Mission: Peace + Freedom
Our first mission is a disaster relief project in East and Central Africa, with a focus on connecting the most globally linked country in the region, Uganda, with surrounding conflict zones.
Why Peace + Freedom?
Peace + Freedom Services is a joint venture between Manaf Freighters and Solar Ship that works with local experts, veterans, and entrepreneurs to deliver essential cargo to those who are most in need. The project grew out of the violence witnessed by Michel Rugema and Fred Nimubona in their native country, Burundi.
Conflict zones result in refugee camps, infectious disease outbreaks, crumbled infrastructure, and loss of life. These areas see an overwhelming number of displaced people who are in need of critical supplies. Peace + Freedom has built a network of problem solvers to put an end to war, giving people the freedom to innovate.
Peace + Freedom has offices in Canada, the US and Africa, including South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. Mission training is underway now.
Future Mission: Connect the North
Canada is the second largest country in the world with over 80% of its territory having no year-round roads. Traditionally winter roads, or "ice roads," provide the primary transport system for moving cargo in and out of remote areas. The last decade has seen warmer temperatures melting the ice roads, resulting in trucking becoming a thing of the past for Canada's North. Trucking companies don't know if the climate will provide cold enough temperatures to sustain an ice road so they must either charge cargo prices at 100 times more than southern Canada, or they go out of business.
The economics of the north are clogged. Entrepreneurs with ideas on how to service Canada's north are left with the traditional bush plane, a Canadian invention that remains an excellent means of transport for many applications, but bush planes cannot carry a shipping container. Canada's north is left with no access to intermodal transport.
The Mission is to train local aviators and operators to use the Solar Ship Wolverine in the harsh conditions of Canada's north. Local experts know how to connect the north. Solar Ship provides new equipment - aircraft, hangar, power supplies, communications - and the training to operate, maintain and repair the equipment. This mission is working with local partners in Canada's north to launch in 2017.
Future Mission: The Air-Trucking Silk Road
China is the third largest country in the world with over 80% of its people living on 30% of its territory. While eastern China has become the world's fastest growing industrial economy, western China remains disconnected from the benefits of China's innovation and industry. An air trucking platform using the Wolverine and Nanuq complements China's existing investments in infrastructure linking its west to its east. The domestic market for aviation entrepreneurs is in its infancy in China. Combining forces with the aviation communities in Canada and Africa provides this mission with the knowledge and training to enable China to launch a new community of disruptive aviation entrepreneurs able to deliver food, medicine, and technologies to the vast areas of China.
The Mission is to train local aviators and operators to use the Solar Ship Wolverine and Nanuq in the remote areas of China. Again, local experts know how these areas must be serviced. Solar Ship provides new equipment - aircraft, hangar, power supplies, communications - and the training to operate, maintain and repair the equipment. This mission is working with local partners in China to launch in 2017.