Power for Good

In 1962, experts gathered to consider the obstacles to effective communication, especially by radio, in Africa. Issues such as unreliable or non-existent electricity supplies, the shortage of trained technicians to operate radio broadcasting stations and the availability and affordability of radio receivers that did not rely on mains power were clearly recognised.

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Since our inception two decades ago, Freeplay Energy has been committed to the growth of radio as a vital means of communications for remote and isolated communities around the world. We have seen our products help to change lives as a part of aid and development, emergency preparedness, disaster relief and democratic engagement programmes from West Africa to South East Asia and the South Pacific.

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From being denied the vote to exclusion from education, from child marriage to female genital mutilation, women around the world continue to face threats and challenges, purely because of their gender. There are signs, however, that progress towards a fairer and more inclusive world is being made, albeit slow, and this change is often enabled by improvements in communications.

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The British are famed for their obsession with talking about the weather and this is, apparently, because we have ‘so much of it’. Over the last week or so, however, it has not just been the British that have been on the receiving end of harsh climatic conditions.

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Happy New Year from all at Freeplay Energy. We wish you happiness and success in all you do.

For Freeplay, our focus over the next few months will firmly on raising awareness of how our product range, especially those we have recently released - the Encore Player radio/MP3 player, Energy Centre and Indigo Plus lantern, can help change lives in off-grid communities around the world.

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While we prepare for year-end, and holiday for some, it’s time not only to reflect on the last 12 months, but also to look forward to a New Year with new challenges and new opportunities.

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