What is the Strings of Hope initiative?
Strings of Hope is a global awareness-raising initiative, conceived in 2020 by KAP Jasa – kite team Slovenia. It aims to connect people, kite flyers, and important issues. The mechanism is simple: one creates a message (called a Message of Hope), shares the message with us, we give it to kite flyers around the world, and they send the message high into the sky on a kite line – a string of hope – and so the message symbolically reaches everyone in the world.
What are Messages of Hope?
A Message of Hope is a message about something important, something dear, something one cares about. It can be personal or global – we have flown everything from secret love letters, goodbyes to loved ones, and letters to Santa, to political slogans, calls-to-action, thank you notes, and wishes for a better world. Anything you care about and wish to share with the world is a Message of Hope.
How do Messages of Hope reach people of the world?
When we receive a Message of hope, we give it to someone that flies kites. The kite is lifted high, the Message of Hope is printed out, the paper is rolled into a cone around the kite line, and the wind picks it up and flies it into the sky. At that moment the Message of Hope (symbolically) reaches everyone – but in a world that craves comfort and proofs, the flight of the Message is videotaped and the video shared online (if the author so wishes).
Is there a specific topic or theme for Messages of Hope?
As every Message of Hope comes from the heart, there can be no restrictions or guidance to follow. However, we do have a “main topic” of sorts, which we change every year. The first Strings of Hope edition was about hope in the times of pandemic, and the current one is about fighting climate change.
How do I send you a Message of Hope?
It’s simple – use a convenient form here. No field except the Message of Hope itself is mandatory – we do not need your name, country or e-mail – however it is nice to know who is the sender and from where. The e-mail is used exclusively for sending you the video of the flight of your message, and you can choose if your message is public (and the video will be published on this website and elsewhere) or just for you (in that case only you will get the video).
I have a kite – how do I send a Message of Hope into the sky?
It’s exceptionally easy – the wind does it all for you! Lift a kite high and attach the kite line to an anchor. Take the Message of Hope written or printed on a piece of paper (A4 works best, A5 is okay too), roll it into a cone around the kite line pointing upwards, and tape it so it won’t unfold. Then just let it go: the wind will pick it up and take it high into the sky along the kite line.
See this video tutorial and see how easy it is yourself!
Can children participate too?
Of course! Kids have so much hope, they love kites, and are enthusiastic about seeing their Message of Hope fly into the sky. Both creating a Message of Hope and flying a message is perfect for kids. They can even draw a Message of Hope – see the next FAQ. And this year’s Strings of Hope main topic is climate change – that’s about them, about the world they will live in!
Where will the video of the flight of my message be published?
The video of your Message of Hope flying will be posted on this site here, and on the Strings of Hope YouTube channel – if you wish. Check “My message is for everyone” on the submission form to make it sure.
Can I join the Strings of Hope initiative?
Of course! Strings of Hope needs everyone to share hope to the world. Become a partner – send us an e-mail to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch.
I want to participate – where do I get the Strings of Hope logotype, main visual, and other graphic material?
We have prepared a .zip file with everything you need in every possible format. It’s an 11.1 MB file and you can download it here: