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Strings Of Hope

Participate in the Strings Of Hope Campaign.
The following is taken from their site:

In these strange, difficult and sad times of Covid pandemic, with lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders, with people forbidden to fly kites or even go outdoors, with kite festivals postponed and cancelled, we could all use some messages of hope to brighten our days.
So we at the KAP Jasa kite club from Slovenia got an idea - we call it Strings of Hope.
Remember how we flew messages on pieces of paper to the sky on a kite line? This is what we should be doing again - but on a global scale.
Since we can't socialize and many of us are not allowed to fly kites, we shall get together online. Some of us will write messages of hope, others will fly them to the sky.
Imagine: a child in New Zealand draws a picture of hope that a kite flyer from Slovenia flies on his kite; a worker in India writes a message and a kite flyer from Canada delivers it to the sky; a girl in Argentina composes a poem that flies above the fields in France ...
This is how we connect people of the Earth. We will make sure everyone can see these messages of hope, to enlighten our lives and to remeber us all that we are part of one sky, one world.
We made a short video of what Strings of Hope should be and what it should accomplish:
So ... if you like the idea, please create your Message of Hope for all the people of the world - write an encouraging sentence, maybe compose a poem, or draw a nice picture ...
Then take a photo of it and send it to us (on Strings of Hope Facebook page, or via Facebook Messenger:, or via e-mail: We will fly your message to the sky for everyone to see!
And if you can still fly a kite, we will send you a Message of Hope so you can deliver it into the sky - and take a video of it, so everyone can see it reach the skies above our Earth.


1. Contact Strings Of Hope and create a message for their program.
2. Submit your video with the message you have been given to share
3. In your challenge submission, include the link to the video you created.


Check out Strings Of Hope on Facebook at:


This Challenge is all about how you have either used kites, to influence your life or someone elses. It is the time to share the story.


1. This submission can be done via either text, photo, or video.
2. Capture a story from yourself or someone else about how kites have been influential, or a particularly special memory.
3. In the Comments/Note Section of the submission, include the story along with relelvant details, i.e. is this about you or a friend.
4. This challenge is not really being 'judged', it is more about sharing stories. Really everyone is a winner.


Check out this TED talk about a kite story!

Let Them Teach You

This is a challenge that can be accomplished in many ways. The point is to get someone to teach you a new skill useful in either kiteflying or kite making and take a photo of the end result. You can reach out to an experienced person and have them teach you a new skill, OR, ask your kid to show you how to build a kite and let them teach you. Do as they instruct, and show off your end results! This challenge is not about well you accomplish it, more about how you embrace learning. You can use a published tutorial, video, or other resource as your 'mentor', it does not have to be a person.


1. Take a photo of your completed item. If it is a skill, take a photo of the end result of the skill. Submit the photo (or a link) with your challenge submission.
2. In the Comments/Notes section of the submission, include the name of the person that taught you or a link to the tutorial you used.
3. Entries will not be judged on craftsmanship, but instead how they best embody the spirit of learning.


Did you know there are a few tutorials on the Fortuna Found Youtube Channel?

Kitchen Sink DIY

This is a fun and easy challenge meant for everyone from a first timer to the experienced kitebuilder. It is simple. Using only items easily found in a common home, build a kite, anything and everything but the kitchen sink! It can be an established design, or one all of your own, the point is simply to build with what you have on hand


1. Use items that can be found in MOST households. Yes some have more than others, but try to stick with common objects like 'Skewers, straws, copy paper, napkins'.
2. Take at least one photo of the completed kite (preferably in flight) and include this with your submission.
3. In the comments/notes section of your submission include the materials list.
4. Entries will be judged on how well they stuck to the idea and the best use of materials. While consideration to 'flight characteristics' may be considered, it is not a determining factor. :) The point is to be creative and have fun!


Some ideas to get you started:
Check out 'Building Free and Recycled Kites' By Glenn Davison (
Instructable for a Sled Kite:
Or a Box kite:

Submit an entry here

By submitting an entry to one of the challenges you hereby agree to allow your submission to be made public and shared with the relevant information you supply. (Yes, you can use an alias :) ) Please provide the best email address to contact you at for follow up. Your email address WILL NOT BE SHARED OR MADE PUBLIC without your explicit permission. 

deadline: Midnight Sept 20th 

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