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Clinton Global Initiative Highlights the Freeplay Foundation as Featured Humanitarian Organization
Date:9/22/2009

because they lack the most basic information," said Freeplay Foundation CEO Kristine Pearson. "Radio can provide practical knowledge, and lighting can increase success by enabling people to study at night or to extend the hours of their small business. These are highly motivated women and girls, and our renewable energy technology can give a powerful boost as they work to better their lives."

Radio is the primary means of mass communication in sub-Saharan Africa, but often, batteries cost too much for people to buy on an ongoing basis, especially women and girls. Electricity is rarely available. The Freeplay Foundation's Lifeline radio and Lifelights provide energy solutions via proven wind-up and solar-powered technology.

Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, the Freeplay Foundation's Ambassador, was the primary funder of the Lifelight and is an ardent supporter of the Lifeline radio.

"The Lifeline radio can change the world - one person, one house, one village at a time," said Mr. Hanks. "The beauty of the Freeplay Foundation is the technology and the immediacy of its mission: to put radios and lights in the hands of people who need them. Lifeline radios can make a positive impact from the moment they are turned on in one of the villages, and I can think of nothing more noble than helping people light their way."

Working mainly in Africa, the Freeplay Foundation enables hundreds of thousands of children to learn English, math, science and life skills through radio distance-learning programs. Coffee farmers learn new planting techniques using Lifeline radios, and people throughout Africa learn how to prevent HIV/AIDS while listening to their Lifelines. Nomadic tribes listen to Lifeline radios as they caravan, and orphaned children - living completely on their own - can grasp a "lifeline" to the outside world when listening.

The new Lifelight is targeted to the
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