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...
Jul 7, 2015

Grade 1 and 2 pupils love the Lifeplayer

More of our Lifeplayers have been distributed in the eastern and southern provinces of Zambia to community schools to listen to the Learning at Taonga Market Grade 1 and Grade 2 lessons.  The feedback is positive from the teaching mentors and pupils alike.

For the first time, teaching mentors are able to schedule classes at times that are convenient and suitable to the children they teach. This is important, particularly in the rainy season when children may not be able to walk to school. With Zambia’s high rate of deforestation, areas now flood more easily, making it very difficult for children to reach their schools.  In addition, small streams may become impassable.  Even young rural children often have household responsibilities like collecting water or firewood, caterpillars for food or tending livestock.  All these will cause a child to miss a class. The Lifeplayer allows the child to listen to a missed lesson.  One teacher, Mr Phiri, remarked how he appreciated being able to listen to the lesson himself first, enabling him to be prepared. 

We are planning another field visit to Zambia in the second half of the year, where we will again visit schools and mentors using the Lifeplayer as a teaching aid.  As always, we have the cooperation of the Zambian Ministry of Education. 

Jun 17, 2015

We're sending radios to Sierra Leone

More than a year has passed since Ebola was first identified in Sierra Leone, and the country is still grappling with the challenge of eliminating the virus.

We are working with Child to Child, the only international NGO working in a remote and under-served area in Eastern Sierra Leone: the Kissi region of the Kailahun District, where Ebola first came to Sierra Leone. It is a mountainous, isolated area, with people who are mainly subsistence farmers. The region has a particularly high illiteracy rate due to its isolation and poor educational infrastructure. Sierra Leone is a multilingual country, with English as the official language, and Krio the most widely spoken. 

Child to Child will distribute our Prime radios and Lifeplayers to families and in schools and children’s groups, as well as to community leaders. They have been working on an educational radio program with Comic Relief, on education and health awareness, with a particular focus on promoting gender equality. The programs will be broadcast on two main radio stations in the area.

The success of this project will depend on children having radios to listen to. Quite simply, what is the point of such radio programs if children have no way to hear them?  In such an impoverished area, many adults do not own radios, and if they do, cannot afford the ongoing cost of batteries. Further, there is little or no electricity supply. Having Lifeplayers too means that programming can be recorded and listened to again.

We would like to acknowledge the incredible support we have received from GlobalGiving for this project, which has allowed Child to Child to send more products to Sierra Leone. As we write this report, our Prime radios and Lifeplayers are on their way there.  In our next report, we hope to bring you updates and pictures of how they’re being used in the Kissi region, and the impact that this project is having on communities living there.

Jun 5, 2015

Liberia has been declared Ebola-free

Liberia was declared Ebola-free on 9 May by the World Health Organisation, after 42 days of no new cases. People and agencies working on the ground in Liberia, strong government commitment, and good communication efforts all played a key role in eradicating the virus in the country.  

Some of the tragic statistics from Liberia give a sense of the devastation that Ebola wrought:

  • At the peak of transmission in August/September 2014, 300-400 new cases were being reported each week
  • 375 Liberian health workers were infected with Ebola, and 189 lost their lives
  • A total of 10,666 Liberians were infected with Ebola during this outbreak, and 4,806 died

Community radio stations in Liberia played a pivotal role in informing citizens about how to protect themselves, and what to do if they suspected they’d been infected. However, in such a poor country, many people didn’t have access to radios, or could not afford batteries. Our Polaris solar radios allowed people to hear the news and information, without having to worry about the cost of batteries or electricity. The integrated flashlight allowed them to see at night.

With Liberia’s status as an Ebola-free zone, this will be our final report on this project. We have been asked for help with radios in Sierra Leone, and further donations for Ebola will be used for this new project. We will be working with Develop Africa, on their project to help pregnant teenage girls continue with their education, by providing a networked computer lab, with access to both curriculum materials, video tutorials and coaching support, as well as supporting girls learning from home.  Our radios will be used as part of this initiative.

We are committed to ensuring that our donors have a meaningful giving experience. If you are not satisfied with the donations being used for our Sierra Leone project, GlobalGiving will refund your donation in the form of a gift certificate equal to the value of the original donation, which you are invited to contribute to another project on the site. If you have any questions or if you would like to reallocate your donation to another GlobalGiving project, please contact GlobalGiving by following this link: https://www.globalgiving.org/contactus/

We would like to thank you for your donations to a country faced with a terrifying and devastating virus. Your donation made an impact, not only in terms of allowing people to hear important information that helped keep them informed, but to provide the comfort of hearing trusted voices on the radio.

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