news, lessons over radio
the sound of cranking
the freeplay foundation is an organization close to my heart because it brings together many of my interests: poverty alleviation, human rights protection, education, renewable energy, and technology, especially appropriate technology.
from its testimonials page:
Fanwell Besa, Writer/Producer for the Educational Broadcasting Service, Zambia
"The Freeplay wind up radios are of great benefit to our education programmes. In the areas where children are using wind-up radios, the programme is experiencing no problems at all. The teachers wind it up or put it in the sun and can listen to the lessons. In the areas where there are no Freeplay radios, there are big problems because there is no money for batteries."
Chantal, 16, looks after two younger brothers. The boys go to school but she does not. Their father was killed in the genocide and their mother died of malaria.
"My life was miserable before I had this radio. We were isolated and didn’t have any way to get information. Every day we listen to the news from our region and the world, the weather and also I get the time. I especially like programmes about caring for children and AIDS. I worry about AIDS. Neighbours used to treat us badly, but now they come around to listen and we are friends."
Mukakrimba, 13, head of household and survivor of the genocide, Rwanda
"My most important thing I owned used to be my goat, now it is my radio."
freeplay is one of the charities which can be supported through the goodsearch website.
what i did was make goodsearch my browser's home page, and i now run all of my searches through it. at least this way, when i search, i can contribute the estimated 1 cent per search to the freeplay foundation. :)
if you would like to do the same, click on the banner below to go to the goodsearch website. the freeplay foundation will already be entered as the beneficiary charity. then either bookmark that page, or set it as your home page, and you're good to go.
so, that's it. :) my apologies for going on at length in these past few posts about freerice, pink for october, kiva, goodsearch, and freeplay. again, these are subjects close to my heart, so in a way i couldn't help but discuss them here.
thank you for visiting this haiku poem blog. :)