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FreePlay Foundation Begins Bringing CleanTech to All

As we Ecogeeks ogle our ever-expanding supply of levitra 100 mg fancy gadgets and recommended site levitra on women even fancier chargers it’s hard to imagine a life without these lux comforts.  How could I run 3 miles without my Ipod to distract me?  Do you really expect me to http://www.filmusa.org/buying-viagra write a blog post with a pencil? We get so wrapped up in our technology that we overlook the levitra in india technological needs of the rest of the world.  Isn’t it fortunate then that Freeplay Energy’s charitable wing the Freeplay Foundation attempts to bring communication and light to the 1.6 billion people in the world today without electricity?  The Freeplay Foundation’s mission is to help vulnerable people transform their lives with “sustainable, self-sufficient and environmentally friendly technologies.”

 

The lack of access to energy is closely linked to poverty.  Without the ability to turn on lights or communicate individuals and families are at the mercy of unseen weather systems, outbreaks of disease, and limited resources.  The Freeplay Foundation’s website explains the viagra dose problems of limited technology more clearly: 

A farmer listens to we use it buying levitra online the radio for news of viagra overnight the incoming cyclone, ready to spread the alarm to her neighbors.

 

A child, orphaned by conflict and caretaker of his younger brothers, is soothed by voices on the radio as they fall asleep at a refugee camp.

 

With safe, renewable lighting, a midwife assists a nighttime birth with no fear of fumes from hazardous kerosene or firewood.

 

With a bright LED light, a girl studies after sundown, when her long day of chores has finally come to an end. 

 

Freeplay took on the challenge of bringing communication and education to billions by developing the Lifeline Radio.  It’s charged by either a human powered crank or solar power and can last 24 hours on one charge.  The radio connects people in remote villages to an information network which offers: classes, weather forecasts, political news, etc. The radio’s speakers allow up to 40 people to online levitra sales assemble and hear the programming at one time. Over 160,000 radios have been distributed since 2003 serving an estimated 6 million.

Perhaps the impact of Freeplay’s clean technologies can best be seen by the individual cases they discuss on their website.  For example: the remote refugee camps of northeast Kenya are home to more than 100,000 Somali women who have fled their country after years of tramadol online pharmacy apo address civil war.  These women have had little or no education and www.deboerderijhuizen.nl face early or forced marriages, female genital mutilation and high levels of gender violence.  Working with other humanitarian organizations Freeplay has distributed the levitra price Lifeline Radios to groups of women who gather together and listen to news and educational programs that affect their lives.  The radios give these women freedom to communicate with the outside world, and start them on order levitra online the road to self-empowerment.

 

Freeplay is currently developing a LED light, which will use the same wind up and solar powered charging technologies as the radio.  This clean technology has the potential to assist billions of people by giving them extra time to online discount cialis work, find necessities, or study.  To learn more visit www.freeplayfoundation.org.

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Missed Opportunity
written by gmoke, September 19, 2008
FreePlay makes another radio, the Companion, which is also a cell phone charger and could easily be a battery charger. The ability to charge other batteries allows for many different devices to be powered by the solar cell and the hand crank. This leverages the solar/dynamo into a reliable producer of low voltage DC electricity, day or night, through sunlight or muscle power. Providing a radio or a light is great. Providing a dependable source of even small scale power is just try! generic viagra without prescription much better.

USAID is distributing 250,000 FreePlay radios in Sudan. None of them will be able to charge anything but their dedicated, hardwired, internal batteries. There are probably over one million solar/dynamo radios distributed throughout Afghanistan. None of them charge anything but their dedicated, hardwired, internal batteries.

I've been writing about this for years and http://sfachc.org/generic-levitra-usa you can read what I've written at solarray.blogspot.com or gmoke.dailykos.com or google "solar swadeshi" to see where I think picking up on this missed opportunity could lead.
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Missed opportunity? Maybe. But still a V
written by Steve N. Lee, September 22, 2008
This is an interesting post made all the buy real viagra online more interesting by gmoke's comment.

Communication is vital to development so this radio distribution program is wonderful news. From weather forecasts to entertainment to education to social commentary to purchase levitra in canada world news... the list is endless in the benefits this can bring to a community. It should be applauded for the achievement it is.

That said, you have to wonder why the power generating versions that gmoke speaks of how to get generic cialis aren't being distributed instead. I'd guess that maybe it's purely practical and financial - most poverty-stricken communities don't have electrical equipment to charge, so the extra cost in providing radios capable of such would be wasted. Far better to distribute a lot more basic radios to more people.

Of course as these communities develop they will need power generating equipment, so is this a true saving or a miss opportunity?

Still, when all is said and done, apathy and greed rule the Western world, which is why it's in the state it is. This is a major contribution to addressing that. Let's hope we see more philanthropic gestures of this magnitude in the not too distant future.

Steve N. Lee
author of eco-blog http://www.lionsledbysheep.com
and suspense thriller 'What if...?'
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written by cassy, September 28, 2008
EXCELLENT ARTICLE!

Thanks for getting this info "out there!"
We all should pass this along!

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