I'm falling a little bit in love with the XO every time I boot it up. Last night, I even managed to get online while sitting on the porch at the hotel we're at in Nairobi -- the Sugar interface is making more and more sense to me. And I'm feeling much less nervous about donating it to a school when we get to western Tanzania -- I'll at least be able to show the kids how to get started, and they can take it from there.
The coolest thing I've learned about it so far: Though you need an Internet connection to get online, you don't need one to network with other XOs. Kids can chat with other kids and share documents without getting online. Cool, right? So far I've only read about this; I'll let you know when I actually accomplish the feat.
As for our little projects: We're getting in touch today with the director of the journalism department at the University of Nairobi -- she specializes in a lot of what we're all interested in. Check her out here.
And we're excited to find that there is a Kiva office right here in Nairobi, doing their microfinance thang. They're on the list of places to visit on our way back through Nairobi.
Tomorrow, we start out for Tanzania and Project Zawadi. While we've had plenty of contact with our US contact, we haven't heard back yet from our local contact, Max. If we can't get in touch, Project Malaika is nearby and the people there know how to reach him. Either way, we'll learn some great stuff and, I hope, contribute something worthwhile. Pictures to come.