Teaching Elephant Empathy through Play

Heart of Ganesh is on the road again, spreading Humane Tourism and The Elephant Love Project throughout SE Asia.

Today we had the joy of playing our brand new game “Elephant Love!” with these smart, thoughtful children. We created this game to help break open any language or cultural barriers, knowing play and laughter make the best teachers.elephantloveThe Elephant Love Project encourages empathy and understanding while giving young people a chance to discover for themselves how they feel, and what sort of world they can create when compassion leads the way.

As much as so many of us in the West might want to save elephants, these children live where elephants live, and in the end, it will be up to them.

To Elephant Love!elephantlove2

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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