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?
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