. The educated become engineers that deliver and manage electricity grids, clean drinking water, and sewerage systems. The creators of this concept, one- laptop- per- child are amazing visionaries. I appreciate the sensibility of their efforts to hook-up the world in far away places with the rest of the world; because that is a world that I wish to see . Marketing any product requires the use of the art of persuasion. It works . . . and the proof is in all the crap we have stuffed in closets. Many of the things that are purchased are mostly things that we want, and rarely things that we need. We buy stuff because we are touched on some emotional level. So the video is a marketing tool that is designed to appeal to our humanity! And that's a good thing. I'm sure I can get an amen when I say, we are tired of fighting wars. We are sick of the grief caused by young men and women returning home in body bags, and with debilitated injuries. If you are doubtful. . .try to imagine a world where children around the universe are given the opportunity to communicate with other children . . . Someone recently conveyed that it is difficult to have an enemy when you are up close . . .that is what the internet does . . .bring us closer . . the world seem smaller . . .those in distant places become our neighbors . . .and if we're lucky . . .friends. It is nearly impossible to raise a child to become a terrorist when he sees himself as a neighbor of others in this world. Let's not rely on oppressive leaders and warlords who spread negative propaganda about America and our allies to their youth . . .why not ensure direct access to the world outside of their homeland? It is sometimes necessary to lift our heads out of the sand in order to see the world around us, and recognize how technology can facilitate peace . .. think Arab Spring . . .

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