Light up the Night

We’ve begun setting up motion-sensor lights around test farms that have sustained recent crop-loss from several bull elephants.  Different wattages, different angles and heights, and reflective tape hanging from the wires are being installed. Keeping subsistence farmers safe helps keep wild elephants safe, and when you help one you help the other.

And yet, this won’t fix the problem—no individual solution has been found anywhere in the international community.  We hope that it WILL give farmers more time to respond when elephants approach their farms, while other conservation approaches are painstakingly implemented.  Keeping an eye on and tending the immediate issues while also working to amend the larger problems is at the Heart of The Elephant Love Project.
Shifting conflict into coexistence will take creative and cooperative efforts by us all—farmers, conservationists, tourists, anyone anywhere who eats rice or papayas or loves elephants — such a tall order when it will be a slow change in a fast moving world.  But not knowing how to fix the entire problem is no reason not to try to fix what we can, where we can, however we can.
Sometimes in the midst of such ongoing conflict it can seem impossible to even imagine that solutions can be discovered—and implemented—in time to save what we love.  But it is that very love that demands we continue to try.

1 Village, 91 Dogs, and 6 cats!

“Dogs With Heart”, a project from Heart of Ganesh and The Elephant Love Project, held the first Mobile Medical Outreach clinic at the village temple yesterday and everywhere you looked there were good families patiently waiting for hours for their dogs to receive free health care from the Heart. 

If you aren’t familiar with village life, it might be difficult understand what it takes to not only arrange such a rural clinic and bring in the veterinarian from the closest town, but also to be a participant with your dogs. People came by foot, by 3-wheeler, and by tractor, with their dogs and cats in cardboard boxes, led with roughhewn rope, or carried on their shoulders.
 
Along with additional home-visits and medical intervention scheduled over the next few weeks for 26 of the sickest dogs, we’re also preparing for the second clinic in the next village.  That our first outreach served almost 100 animals shows how important the work is, and how powerful the love is.  Some days you serve one, some days you serve many, but all days give us an opportunity to create a kinder world for all…
 
My concern about whether anyone would show up was a bit unfounded! 91 dogs! We are just getting started ❤️.
 

Dogs With Heart

Tomorrow we begin implementing “Dogs With Heart”.  Many will say that to even begin such a project in a rural village is foolish, for hungry, mangy, suffering dog are everywhere.

And that is exactly why we begin.  Because they are everywhere.

We’ll start with this pup, who is seeking refuge from the rain on my porch.  She smells terrible, her itching is unbearable, her ribs too visible. And her eyes?  All they say is “Love me please” — so we will.  And the circle will grow, because love begets love, and they are everywhere…

Project Report: Putrom 2, Cambodia

It was so good to see the kids from Putrom 2 again, the 2nd year Heart of Ganesh has supported their return to school by making sure they had the necessary supplies to start the new year off right! Collaborating with the Elephant Livelihood Environment Initiative has been a joy, witnessing the multi-layered changes that can occur when organizations work together for the benefit of all beings.

After handing out bags and singing songs, we visited the library we built for Putrom 2 last year, and we were seriously thrilled to see the condition of the books, art supplies, and the creative work that is being done there.  A charity never truly knows what will happen to what they lovingly built when visa’s and other work require  moving on to another project in another country.  To walk in to the library and see the care that has been taken was a HeartFull moment!

When I asked Mr. Savouen if there was anything that needed improved upon, he asked if the “Book Check-Out” sheets could be reformatted, because the children were checking out SO MANY BOOKS that there wasn’t enough room to record them…For a school and a village that previously had no access to a library, this was the best possible request we could have received and we  look forward to funding and expanding our support of these great kids.  The close-in walls of their small village will expand ten-fold if they are all given the chance to read, read, and read some more.  And then? Who knows what good they might do in the world. ❤️???”

Back in Cambodia!

We’re back in Cambodia now, ready to take our “Elephants Can’t Read” project to the next level!  Meeting with the Community Board of the local education department, we reviewed how a year ago today we delivered school supplies to 127 kids going to Putrom 2 Primary School, many of them children of the minority ethnic Bunong, living not far from the border of Vietnam, and with long family histories in elephants.
Yesterday we helped the Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment get children from 3 rural villages registered for the new school year, and soon we’ll set them up once again with all the school supplies they need, and also tend the library we built for them last year, filled with over 800 books, art supplies, and all kinds of mad love.
Trunks up for solid collaborations and for helping communities whose lives are intertwined with elephants—village by village, elephant-sized love changes lives, for the animals, the people, and the habitat they all call home.