Power for Good

Shortly after the BBC World Service (then called the BBC Empire Service) was launched in 1932, King George V said the service was intended for "men and women, so cut off by the snow, the desert, or the sea, that only voices out of the air can reach them."

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Africa has long been a dumping ground for the world’s waste and unwanted produce. From discarding toxic waste in Cote d’Ivoire and off the cost of Guinea to the mountains of e-waste building up in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya, businesses and governments around the world are putting African lives at risk in the pursuit of a quick buck.

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Conflicts can inflict catastrophe for longer than you might think. As battles destroy homes and populations flee violence, international governments and NGOs try to alleviate the worst effects by delivering much-needed shelter, medical aid and food supplies. Indeed, we are used to seeing tented cities spring up to accommodate displaced populations and this remains a vital response to such a crisis.

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Pass any high street while football championships are underway and you will see crowds of punters gathered in pubs and bars watching the latest play-offs. The lure of a big screen and a beer may be strong, but many spectators will have access to a fridge and a TV at home.

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Freeplay Energy has long been recognised for providing clean energy products which address the lighting and communications needs of those living off-grid. A significant proportion of our products are in use in Africa, where solar energy in particular is making an increasing contribution to achievements in the fields of education, agriculture, health and community development.

There is still a long way to go, however. And not just with energy access. Almost 1 billion people worldwide –one in eight of the global population – have no regular access to clean, safe water. As a result, they are denied the very basics of life: hydration, sanitation and health.

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Freeplay Energy and its partners, such as UN agencies, NGOs and government departments, are working hard to put small-scale clean energy products in the hands of the 1.2 billion people worldwide who currently live and work off-grid. Indeed, Freeplay’s solar and dynamo-powered radios, lamps and lighting systems have been designed specifically for this purpose.

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