totally agree. thats what my family did. donate one abroad and one locally once you receive it. it will not be as useful locally if they don't have friends with one (for the networking capabilities). but still a great tool for internet, reading, music making none the less.
the laptop itself is amazing, i can atest. i work for the company that developed the operating system and we've got a couple floating around the office to play with. my roommate got a chance to see the things in action in brazil. amazing stuff really!