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...
Aug 3, 2015

Fathers are joining the 1,000 days of motherhood

Fathers are listening to the audio content on 1,000 Days of Motherhood! Reports coming in from the field from Zambia’s National Food and Nutrition Council (NFNC) that the First 1000 Days content is proving so popular that fathers are also joining in.  

Zambia has one of the highest rates of childhood stunting in the world, due to under-nutrition, and the 1,000 Days program plays a vital role in educating pregnant and new mothers on how to keep themselves and their babies healthy. It's great to hear that fathers are interested in learning about nutrition for their children too!

The 1,000 Days of Motherhood project wouldn't be possible without our solar Lifeplayers.  In the last three months, the NFCF has distributed more Lifeplayers in nine districts, which has made possible a number of new women’s listening groups. As we write this report, training is ongoing in each of the districts. 

The Ministry has developed two new sets of radio series of 13 weeks each, and they are planning to start working on the next set of content, using feedback from the listening groups. They have also designed a short listening guide and feedback form for the districts. The main focus of the new programs will be nutrition, in particular the importance of good nutrition for pregnant mothers and young children. 

The Ministry reports that the Lifeplayers have generated much interest, and they are receiving many requests for more products. We hope to send many more Lifeplayers to Zambia in the near future.

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.

 
   

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