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The Kerala Corridor Project 4 Wild Asian Elephants

by Voice for Asian Elephants Society
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The Kerala Corridor Project 4 Wild Asian Elephants
The Kerala Corridor Project 4 Wild Asian Elephants
The Kerala Corridor Project 4 Wild Asian Elephants
The Kerala Corridor Project 4 Wild Asian Elephants
The Kerala Corridor Project 4 Wild Asian Elephants
The Kerala Corridor Project 4 Wild Asian Elephants
The Kerala Corridor Project 4 Wild Asian Elephants
The Kerala Corridor Project 4 Wild Asian Elephants
The Kerala Corridor Project 4 Wild Asian Elephants

I trust that the year 2020 has been productive and fulfilling thus far!

As we etch closer to our goal I thought it was pertinent to meet with the Kerala Forest Department (KFD) and provide an update on the significant progress we've made in terms of procuring plantation land and returning it to the forest department for rewilding it with native and endemic speceis!  Present at the meeting were the Chief Wildlife Warden, Mr. Surendra Kumar, Chief Conservator of Forests, Mrs. Padma Mahanti (CCF), and Conservator of Forests, Mr. Sanjayan, and they said that our efforts exemplify how common people can help the forest department.

The CCF was so ecstatic, and it was deeply humbling to hear her say that after the completion of due processes, the KFD will share our model with average citizens to inspire them to purchase small patches of plantation land and return it to the KFD for protection and rewilding.

After we reach our goal, we would have to apply for the acceptance of our funds in India through a credible channel, following all the financial laws of the land, including the Foreign Currency Registration Act (FCRA). This could take anywhere between six months to a year, if not more. As it stands right now there's a backlog of six months, as the Indian government is being extra careful to ensure that terror related funds aren't funneled.

This is something that we have absolutely no control over.So, I ask of your patience, as we now begin the process. Subsequently, we will purchase the plot of land in the northern region of Kerala and turn it over to the KFD. The KFD will then clear up the plantation land, and transform it into a biodiversity rich forest filled with native and endemic species, making the land inhabitable for our elephants, and indeed other wildlife.

I also have another AMAZING NEWS!! The funds from this project will help procure around 2 acres of land, including the value of the produce, although it's only a tiny fraction of the amount of land that needs to be converted to into forest land. It seems our initiative is bringing good luck to the KFD!!  Apparently, the KFD is about to receive a MAJOR grant  from a world renowed institution to purchase balance of the land. Of course, it makes sense to keep the name of this institution confidential, in ensuring that nothing is preempted. 

Meantime, I'm delighted to share with you that we've raised $44,000 plus for our Kerala Corrdior Project (KPC)!  And my heart felt appeal is to please donate whatever you can to help us raise the remaining $818, so we can move on to our next exciting project!  CLICK HERE to help us cross the finish line!!

I will share a couple of exciting projects in the coming days. Hint, I'm meeting one of highest authorities in West Bengal on March 5th, and will share all the photos and outcomes!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR YOUR IMMENSE GENEROSITY AND HEARTFELT SUPPORT OF OUR NOBLE CAUSE!!

Yours sincerely,

Sangita

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Generosity is Giving More than You Can!
Generosity is Giving More than You Can!

Dear all:

We are truly excited, and humbled at the same time to inform you that one of our long time supporters has raised a total of $15,000. Ryan E organized the fundraiser at a recent weekend retreat in which more than 300 people had participated, and almost all of them generously donated to help our corridor initiative at a 58-acre plot of land where rubber and banana plantations are currently being cultivated.

Another good news is that, Dr. Raman Sukumar, a world renowned elephant and climate scientist, the only Indian scientist who sits on the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), also the founder of the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation (ANCF), announced our official partnership. Dr. Sukumar created the first ever corridor in India, where currently, there are 101 corridors according to the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) an increase from 80 over a decade ago. 

On a different note, I was in Kerala until November 18, 2019 to conduct a capacity building program for the mahouts of the Kottoor Elephant Rehabilitation Center, where we provided a week-long training. Two renowned positive reinforcement trainers demonstrated how to provide footcare and positive reinforcement training to replace corporal punishment and barbaric treatment of captive elephants. The feedback was incredibly positive.

And finally, our Gentle Giant Summit was a massive success, with officers from the forest, police, electricity departments, as well as rail and road development agencies participated. The outcome has been totally overwhelming, with everyone enthused to carry out the necessary vision and mission that was created after a steering committee was formed. The media has provided positive news coverage (below links).

But make no mistake about it, I've been cyber bullied by the elephant mafias, who continue to try hard to create a rift between the Kerala Forest Department (KFD) and myself. I've provided you the article below. The KFD knows all too well our intentions and long-term plans. After all it has taken 2-3 years of relationship and trust building.

Meantime, Tuesday, December 3rd is the BIGGEST DAY OF THE YEAR - THE #GivingTuesday! The Global Giving Foundation has set aside $500,000 in bonus funds and your donations will be multiplied on December 3rd, starting 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM New York time, or EST. Please CLICK HERE to contribute on December 3rd and multiply your impact.

With Ryan's donations that he plans to donate on the 3rd of December through this project, we'd have raised $25,000, very close to raising enough funds for the 1st phase of the plantation land purchase.

Please share our project with your family, and friends, and inspire them to donate on December the 3rd. Also, please share on your social media outlets, and tag your friends. Collectively we can make the lives of elephants liveable!! Collectively we can bring an end to the suffering of these supremely intelligent animals, and ensure that we return to them their lost land!

Thank you so much for your unbeniding support, and we look forward to a wonderfully productive holiday season!

Yours truly,

Sangita

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Organization Information

Voice for Asian Elephants Society

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
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Twitter: @vfaes_org
Project Leader:
Sangita Iyer
Los Angeles, CA United States
$46,609 raised of $50,000 goal
 
466 donations
$3,391 to go
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$25
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Every penny raised is to buy 2-acres of critical corridor land. With $25 you can adopt 54.5 Sq.Feet of the 1st phase of VFAES's land legacy and restore elephant habitat! Let's save wild elephants!!
$50
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Every penny raised is to buy 2-acres of critical corridor land. With $50 you can adopt 109 Sq.Feet of the 1st phase of VFAES's land legacy and restore elephant habitat! Let's save wild elephants!!
$100
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Every penny raised is to buy 2-acres of critical corridor land. With $100 you can adopt 218 Sq.Feet of the 1st phase of VFAES's land legacy and restore elephant habitat! Let's save wild elephants!!
$200
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Every penny raised is to buy 2-acres of critical corridor land. With $200 you can adopt 436 Sq.Feet of the 1st phase of VFAES's land legacy and restore elephant habitat! Let's save wild elephants!!
$500
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Every penny raised is to buy 2-acres of critical corridor land. With $500 you can adopt 1090 Sq.Feet of the 1st phase of VFAES's land legacy and restore elephant habitat! Let's save wild elephants!!
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Every penny raised is to buy 2-acres of critical corridor land. With $1,000 you can adopt 2180 Sq.Feet of the 1st phase of VFAES's land legacy and restore elephant habitat! Let's save wild elephants!!
$5,000
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Every penny raised is to buy 2-acres of critical corridor land. With $5000 you can adopt 1/4 acre of the 1st phase of VFAES's land legacy and restore elephant habitat! Let's save wild elephants!!
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Every penny raised is to buy 2-acres of critical corridor land. With $5000 you can adopt 1/2 an acre of the 1st phase of VFAES's land legacy and restore elephant habitat! Let's save wild elephants!!
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