Kite Runner producers donate laptops in Kabul


MUMBAI: In advance of the 14 December release of the film The Kite Runner, Paramount Classics and DreamWorks Pictures are donating 500 XO laptops through One Laptop per Child (OLPC). The Afghan Relief Organization (ARO) will distribute the donated XO laptops, a learning tool created expressly for children in developing countries, to students attending its school in Kabul.


Best-selling author Khaled Hosseini said, “Education of the general population is critical to the transformation of Afghanistan‘s political and economic condition. On behalf of the novel, the film, Paramount Classics and DreamWorks, I’m delighted they chose to support the work of the Afghan Relief Organization by funding the delivery of laptop computers to the ARO schools in Kabul.”


Global ambassador for OLPC and star of NBC’s hit ensemble series Heroes, Masi Oka said, “This generous donation through One Laptop per Child is a great example of the diverse organizations participating in our giving campaign to provide educational assistance to communities in need throughout the developing world.”


Based on the best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner is the story of two boys in Afghanistan set against a series of historical events from the fall of the monarchy through the Soviet invasion and the rise of the Taliban regime.


DreamWorks Pictures, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Participant Productions present The Kite Runner, a Sidney Kimmel Entertainment Production and Parkes/MacDonald Production released by Paramount Classics on 14 December in selected theaters.