Lifeline Energy

Lifeline Energy is a non-profit social enterprise that provides sustainable information and education access to vulnerable populations. We achieve this by designing, manufacturing and distributing solar and wind-up media players and radios for classroom and group listening. Since 1999, we have distributed more than 500,000 power independent radios to provide on-demand access to information and education, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the years we have received numerous awards including the Tech Museum of Innovation Award, a World Bank Development Marketplace Award and an Index: Design to Improve Life Award. In addition, our founder and CEO Kristine Pearson was named one of TIME magazi...

In touch via the lifeline of self-powered radio

In touch via the lifeline of self-powered radio
At the Beijing NGO Hongdandan Center, blind and visually impaired listeners gather round a Freeplay Lifeline self-powered radio that receives In Touch For China via Beijing People’s Radio. In 2006 Freeplay Foundation and BBC World Service Trust will work with Chinese partners to extend radio access to the many rural blind who live geographically, economically and socially excluded, out of sight and mind of mainstream society. Photo courtesy of BBC World Service Trust (view small | med | large | orig)

Mentors, Not Teachers, Teach Children

Mentors, Not Teachers, Teach Children
Many teachers have died from AIDS in Zambia, so volunteer "mentors" are trained to teach the children via Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI), developed by EDC in Washington, D.C. (view small | med | large | orig)

Learning Colors on the Wall

Learning Colors on the Wall
Few resources exist in community schools that use Freeplay Lifeline radios for distance learning. Here, Mr. Tembo, a mentor, employs a classroom wall as a substitute for a blackboard. (view small | med | large | orig)

Oswald and Everest Attend Third Grade

Oswald and Everest Attend Third Grade
Oswald and Everest are in Grade 3 at Chainda Community School and already have completed two years of the "Learning at Taonga Market" interactive radio instruction program. (view small | med | large | orig)

School Is Fun, Even Without Enough Desks

School Is Fun, Even Without Enough Desks
The radio education program has proved so successful that children and their parents are eager for them to attend school, even if there aren't enough desks. (view small | med | large | orig)

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