Self-Powered Progress for Third World Countries: The Free Play Foundation
The Free Play Foundation
is an "internationally acclaimed humanitarian organisation enabling vulnerable people to transform their lives using sustainable, self-sufficient and environmentally friendly technologies." Free Play recognizes that clean power and technology is the solution to lifting many people out of poverty. By focusing on lighting and radios, Free Play is able to change lives:
A farmer listens to the radio for news of the incoming cyclone, ready to spread the alarm to her neighbours.
A child, orphaned by conflict and caretaker of his younger brothers, is soothed by voices on the radio as they fall asleep at a refugee camp.
With safe, renewable lighting, a midwife assists a night-time birth with no fear of fumes from hazardous kerosene or firewood.
With a bright LED light, a girl studies after sundown, when her long day of chores has finally come to an end.
Since 2003, more than 160,000 wind-up and solar-powered Freeplay Lifeline radios have been distributed worldwide, mostly in Africa. In addition, Free Play has developed the Weza foot-powered generator that can power cell phones and other low energy devices
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Posted by Jennifer Lance at October 21, 2008 1:56 AM