Power for Good

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A lot of attention is rightly given to the role of solar-powered products in addressing extreme poverty in developing nations. Whilst this remains a vital consideration, solar also holds the potential to provide energy for communities that are thriving, but remain – at least partly - off-grid.

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The role of Freeplay Energy's radios in assisting isolated rural communities in developing countries to access vital information is widely documented. However, the support that these wind-up and solar-powered products can provide within a broader range of contexts is less well known.

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The village of Neema Nguuni, also known as the Three Hills, is located in the Kenyan district of Nguu Tatu, an hour's drive north of the city of Mombasa. It has few of the advantages that many in the developed world take for granted, but is benefitting from the work of a small UK-based charity, the Three Hills Action Trust.

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Freeplay Energy's solar-powered products are designed to increase opportunities for those living off-grid to achieve their full potential. 

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Community Listeners' Clubs, and the Freeplay radios they rely upon, are helping to transform people's lives in parts of Africa that do not have access to a regular power supply.

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The power of radio to give farmers in developing countries the information they need to make their land more productive and raise livestock more effectively could not be more clearly demonstrated than through the work of Farm Radio International..

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Providing aid to developing countries was once a question of delivering food and medicines to relieve short-term distress. In more recent years, increasingly sophisticated approaches have been developed which aim to empower communities by providing them with the tools to meet their own longer-term needs.

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The debate in the UK about how the exam system can best support students to become effective future contributors to the country’s growth and economic well-being has been a long running one. But for many countries, the challenges faced by schools are more fundamental.

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Freeplay's wind-up and solar-powered products have a significant impact on the lives of individuals and communities in a range of different settings. In addition to working with some of the largest aid and development organisations in Africa, Freeplay also supports small, local projects, such as Kishermoruak School in the Masai Mara National Reserve in south-western Kenya.

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