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One Laptop Per Child To Cut Staff By Half

In another sign of the growing financial strain on nonprofit groups, the Cambridge-based One Laptop Per Child program is cutting its staff in half.

WBUR's Curt Nickisch reports.

The Cambridge nonprofit makes and sells low power low-cost laptops for children in the developing world. But part of the funding comes from a donation program which founder Nicholas Negroponte says is not raising the needed funds.

NEGROPONTE: Dramatically less than anticipated because of the economy. Also some of the former corporate sponsors have dropped out.

Even so, Negroponte says demand for the laptops is high, and the group's mission continues. The remaining 32 employees will stay on at reduced salaries.

This program aired on January 9, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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