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...
Oct 13, 2014

More solar radio/lights sent to the Philippines

A happy user of the Polaris radio/light!
A happy user of the Polaris radio/light!

We’re delighted to report that we’ve sent another consignment of emergency radio-lights to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  Our local partner, the respected, International Office of Migration has distributed them mainly in and around Tacloban, one of the worst-hit areas.

There’s a vibrant network of community radio stations that are broadcasting all sorts of practical information on seasonal diseases and other health matters, rehabilitating disaster affected communities, violence against women, child care and human trafficking.

Although Typhoon Haiyan struck nearly a year ago, water and electricity have yet to be restored in many areas.  Filipinos really appreciate that the solar and wind-up Polaris not only provides information on demand, but also help people to see at night.  The built-in LED light is useful for undertaking tasks as well as walking. 

Sep 29, 2014

Lifeplayer MP3s have arrived in Zambia

We’re very pleased to report that the consignment of Lifeplayer MP3s has arrived in Zambia, and is awaiting distribution. Our initial plan was to undertake distribution and training for the teaching mentors involved in late September or early October. However, in discussions with the Zambian Ministry of Education officials, it has been decided to move out the training closer to the end of the school year.  The school year in Zambia starts in mid-January and runs through the first week of December, which gives a long break over the festive season. Moving the training dates is being done for two reasons: first, so that teachers can start afresh in the New Year with recently completed training; and second, to facilitate other teacher training programmes that are planned by the Ministry.

Lifeline Energy supports the Learning at Taonga Market programme in community schools in the Southern and Eastern provinces of Zambia. Our Lifeplayers will be loaded with Taonga Market lessons that cover primarily the foundation grades (Grade 1 and 2) to start, although some schools will include material for higher grades.

 You can be sure that we’ll keep you posted!

Jun 27, 2014

Lifeplayer MP3s being sent to Zambia

We’re excited to be sending a large consignment of Lifeplayer MP3s to support Learning at Taonga Market in Zambia. Through the generosity of GlobalGiving and other donors in both the USA and UK, Lifeline Energy is able to support community schools in the Southern and Eastern provinces. The Lifeplayers will be loaded with Taonga Market lessons mainly covering Grades 1 and 2, the foundation grades. Some schools also want to load Grade 7 as sometimes there are so few children who make it this far, that community schools can’t justify supporting a teacher. The Lifeplayer will enable these children to stay in school, complete Grade 7 and hopefully go onto secondary school.

We will keep you posted on the progress of the initiative throughout the year.

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