Radio remains the most important mass communication tool in developing countries

Lifeline provides poor and vulnerable communities with access to education, information and news through the manufacture and distribution of solar and wind-up radios and MP3 players. Our entire focus is the aid and humanitarian sector, and we do not sell our products commercially. We work extensively in Africa across all development sectors. When disasters strike anywhere in the world, we respond quickly and efficiently to humanitarian emergencies with radios and lights for displaced populations.

Our social impact: recent projects

Education: learning English in Ethiopia

With the aim of supporting more widespread and better quality learning of English, the British Council in Ethiopia distributed our solar and wind-up Lifeplayer MP3s to rural secondary schools in the country. The Lifeplayers, pre-loaded with the British Council’s English language training lessons for students and teachers, are distributed with “learning boxes” that include other learning resources. Read more …

 

Education: radio school in Zambia

Much of Zambia’s population is rural, and many children have little opportunity to attend a formal school.  There’s also an acute shortage of trained teachers. Over the past 12 years, 15,000 of our radios and MP3 players have helped hundreds of thousands of learners gain access to high quality audio school lessons called Learning at Taonga Market. The success of the programme is well-documented. Read more …

 Health: maternal and child nutrition

To combat one of the highest rates of childhood stunting in the world, Zambia’s Food and Nutrition Commission created a series of radio programmes called Bushes that Grow. The series focuses on maternal nutrition, diet and good health for the first 1,000 days from conception to the age of two. Lifeline’s solar and wind-up Lifeplayer MP3s provide listening access so mothers’ groups can listen to the programmes together. Read more …

Agriculture and Farm Talk radio

Lifeline is partnering with the non-profit company COMACO, who provide support, skills and a market for farmers’ products in Zambia’s Eastern Province. Working in one of the most ecologically diverse areas in Africa, COMACO partners with traditional leaders, communities, and farmer cooperatives to raise farmer incomes and provide alternative livelihoods to poaching. And our Prime radios and Lifeplayer MP3s bring information on conservation farming and sustainability to 140,000 small-scale farmers through a weekly radio programme called Farm Talk. Read more …

Disaster response: radio’s role in fighting Ebola

Extreme poverty, illiteracy and poor medical infrastructure exacerbated the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa. Local radio stations took a leading role in educating and informing communities about Ebola. They broadcast health information, dispelling rumour and mis-information, and offering practical advice on preventing transmission. Lifeline sent tens of thousands of our emergency solar radio-lights to affected areas in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Read more …