About Lifeline Energy

     Classroom and radio teacher working together.

A mission-driven non-profit social enterprise, Lifeline Energy designs, manufactures and distributes solar-powered and wind-up MP3 players and radios for classroom and community listening. No one does what we do. Our technology goes where others can’t or don’t.

Imagine a school. One classroom. No electricity. Many children; all different ages. No trained teacher.

Then imagine a Lifeplayer MP3-radio, loaded with hundreds of hours of fun, interactive school lessons. Able to tune into the radio and directly record programmes.  Or record children’s voices. Powered by the sun.

Our media players and radios provide education access to children, teach mothers how give the best nutrition for the children, help farmers increase yields and deliver support to displaced families.

Delivering results

We deliver sustainable education and information access to the most vulnerable: orphans, children, women, refugees and people in poor health. When humanitarian emergencies strike, we respond with radios and lights for displaced populations around the world

Since 1999, more than 700,000 solar and wind-up MP3 players and radios have been distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa and beyond reaching many millions of listeners. Each unit benefits an average of 40 listeners. However, given the huge class sizes in many African countries, that number could twice as high.

Lifeline Energy has a consistent and proven track record of delivery on both large-scale and small community-based projects.

Why Solar Radios or MP3s for Learning?

Radio and MP3s remain the most effective and cost effective say to reach under-served areas with high quality content.

Scarce or non-existent electricity in rural areas, coupled with the ongoing high cost of batteries, make radios too costly for the poorest, especially for women. This leads to missing out on important information and education programmes created to benefit them. Consequently, people are forced to make critical decisions—about their crops, health, or finances—based on guesswork.

Audio learning, whether by radio or MP3 aids in developing concentration and listening skills, underscoring the significance of education for individual confidence and self-esteem, and thus, a nation’s future.

Despite achieving universal access to primary education is a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), millions of children in developing countries don’t attend school regularly, if at all and girls are disproportionally affected. In Africa women make up more than 65% of the continent’s adult illiterate population. Poverty robs many adults of opportunities to gain knowledge and practical know-how, a gap that can be bridged through radio or MP3-based education.

Sierra Leone listener group

Our media players create a classroom anywhere, anytime

Our MP3s and radios provide 24/7 learning access anytime, anywhere. Our products are fit-for-purpose for use in harsh environments and by users with limited exposure to technology. We also often include solar lights with education initiatives to ensure that teachers and learners alike can see safely at night and extend their productive hours to work after dark.

US and South African charity

Lifeline Energy is a fund-seeking 501 (c) (3) US charity and a Section 18A and 21 South African public benefit organsation which relies on contributions from individuals, family foundations, corporate funding, institutions and government-sponsored programmes. We collaborate with international relief organisations, in-country NGO partners, business and UN agencies to implement education and information projects and respond to humanitarian emergencies.

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