Can your Wing Fly Forever?
Better Together - One of the most rewarding aspects of flying with others is getting to pick up on the incessant wonder and enthusiasm they experience. Here Matthew gets stoked during our first cross-country flight as he realizes we've flown from Dedza, into Ntcheu, regions. Thank you for reminding me of this great privilege Matthew! <3 B
Today is a day we can all join hands and Celebrate! Today marks a milestone of determination and the power of Dreams in the face of Fear, Adversity and Despair. Friends, Today, many pieces of a very complex puzzle will align as the first ever School of Dreams participant will step foot in Malawi and begins engaging with the magic we've all, in some way, big or small, contributed to by standing behind this unique concept. [right:image:22839][url=/participants/matthew_van_zyl]Matthew van Zyl[/url] of South Africa, we welcome you as the first, non-commercial, Solo Pilot to begin the magical Dream Exchange process with the beautiful people of Malawi. May you share your gifts and be equally moved and inspired by theirs, and may your wing soar high as the hearts of the children, excited to greet you upon your return to Earth. On top of bringing gliders for future paragliding students for supervised ground-handling, Matthew will bring his passion for inspiring classrooms around the world about this wonderful form of free-flight. Inspired? [url=/opportunities/fly_malawi_2018]Registration for 2018[/url] will open next January. [b]Today, you can Support this Project by:[/b] [url=/opportunities/contribute_equipment]Contributing Small or X-Small, Airworthy, Student[/url] gliders to the project Grabbing an [url=https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSchoolofDreams/]Adventure Bag[/url], made from recycled paragliders by proud mothers of Malawi Downloading any of Benjamin's inspiring [url=http://benjaminjordan.com/film/]Adventure Documentaries[/url] Today! Thank you all! <3 Ben [group:image:22842][group:image:22838][group:image:22840]
Less than 2% of Malawian youth will attend high-school. Less than 2% have light in their homes. We believe these numbers are closely linked and are committed to raising the standard of education in Malawi with the distribution of solar powered light for students. [right:image:23359]Malawians work hard, mostly in their fields in order to feed their families, occasionally selling a chicken for spending money. The village of Mganja, home to the School of Dreams, is completely off grid and some homes have collected enough money for simple solar light setups. Many however are putting their money into schooling and supplies, choosing instead to invest in their children's future. As a result of this financial burden, those that need light the most have been forced to go without. [right:image:23364]The 'Dream Lights' initiative honors the efforts of hard working students by offering them the gift of Solar Powered Light, enabling them to complete their homework and allowing them to excel in school to their maximum potential. Together with Goal Zero, we launched the pilot project in July of 2018, installing kits in ten homes, providing an average of six hours of light per day to a total of 26 students. Their progress is being tracked and, if the results are positive, we will propose that another 100 kits be set up so that every student in the village may benefit from this sustainable energy. [show:image:23376] [url=http://theschoolofdreams.org/photo/dream_lights/]Click here[/url] to see the Dream Lights Photo Documentary.