Freeplay Foundation: How Clean Renewable Light Empowers Young Lives

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Freeplay Foundation's Lifelight in Action
We TreeHuggers are big fans of Freeplay - whether it's their self-powered Indigo flashlight or their classic wind-up radios, Freeplay know how to create truly useful, autonomous and sustainable devices. But while wannabe homesteaders like myself may appreciate the convenience and security (not to mention the smug self righteousness!) of being able to power our own NPR listening, it's in the developing world that Freeplay's work really comes into its own.

Eric already posted about the wonderful work of the Freeplay Foundation in Rwanda, but the video above gives a first-hand account of how important sustainable lighting can be. And you can help. Here's more from The Freeplay Foundation's website about how you can play your part in empowering young lives, and supporting renewable energy in the process:

Your support can transform lives. Using Lifeline radios, even the poorest and most vulnerable can listen to vital information about how to prevent diseases like AIDS and malaria or care for family members. Farmers can tune into weather reports and practical programmes to increase harvests. And millions of children who are unable to attend formal schools can get a high-quality radio education.
Lifelights offer a safe, reliable lighting source, banishing kerosene, candles and deadly shack fires that needlessly hurt and kill so many. Focusing on women in Africa, we will help grannies, widows and adolescent girls start micro energy businesses by renting or selling Lifelights or other LED products in their communities.

But if such simple devices like wind-up radios and lights can have such an impact, what else can clean renewable energy achieve in the developing world? We'd love to hear your thoughts on other applications for sustainable innovation in poverty relief.