'Every time I fly my kite I feel free.' That is a quote from a young Syrian refugee in Jordan, recorded by photographer Pablo Tasco. The striking thing about this quote is the reminder that young children in many places are forced to grapple with the concept of freedom; but also how incredibly resilient kids are and how effective something as simple as a kite can be transporting a young mind to "freedom."


The purpose of this project was to connect children from our communities with those in Uganda and Rwanda. For cross-cultural learning, but also for the important  soul exercise of taking our time and talents and engaging them in the care of others.


There were many partners for this project including Kites In The Sky, LLC and  Color the Wind organization. Individuals donated resources; teachers and classes from Illinois colored kites; and strangers in the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia) supported the mission by posing with the kites.


The elation these kites created in the children in camps and neighborhoods in Uganda and Rwanda transcended our imagination. Because, not only did it bring the intended joy and encouragement to the kids that received them, but we watched it lift the spirits of the surrounding adults as well.

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