The One Laptop per Child project, due to the financial crisis, has had to reduce its operating costs like so many other companies. From the official Wiki:
“Like many other nonprofits that are facing tough economic times, One Laptop per Child must downsize in order to keep costs in line with fewer financial resources. Today we are reducing our team by approximately 50% and there will be salary reductions for the remaining 32 people. While we are saddened by this development, we remain firmly committed to our mission of getting laptops to children in developing countries. We thank team members who are departing for their contributions to this important mission.” (Source)
Google (a main contributor of money to OLPC Inc.) has also cut costs this week demonstrating the big and the small are all subject to this global financial crisis. However, the cuts shouldn’t have any impact on the day-to-day lives of those involved with the OLPC project.