Believe in the goodness of people and the power of compassionate action.

Believe in the goodness of people and the power of compassionate action.

Believe in the goodness of people and the power of compassionate action.

After several months in Thailand, we’re now back in Sri Lanka, moving forward with good people all working together to rescue illegally captured juvenile elephants, as well as helping both subsistence farmers and wild elephants who are trapped in a cycle of Human/Elephant conflict deep within the interior of the country.

The work takes far more patience than what comes naturally…Such changes require the willingness to have open minded dialogues with foreign cultures and conflicting attitudes, the capacity to set the ego aside to cultivate a network which embraces the skills of diverse groups and individuals, and the resiliency to hold the immense suffering of the elephants and people alike until our one goal is met: to create a world where compassion trumps captivity for both the elephant and the human heart.

It is easy to turn away when what lies in front of us seems impossible to change. But with my own eyes I am witnessing daily the power of possibility as the tide shifts toward an advocacy born of an open heart across many belief systems. As the new year approaches, these potent changes for the good will continue in great thanks to all of those who refused to quit or to play dirty, but withstood the building pressures of anger and sadness, remaining steadfast in allowing What Moves Them To Move The World.

THE COLUMBIAN: Bits ‘n’ Pieces: Sounding the trumpet for the elephants

Heart of Ganesh founder and executive director Sundari Sitaram moves thousands of miles from home to help change the future for elephants.  Read more about her journey here: …

If you were to tell Sundari Sitaram three years ago that she’d be spending her 51st birthday on her way to live in a bungalow in rural Thailand, she’d have never believed you.

“I thought living out of your backpack was something you did in your 20s, so it’s pretty funny to be 51 and living in the jungle,” she said.

In October, the former Camas woman sold everything she owned to buy a one-way ticket to a place more than 7,000 miles away from her comfortable life. And though moving across the world was a tough decision, it came down to one thing for Sitaram: the best way to create real change when it comes to the treatment of elephants in Southeast Asia was to be there.

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