freeplay news haiku poem

batteries are dear
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.

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

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. :)


  1. What wonderful sites these are! I come for your haiku, but am thrilled to know about both goodsearch and freeplay.

  2. thanks for the comment, tsannie. :)

    am glad you found these sites interesting. :)

  3. you're on a mission here, no? ;)

    a bit busy at present but i think i'll check these sites later on.

  4. Good. A lot of awareness raising going on here!:) Haik-aware!?:)

  5. thanks for the comment, polona. :)

    weird actually. all this stuff apparently wants to get typed out and posted on my blog. am unable to resist. :O

    thanks for considering the sites. :)

  6. thanks for the comment, borut. :)

    haik-awareness? :D

  7. Excellent post. You are such a great humanitarian. You are awesome. I look forward to getting to know you better. I added you to my blog list;)

  8. thanks for the comment, adventure girl wanna be. :)

    thanks for the kind words. :) nice of you to add me to your blog list.

  9. hello kouji! this is my reply to your comment on my latest post:

    "not yet, still waiting for the update from ms. aileen or from the delifrance team. mag-eemail daw sila to inform the winnners of what we have to do to claim our prizes. i am so excited!"

    un lang po. bow!

  10. Good stuff! I can relate to your interests and am glad to read the stories:-)

  11. thanks for the comment, nicely. :)

    ah. i see. thanks for the response. :)

  12. thanks for the comment, janice. :)

  13. Hi Kauji!

    A haiku with a purpose..:-)

    and it was good to know you more, things close to your heart...all those you listed remain close to my heart too...

    Good work, Kouji!
    see you again....

  14. i can relate to the rwandan - and if he could have access to the internet one day, the radio will be replaced by the computer

  15. thanks for the comment, andrew. :)

  16. thanks for the comment, devika. :)

    glad you could visit. :)

  17. thanks for the comment, mariposa. :)

  18. thanks for the comment, mediterranean kiwi. :)

    indeed. that's the hope. radio and internet.

  19. a scratchy noise:
    kouji writing
    a freeplay haiku!

  20. thanks for the comment, tikkis. :)

    maybe that scratching noise is me scratching my head in befuddlement. :)


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