Educating | Informing | Illuminating


Tom Hanks, Actor and US Ambassador for Lifeline Energy

“The beauty of Lifeline Energy is the radio itself. You wind it up and listen. That’s it. The first time I heard of the device, then had one, I felt like I was carrying all the promise of the modern world in my hand. Music can come out of the sky without batteries being tossed into the land. Information can be sent and received, bypassing despots and tyrants. Voices of freedom can be heard and the creation of artists can be enjoyed anywhere radio waves can reach. All by winding up this little box. That is extraordinary.”

Dale Lewis, Founder and President, COMACO, Zambia

“Lifeline’s radios are making a profound and positive impact on our farmer groups as they build on an existing deep radio culture. They help us ensure that all farmers hear and learn the same information to boost incomes and alleviate hunger.”

Precious, A Preschool Teacher, South Africa

“The principal is so satisfied because my class has listening skills and the appropriate ways to speak.  The Lifeplayer has created a good foundation for my students.”

Nestor Oller, President, Netri Foundation

“I never thought that a radio, which apparently is not a first need product, had such a great effect in terms of social impact. The radio can be an extremely useful device for those in extreme need giving children vital information. Even if they are hungry, they’re also hungry for knowledge.

But what struck me the most were the other side effects  which actually turned to be the main benefit: the emotional side of the program:  Listening to the radio and learning from it makes them feel active part of society avoiding the feeling of falling behind. On the other side, when an orphan tells you that the radio soap opera main characters are a bit like their parents since when they listen to them they learn values, feel accompanied, don’t feel any fear at night anymore and things like that, it’s then, when you feel you are making a difference.”

Frank Arnold, Rotary Fundraiser for Learning at Taonga Market, Zambia

“I travelled to Lusaka to meet the partners in the project – World Vision, UNDP, YMCA,Peace Corps, Women for Change and the Educational Broadcasting Service. It was a pleasure to meet all of them and hear of their progress and development. I was further impressed by the way the documentation for every single radio is formalised with each partner knowing exactly where each one is. It gave me great confidence in the proper use and record of our donation.”

Ronnie Micallef, English Language Adviser, British Council

“Our engagement with Lifeline has been very positive. They delivered a professional service, from our first contact through to costing, ordering, delivery and post-delivery service. We have received strong endorsements from visually impaired students and, especially, girls who consider the Lifeplayer a lifeline to learning.”

Edward, Retired Teacher, South Sudan

“Learning is a miracle in South Sudan and the Lifeplayer will help our children learn.”

Filius Jere, COMACO Farm Talk Radio Producer, Zambia

“With Lifeline’s radio, farmers feel they are receiving authoritative information and they believe what they’re hearing.  They are ready to act more than if it was an officer telling them.  With Lifeline’s radio they are hearing fellow farmers and they believe they can farm well.”

Valentine, 14-year-old Head of Household in Musanze, Rwanda

“I used to think that people only get infected with HIV/AIDS during sex; but after listening to different health programmes on the radio, I have realised that there are other ways of contracting the disease. Through the radio I have also learnt to take my education seriously and to follow my classes in school. Some of her neighbours pay school fees but do not go to class, as they do not realise the importance of education; but I do.”

The late Victor Muyatwa, Former Director DODE, Ministry of Education, Science and Vocational Training and Early Education, Zambia

“The Lifeplayer allows children to learn at their own pace, whatever their age. The solar Lifeplayer is an appropriate and highly suitable tool that is central to our distance education strategy”.

Jean Oliver, 15-year-old Head of Household, Rwanda

“My brother and I live alone. We go on Wednesdays to the market and beg.  On a good day we make RF300 (about 50 cents).  We decided that we would go to Kigali to live on the street so we could make more money. But then we heard a radio programme about the all dangers for street children and how they get exploited by city people.  Even though we are very poor and are often hungry, at least we feel safe here.”

The Late Anita Roddick, Co-founder, The Body Shop

“These radios are one of the most socially responsible products I have ever come across. It gives people the tools of communication, to get out of poverty and to connect. This product also minimises the impact on the environment as it doesn’t run off of toxic batteries. Connecting villages to the majority of the world through continual access to information will help improved the lives of the rural poor.”

Fanwell Besa, Retired Writer/Producer for the Educational Broadcasting Services, Zambia

“The radios are of great benefit to our education programmes. In the areas where children are using wind-up radios, the programme is experiencing no problems at all. The teachers wind it up or put it in the sun and can listen to the lessons. In the areas where there are no Lifeline Energy radios, there are big problems because there is no money for batteries.”

A UNICEF report notes:

“The main objective pursued through the distribution of radios was to encourage vulnerable children to interact and integrate with the community as well as increase their access to information.  The donation of the radios has undoubtedly had a positive impact on the lives of the children that benefited from the distribution.  UNICEF acknowledges the positive impact that radios may have on the lives of children and is grateful to Lifeline Energy for the considerable efforts it deploys to ensure the availability of this product.”

A Women’s Listening Group, Zambia

“Every week Hilda brings the Big Blue radio to the meeting spot and it brings news from other areas and lets us hear the knowledge of other farmers. We benefit from learning about current affairs, nutrition and conservation farming.”