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Pilots travel Africa to film documentaries & bring light to the great work of several NGOS on the ground so they can make a difference!
Pilots travel Africa to film documentaries & bring light to the great work of several NGOS on the ground so they can make a difference!
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Brian Taking to the Sky
Brian Taking to the Sky

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 Kenya Ashlee Gadd Photography
Amani Kenya Ashlee Gadd Photography

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. 

Federico Wood "In the Picture"
Federico Wood "In the Picture"

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 

Rewards

DVD options now available!
DVD options now available!
Cigar Legends Reward
Cigar Legends Reward
Sexy Fly Tec / One Sky Project Speed Sleeves
Sexy Fly Tec / One Sky Project Speed Sleeves
Hemingway Reward
Hemingway Reward
Door Logo Option
Door Logo Option

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.

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    Download Reward: Download of our digital feature film documentary!

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    DVD Reward: Personal copy of our feature film "Under One Sky" DVD shipped to your home upon completion!

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    Cigar Legends Reward: Never seen before poster signed by the Legends of the Cigar Industry + digital viewing of our documentary!
    * Jose Seijas (Montecristo, H. Upmann, Romeo & Julieta, Matilde)
    * Manuel, Patricia, and Raquel Quesada (Casa Magna, Fonseca, Quesada Oktoberfest)
    * Akhil Kapacee (Regius of London)

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    Hemingway Reward: Donated from the Hemingway Family Rum: Papas Pilar!
    * Top of the line Hemingway Hat
    * Canvas Backpack or"never a spectator" Flag
    * Canteen Cup
    * Pilar Sticker
    * Keychain

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    Share the Joy Reward: Donated Tandem paragliding flight to a Child Welfare/Mufindi Orphan/Amani Lady. We will tag you on social media with an image of the joy you shared!

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    Flytec Reward:
    Sexy custom speed sleeves (Thermal outer layer) branded with Flytec and One Sky Project. A must have for any pilot or outdoor enthusiast!

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    The Super Pilot Reward:
    *Sexy Speed Sleeves
    *Cigar Legends Reward
    *DVD sent to your home
    *One Sky Project Tshirt
    *Put the name of your choice on the back cover of our DVD
    *Personalized thank-you note from the One Sky Project team!

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    This is the ultimate way to personally be a part of One Sky Project.

    * Donated Tandem Flight
    * Speed Sleeves
    * Hemingway Reward
    * One Sky Project T Shirt

    PLUS: Personal thank-you with 5 postcards from our travels, and honorable mention on our website!

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    One Sky Team Reward: The biggest way to become part of our team!
    *Your logo on a corner section of the front cover of our DVD!
    *Donated Tandem flight to an orphan
    *Flytec Rewards (Thermal outer layer)
    *Hemingway Reward (assortment)
    *DVD Reward (Our DVD shipped to your house)
    *Africa Reward: (One Sky Project T Shirt)
    *Cigar Legends Reward (signed poster)
    * Postcards from 5 countries we visit
    * Personalized thank-you card from the whole team
    *Website Presence
    *Presence at the end of our short films

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    Get your amazing Logo displayed at the end of our commercials for Non-Profits. We will also include your company logo and short writeup on our website with a link. This is a great entry level business option.

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    Buy a Land Rover Door to wrap to promote your awesome company! Included in this is your logo exposure in our commercials and you will be seen as assisting in all the work the One Sky Project does on the ground.

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    OUR BEST BUSINESS OPTION
    Logo our tandem paragliding wing/Hang Glider wing which will be seen everywhere and in everything. This deal comes with Logo placement at the end of the commercials for the non-profits and a link/writeup on our website.

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    Solid Friction winch created by Steve Sirrine
    Includes Drogue and Line
    Under 100 Pounds!
    Delivery and training will need to be discussed.

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    - Cape Town, Leg #1, Jan 19-24

    4 nights/5 days.

    $3800 per person

    Includes:

    - Local area lodging in home-stay or Bed & Breakfast accommodations
    - Transport to and from One Sky Project expedition and nightly destinations
    - The opportunity to join No Danger Diaries on an epic exploration of the streets of Cape Town in one of their current project
    - The opportunity to participate in a “lock out” accompanying street kids in a normal “day in the life”
    - Tandem flying lessons OR transportation if you’re an experienced pilot.
    - The opportunity to volunteer for a day at iKhaya home for children
    - Guided tour of Cape Town destinations
    - Participate onset the day of shooting the start of One Sky Project’s attempted flight off Table Mountain
    - Local guide to the Seven Sisters and Hout Bay
    * Donor is responsible for travel to and from primary location (flights to and from CT Cape Town)

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    The Documentary and Commercials will be featured by your organization. Your Logo at the opening to each piece of video media we produce. This is Maximum exposure. Links and description on oneskyproject.com will be provided.

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Funding period

- (30 days)