Testimonials

“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 their incomes and alleviate hunger.”

Dale Lewis

Founder and President, COMACO, Zambia

“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.”

Ronnie Micallef

Former English Language Adviser, British Council

“My brother and I live alone. We go on Wednesdays to the market and beg. We decided that we would go to Kigali to live on the street so we could make more money. 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.”

Jean Olivier

15-year-old Head of Household in Rwanda

“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 UNICEF report notes:

“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.”

Tom Hanks

Actor and US Ambassador for Lifeline Energy

“Lifeline Energy 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.”

The late Anita Roddick

Co-founder, The Body Shop

“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”.

The late Victor Muyatwa

Director, Directorate Open and Distance Education, Ministry of Education, Science and Vocational Training and Early Education, Zambia

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

Edward

Teacher, South Sudan

“I used to think that people only get infected with HIV/AIDS during sex; but after listening to health programmes on the big blue radio, I have learned that there are other ways of contracting the disease.

Valentine

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

“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.”

Fanwell Besa

Retired Writer/Producer, Educational Broadcasting Services, 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.”

Frank Arnold

Rotary Fundraiser for Learning at Taonga Market, Zambia

 “I saw immediately the impact such a radio could have on impoverished peoples in Africa and the world.” — Tom Hanks