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Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants

by Trunks & Leaves Inc.
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants
Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants

In March-April we surveyed 300 households in villages between two national parks, Udawalawe and Lunugamwehera. The goal of the survey was to document socioeconomic conditions, experiences with elephants, and understand people's attitudes towards elephants as well as their perceptions of risk. These are communities that we intend to work with longer-term, so the surveys are an important means of getting to know them.

We identified 11 pre-schools in this round that we hope to sponsor with your help. The children are all 3-5 years old. As before, we were very impressed at how the teachers strive to foster a bright and creative learning environment using whatever they have on hand!

In May, we returned to each school to assess their specific needs. These include simple low-cost items such as books ($30 for one classroom), to larger investements such as toilets ($1300 for a school).

In the updated project page, you can find a complete list of the schools with photographs and list of needs. It's also included as an attachment. Could you please share our project with others you know who might also like to support these kids and teachers?

Thank you for your support!


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This project has two components:

1)    Understanding how elephants and people share space

Using camera traps, we are able to observe how people, elephants and other animals are using landscapes outside protected areas. We have deployed more than 20 cameras over fourteen months so far and are working our way up to 40. The hundreds of photos show that elephants frequently occur on private lands. This includes herds with calves, which are mostly active at night so as to avoid people. On the one hand, this is good news because it shows how adaptable elephants are in being able to continue surviving on land that is heavily used by people. On the other hand this exposes them to lots of risks. We've enlisted the help of the School of Computing from the University of Colombo to help us sort and analyze the photographs.

2)    Supporting communities living with elephants

Six schools were supported in the first round of fundraising (GG project 33222). At the end of the Sri Lankan school year in December 2018 we had a very special visitor who brought a wealth of Montessori training material to donate to each school and conducted a crash course on Positive Discipline with all the teachers. In January, the start of the school year, the materials were distributed to each school. In February we started a fresh survey of new communities and schools to include in the program and expect to complete this assessment by mid-March.

Please see attached document for the full report with photographs.

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Trunks & Leaves Inc.

Location: Newtonville, MA - USA
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Twitter: @AsianEle
Project Leader:
Shermin de Silva
San Diego, California United States
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