My project will provide educational and recreational opportunities for the kids in Los Tocones, The Dominican Republic, by providing them with used baseball equipment, and basic computer knowledge by supplying them with laptop computers designed and built for students in developing countries.

I will work with  Shari OstrowScher and Howard Scher, who started their project when they visited the Dominican Republic with Chris Doherty, and they created the school library and stocked the shelves with over 700 donated Spanish-language books. After they talked to my Sunday School class about their project, I was inspired to join their cause. They asked me to help them with a collection of used baseball equipment and I graciously accepted. But I wasn't satisfied. I chose to help obtain used baseball equipment and I took on their additional idea of providing the  students with laptop computers. I will provide as many laptop computers as One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), the organization with the laptops, will provide at no cost. For the major part of my project, I will write a quick-start guide with the help of Troop 1066 based on the different activities on XO laptop in both English and Spanish. As of July 12th, this has been complete, though mywork with the town will continue for years to come.

The bulk of this project has been completed and the guides went into initial testing, and the second update of the manual has been uploaded.


  • A quick update - Eagle! I am currently applying for my eagle scout - about time, I know!
    Posted Nov 22, 2010, 8:43 PM by Benji Smith
  • Version 2.0 is here! https://sites.google.com/site/laptopsforthedominican/the-workbookYou can find the second edition of the English and the Spanish workbooks on the link above. Enjoy!
    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 9:30 AM by Benji Smith
  • Some letters from our friends I asked some of the kids to write down why they would like more computers. I have them translated below:"I can ask you a question? I can have my ...
    Posted Sep 6, 2010, 12:19 PM by Benji Smith
  • It has been a while... I am finally home from my summer travels and have put a lot of work into the project since I got home - buffing up the guide, translating, communication with the ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2010, 12:21 PM by Benji Smith
  • A dialog on our journey - days 4-7 Day 4 (Friday): Today started nice and early as well. I woke up this morning to quite a different scene – no breakfast. This left me very hungry and very tired ...
    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 8:55 AM by Benji Smith
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