It all began with a simple request for Godfrey to visit Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. News spread, and his one week visit to the USA quickly snowballed into a three month film and speaking tour, stopping at schools, paragliding clubs and communities across the land.
With a packed schedule of over 30 events in less than three months, we had just enough free time to experience this majestic country in the company of so many very lovely people. From coast to coast, that welcoming North American spirit energized our small team with the enthusiasm we needed to continue sharing our dream while inspiring others to discover theirs. (Tour Hosts are now on our Thank You page :)
Thank you for making our fundraising efforts so fruitful. With over half the funds and materials need to build the School of Dreams in Malawi now raised, we are moving forward with confidence and will begin construction of the school this summer. Due to popular demand, Godfrey will return to USA next fall to continue his fundraising programs with schools and communities on the west coast and in the south. We will post more info on this soon.
To the good people of the United States: Thank you for allowing us to spread our wings so far and wide. Without each and everyone of you, this incredible project would not hold the magic that it does today.
Godfrey, Ben & Erica
We are still accepting screening requests from all across Europe and will post our schedule shortly.
Bring us to your town! If you are in, or have friends in the following countries, consider hosting a screenign or filling out our no-obligation screening form today.
Friends in the United Kingdom: We regret to say that, due to complicated visa processes, Godfrey will not be able to make it to the UK for the spring of 2014. We intend to do a seperate visit not far down the road. Please email Erica and let her know you are interested and she'll give you plenty of notice before we come.
"As an educator I am always looking for programs that help my students find inspiration and that help them to make connections to the world outside of our school walls. Inviting the Above and Beyond Documentary Society to our campus to view the film, The Boy Who Flies, is to date, the most rewarding and inspirational event we have brought to our students. The film is not only beautifully made, but more importantly, the message that was conveyed to our students was invaluable- to believe in themselves and not to give up even when faced with failure. The level of emotion in our assembly hall when Godfrey entered the room after the film was palpable, students shouted and cheered, there was a true connection made. I would recommend this assembly/event to any and all schools that are looking to inspire their students to find their path, work hard for their dreams and to have occasion for self reflection."
- Gabrielle Kaplan MA Ed. Director, The Quarry Lane International School, Dublin, CA
"Hosting the gang from "The Boy Who Flies"(Godfrey, Ben & Erica) was amazing. The film and it's uplifting story was a special life moment for our family and our daughters school. We feel like we made life long friends and look forward to sharing their dreams with friends far and wide!"
-Trish Petty Parent, Washington, D.C.
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Godfrey return to America in November of 2014
American schools, clubs, institutions and community organizers interested in hosting us between November 2014 and January 2015 should reivew our Host Overview page and complete a Screening Application as soon as possible.
March 9th, 2014 - by Godfrey Masauli in Blantyre, Malawi
Before I left for America, like most Malawian men, my life required me to never lift a finger around the house.
During my travels, I met many men who worked alongside their wives in the kitchen. Much as this looked strange to me, I did my part by chopping vegetables, stirring pots and then cleaning them afterwards. To my amazement, this work was both satisfying and fun.
Upon my return to Malawi, I surprised my family by making them a nice breakfast. They laughed, saying that this would be the first and last time in history. The next day, I cleaned the entire house. “This could be a lizard’s tail,” my sisters warned my mother.
There is a belief in our culture that when a man does women’s work, he has been fed a lizard’s tail. A “House Lizard” is a name given to a man who doesn't go very far in life, just sticking around the home all day doing simple chores.
My mother has mixed feelings about it. “I am just happy to have some help around this place,” she tells my sisters. As for me, I am not sure if I have eaten a tail or not. I am just happy to be doing the things I love.