Namaste – Wings to Fly was founded in Vellanad, in the south of Kerala State in the year 2000, as an alternative solution to orphanages. Through the years the society has unexpectedly grown, helping more and more deserving children. Today it is an established Non Governmental Organization registered under the Travancore Literacy and Science Charitable Societies Act, 1955 and under the Foreign Contribution Act, 1976, having 15 family houses, sponsoring almost 850 deserving children, with many other relief and educational projects focusing on the neediest people. Namaste – Wings to Fly America focuses on helping children from the Kani tribe of southern India. Most Kani currently live in the remote jungle region of the Western Ghat mountain range, unable to attend school or receive healthcare and have very little future opportunity. Their homes are without electricity or plumbing, are made of material foraged from the jungle, and are often built high in the trees to protect against elephants. Thanks to Namaste – Wings to Fly America, some of these children have been able to move to nearby villages where they may choose to live in a home, attend school, receive healthcare, eat regularly, and live a more comfortable childhood.

The main goal of Namaste – Wings to Fly and Namaste – Wings to Fly America is to provide these children with the skills to become completely self-sufficient upon adulthood. Until then, the generosity of Americans is very much needed. The best way to help is to “adopt” one child for $365 per year in order to pay for all of their needs. More information may be found at or by emailing


Meet The Founder: Zak Franklin

SlickWear and Namaste Wings To Fly America: The first time we heard about Namaste Wings to Fly was at the 2010 SASA show in Boulder. As soon as we met Zak  we knew we had to work with him and his incredible organization. As our product line developed, and SlickWear started becoming a reality we knew that Namste Wings to Fly had to be our first initiative.

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