Your generosity made it possible for a grand presentation of all the items on the list below for 30 elephants and their families in May of 2018. They were accepted at first with bewilderment as there is no precedent of this kind of philanthropy in northern Myanmar. We have shown the government what it means to connect with these magnificent animals
2018 WWW Challenge Grant $2500
WWW's Walking with Elephants Myanmar Adventure Feb. 2017 has initiated a new project for us which we are proud to be a part of, knowing that tangible results and hope for many will result with our participation. These ex-logging elephants are in danger of being totally abandoned as the government does not have the money to pay for upkeep of both elephants and Mahouts who are being forced to seek employment elsewhere. The elephants will lose health care and proper food, ultimately succumbing to death via conflict with humans or being sold into dreadful slave labor.
Living next to our elephants gave us the opportunity to witness the strong bond between families and elephants. Here is the list of what is needed to help protect these magnificent creatures and families...a quickly disappearing way of life.
Medicine And Food For One Young Elephant 10 to 55 years:
Tamarind balls and salt - $7.00
De-worming and vitamins - $75.00
Rice bran and Paddy - $12.00
Monthly upkeep for one elephant - $94.00
Total For One Elephant Per Year - $1128.00
One Mahout Family's Needs For One Year:
Mosquito nets and blankets - $8.00
Children's school supplies - $10.00
Children's uniforms - $15.00
Children's backpacks - $10.00
Uniforms - $32.00
Total for 1 Family Per Year $75.00
This is just a small percentage of the 5000 elephants without a job.
PLEASE help us meet this challenge. It is the least we can do! We must never forget the precarious situation for elephants in Myanmar. There maybe as few as 1500 wild elephants left. Not only are they being poached for their ivory and meat but also for their skins to be made into a face powder for the Vietnamese.
BIOGAS UNITS TO EMPOWER WOMEN AND GIRLS
adjacent to Elephant Camps
A concrete structure buried in the ground over which sits a toilet for human use and below animal dung may be added creating clean methane gas, a precious blue cooking flame piped into the house. GIRLS AND MOTHERS no longer need to search for wood, smoke induced diseases are eliminated, cattle are kept near the house reducing forest damage and tiger conflict. Girls and women are free to study and learn skills that lift them out of poverty.
CLEAN COOKING FUEL ENHANCES TIGER CONSERVATION
2 Biogas Units each $700 = $1400
4 households benefit from 2
One time cost for technician from Nepal to help set up the units air food lodging for 3 weeks. $3,500
Transportation of materials $500
Please we ask for your generosity once again. These elephants and mahout families are part of the WWW family. What a powerful and compassionate way to show that we care!. We were the first group to do a walking trip with elephants in Myanmar. There will never be a basket on an elephant's back again, there will be no riding. 10 mahouts and a forestry official are being sent to Thailand to Lek Chailert's Elephant Nature Park thru the generousity of a WWW donor to learn the loving and kind ways of the perfect elephant world.