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...
Nov 25, 2014

We've sent solar radios to Liberia

We’re thrilled to report that we’ve sent a large number of our emergency Polaris radio-lights to Liberia. The Polaris is an ideal product for the Ebola outbreak: with its choice of solar, hand crank and external power recharge options, it doesn’t require costly batteries, and it’s rubberized for the humid climate of Liberia. The LED flashlight gives the added benefit of providing dependable light at night for either walking or undertaking a task.

Our local partner is the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). They are working closely with the government in its national Ebola response. In conjunction with Liberia's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), the Polaris units will be distributed in Montseraddo - a hotspot of Ebola outbreaks in Liberia. The UNDP and Ministry are conducting a door-to-door awareness campaign, while searching for the sick and the dead.  The radios are a vital component of the campaign, as they can provide families who are quarantined with the information they so desperately need. There is no shortage of information on Ebola being broadcast by local radio stations, but for many Liberians the cost of a radio and ongoing cost of batteries is simply prohibitive.  In addition, the Ebola crisis is impacting livelihoods and people who are already poor have even less ability to buy what they need. 

Information being broadcast includes overall health information, how to keep from being infected, and what to do if people suspect they have Ebola. Many African singers have done a great job in producing catchy songs with information about Ebola – and our radios are helping ensure that people hear these vital messages.

We are deeply grateful to our generous sponsors who’ve made it possible for us to make a significant contribution to the fight against Ebola. We will be continuing to raise funds to send further units to West Africa.

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!

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