The One Laptop Per Child group dropped off computers that were recharged by solar energy in a poor area in Ethiopa where the children did not have access to schools. The computers had educational software loaded onto them in the hopes that the children would play with them and learn. They picked them up quickly and began to learn. I think that this is a great way to get educational aid to people who are geographically at a disadvantage.
I think that giving these children these educational aids is important despite their "larger" issues because the things they are learning could not only help them potentially move to better areas and hold jobs, but to make a difference in their communities by using what they are learning and applying it to their pending problems.
In projects like these I think it might be a good idea to give the subjects a brief display of how to use the new devices and maybe some direction as to what the purpose of the project is instead of just dropping it off and seeing what they do with them.