Giving Back

Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu. (A person is only a person through other people). -Zulu proverb


“Ubuntu is very difficult to render into a Western language…It is to say. ‘My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in what is yours.'” -Desmond Tutu, No Future Without Forgiveness


Silindi with Taya at the Zoo

The Silindile Trust

The Silindile Trust’s main purpose is to provide for the education and future of a little girl who is profoundly deaf in both ears and lives in an informal settlement in Soweto, South Africa. To read the full story of how I became involved, click here. 

The short version: I met Silindile while on the board of the Pastoral Centre Preschool and Creche in Kliptown and founded the trust in 2006. Thanks to the commitment of the trustees, she attends the St. Vincent’s School for the Deaf in Rosebank, Johannesburg, a learning community that also helps her mother to learn sign language and makes sure the family gets enough to eat.

Donations are used for: hearing aids, a housing fund, and nutritious meals. To find out more, contact Taya.

To make a direct transfer:
Bank Name: Standard Bank
Account Holder: Tracy Lee Nagle Trust Account
Branch Name: Killarney
Branch Code: 007205
Account Number: 001645501
REFERENCE: Silindile Trust

Lunchtime at the Creche

The Pastoral Centre Crèche

The Pastoral Centre Preschool and Crèche is a registered non-profit organization that provides a safe haven and early childhood education for several hundred of the most vulnerable children from Freedom Charter Square, Kliptown, Soweto. It is situated in the middle of the informal settlement, surrounded by closely-built shacks separated by narrow dirt tracks. At least half of the children come from families that are too poor to pay school fees; some of the parents do volunteer work in exchange for their children’s attendance. Many children have lost one or both parents to AIDS, or have parents who are dying of AIDS. The Pastoral Centre welcomes donations both in cash and kind from foundations, corporates, and concerned individuals.

Contribute using PayPal via the American 501(c)3 non-profit Raise the Sky, or directly:

Bank Name: First National Bank
Account Holder: Pastoral Centre Preschool & Creche
Account Number: 55610020378
Branch Name: Industria
Branch Code: 252805


Raise the Sky

In 2009, I founded non-profit Raise the Sky with a small group of like-minded skydivers. Inspired by the generosity of skydivers on a local scale and within our own communities, our goal was to create a foundation for our sport to engage on a larger scale through outreach and fundraising for worthy causes. A registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt charity, Raise the Sky’s flagship Flying Dreams program brings skydivers into schools to mentor and inspire children in the context of human flight. Raise the Sky also connects skydivers to diverse humanitarian and charitable efforts by organizing fundraising events at dropzones all over the US and the world. 

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