The One Sky Project is a group of 3 pilots and 2 production teams, traveling through Southern Africa for 4 months, and giving back to the communities in which they will fly. Our Team will utilize our extensive media production skills to expand public knowledge and support of local African nonprofit organizations that are on the ground, making a difference within their communities. The goal is to increase global exposure and to expand funding for these projects, combining the wonders and beauty of flight with the production of media and documentary programs, that these organizations can use to market their mission to the world.
Our One Sky Project team will produce a feature length documentary for 2016/2017 film festivals and a commercial/short documentary for each of these organizations, which they will then use to gain support for their individual causes! The team has invested significant resources in researching African non-profits that are producing amazing results but need help to tell their stories! We will be working with Amani Ya Juu (a job creation non-profit) in Kenya and Uganda, the Mufindi Orphanage in Tanzania, and the Child Welfare Organization in South Africa.
Amani ya Juu means “peace from above” in Swahili. Amani is a sewing and reconciliation program for marginalized women in Africa. Women from many African nations and cultures are learning to work together and transcend their cultural and ethnic differences. A refugee named Simprosa, that went through Amani's program in Nairobi, Kenya has opened up a new center in her home in Gulu Uganda for victims of the Joseph Kony War. In February we have added the border crossing into Kenya to our Journey. Here we will meet the Amani ladies, and see the infrastructure that they have developed as a basis for their multi-country program. We then have a guide that will personally escort us into a previously dangerous Uganda! We will be the first ones on the ground, to capture and share the inspiring stories of the women that have gone through hell to survive, and now have a thriving community, and food on the table, thanks to Amani Ya Juu!
The Mufindi Orphans NGO was created to provide shelter, sustenance, education, and medical care for vulnerable children and families in the Mufindi District of Tanzania; to curtail the spread of HIV/AIDS, to teach life skills (language, fiscal, vocation and self-sufficiency) and to create supportive networks and opportunities for future generations. We will visit them in early February to film and capture their stories in Tanzania!
The Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) is an umbrella body that represents more than 263 member organizations and outreach projects in communities throughout South Africa. Together with its members it forms the largest non-profit, non-governmental organization in the country in the fields of child protection and child and family care and development. They need help documenting and sharing the great work they are doing and we will start our journey in Port Alfred to do just that! We are meeting with this organization and another non-profit, No Danger Diaries to collaborate on funding videos that they can use for future marketing efforts.
Throughout the trip, we will also be sharing our love of free flight by exposing the local communities to hang-gliding and para-gliding! We have purchased a winch towing system, that will allow Marc to take children tandem and get them litterally seeing the earth from the first time above ground! Thanks to Moyes and Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding, we will be able to "ground run" children and get their feet off the ground in a hang glider, experiencing pure free flight for the first time. These are experiences which they would otherwise never have the opportunity to have. As pilots, it took just one of these moments to change our life, and boy were we happy on that day!
We really believe in the difference these groups are making on the ground, and that they will directly benefit greatly from our help! This project is using our best personal assets to aid those in need, to make a difference! We have each put a significant amount of money into making this happen, and are asking for the most minimal amount in order for us to make this happen. Our budget is outlined below, with what we need. Any funds raised past our basic expenses will go towards funding for organizations above. For example, we are working to get solar power for a hospital in Tanzania that is taking care of the Mufindi Orphans!
One Sky Project Budget 2016
3 Round Trip Flights USA-SA $6000
Visas to Destination countries $2100
Minimal campground fees $2,000
Food/water @ $13pp/pd $5,000
Minimal All Terrain Vehicle to haul gear $3,500
Paragliding/hang gliding Tow System, donated at end of Project $4,500
Gas for 18000km $6000
Buffer for Truck maintenance $3,000
$32,100 bare minimum (excluding all media and paragliding gear) needed to make this happen. We Believe if we can raise the $21700, we can fund the rest.
Our Production teams are utilizing both high-end cameras capable of producing 4K film, and high altitude drones with stabilization mounts that will provide incredible aerial footage. Our collective experience in photography/videography, with our adventure together, is going to create never seen before film footage. We will capture the stories of these African communities, the good they are doing for the world, the amazing places where we will fly, while sharing of our joy of free flight with others.
Our One Sky team, each of whom have strong followings on various social media platforms, will be sharing all work and interaction with these communities. The sharing of our videos and media, will not only help highlight the missions of our three non-profits, but will connect our nonprofit partners to tens of thousands of people globally, whom can then support them. This feature documentary will be entered into film festivals in 2016/2017 to get this word out to the world.
Our team also aims to increase adventure tourism throughout Southern African by showcasing underdeveloped flying sites in one of the most beautiful continents. Traveling to flying sites around the world should be an inherent part of hang-gliding and paragliding, as well as giving back where we visit. Throughout our trip, we will be actively seeking new sites to share with the global flying community. Our hope is that these new locations will grab the attention of our community, thereby increasing economic interest in Southern Africa, and promoting this type of project for future pilots.
"I am because we are, and we are because I am"
- Desmond Tutu, South African Archbishop Nobel Laureate
Risks and challenges
We face many challenges in this trip, as we are venturing into lesser travelled areas, by vehicle, that are impoverished and subject to local political unrest, extreme weather conditions, and could have a lack of connection to the rest of the world. We are exposing ourselves to many dangerous areas, and doing things that have not yet been pursued in places we will visit
Each of us has put a significant amount of time and money into this project. Our collaborative skills will make this trip happen regardless of any mishaps in our overall plan. This is rural Africa, to be blunt, and things never happen, exactly as planned.
We will spend time at milestone points in our trip, uploading all of our media, regrouping and tackling issues that may have arised. Our focus is on sharing the hard work of these organizations and our experience in Africa, and that will happen regardless of any hardship.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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