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Awards and Recognition

  • In 2014, Lifeline Energy and its Lifeplayer was featured in the international Sustainia 100 Awards.
  • In December 2011 Lifeline Energy and its Lifeplayer MP3 won a top prize in the inaugural SAB Foundation Innovation Awards.
  • In June 2011 the Lifeplayer MP3 was chosen as a finalist for the INDEX: Design to Improve Life award.
  • In April 2010, Lifeline Energy’s ‘Coffee Lifeline Project’ was awarded the ‘Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) 2010 Sustainability Award. The project focuses on a coffee-specific, agricultural extension radio programme, Imbere Heza, ‘Bright Future’. The programme is broadcasted throughout Rwanda by the National University of Rwanda’s Radio Salus station. Approximately 200,000 coffee farmers listen to Imbere Heza each month.
  • Kristine Pearson was selected as one of TIME magazine’s Heroes of the Environment for 2007.
  • In 2006, the Foundation was an Energy Project winner at the World Bank’s Development Marketplace.
  • The Times selected Freeplay Foundation (now Lifeline Energy) as a beneficiary for its Christmas Charity Appeal for 2005/2006.
  • In 2005, Kristine Pearson was awarded the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award at the Technology Museum of Innovation’s annual event. The president of Applied Materials at the Museum stated that “Kristine Pearson’s broad vision and leadership, coupled with Freeplay’s innovative technology, its creative application and the potential for replication in other countries, is changing millions of lives and solving critical challenges facing global society. It is fitting that Kristine receive this prestigious award for her outstanding work in South Africa and around the world.”
  • Kristine Pearson became a lifetime fellow at the World Technology Network.
  • In 2003, Kristine Pearson was a finalist for Wharton-Infosys Business Transformation Award.
  • In 2002 Freeplay Foundation won The Partnership for Sustainable Cities Award, which was presented by the King of Sweden.
  • The Tech Museum of Innovation awarded the Freeplay Foundation the first annual Tech Museum of Innovation Award. The Freeplay Foundation was awarded a grant of $50,000 which was used to develop the Lifeline radio.
  • Kristine Pearson is a fellow of the Schwab Foundation of the World Economic Forum.
  • The BBC produced two programmes for the Freeplay Foundation which featured the Foundation’s work in Rwanda.
  • The work of the Freeplay Foundation has been shown on CNN’s Inside Africa and Principle Voices series.
  • Lifeline Energy’s work has been featured in the Fast Company,, Time and the World Bank Blog.
  • A documentary featuring the Foundation’s Guns-for-Radios project in Niger was shown on the Arte Channel in Europe.