Elephant Haven Sanctuary, Thailand
$11,127 of $5,000 goal
Elephant Haven was once a trekking camp providing tourists with elephant riding and entertainment, it has since been converted into a place where elephants can recover in peace and be elephants again.
The business of people using Elephants to acquire easy tourist dollars is ugly, abusive, shameful, and unfortunately quite profitable… but places like Elephant Haven serve both as sanctuaries for these animals and as necessary experiential education for tourists and animal lovers alike. They help shine a light on the need for us to reevaluate our relationships to this planet’s most wonderful creatures.
Upon our jouney to Thailand, we had the great pleasure of spending a few days at Elephant Haven, and experienced what it takes to care for these amazing beings. From prepearing food, to feedings them, to walking, playing, and washing them, we even helped shovel & clean up their massive amounts of poop! There is no doubt that the people of any animal sanctuary have their hands full. Saving animals is not cheap. Even though its highly rewarding, Elephant Haven still has to compete against the existing Elephant Trekking Camps that continue to win over bussiness by offering rides, and all kinds of sad entertainment provided by bo-hooks and years of abuse and submission.
In Thailand, in order to buy an elephant’s freedom the cost is approx $20,000 USD. And after it acquires its freedom it only gets more expensive. Food, shelter, vet bills, care-takers, up keeping facilities, and property for the elephants to roam lead to an endless amount of expenditures. And when putting the elephant to work is not an option to bring in revenue, sanctuaries rely on visitors and donations.
So, we ask that you help in any way you can. Every single dollar is worth something to the people of Elephant Haven. So thank you.
We believe that it is our duty to protect those in need and we've come to a point in our history where so many of our animal friends need the help of places like this. We hope to raise enough money to provide Elephant Haven with even just a little more financial assistance as they continue to lead by example.
We thank you for taking this time to watch the video, visit our gofundme page, and contribute to the change we all wish to see upon our planet. Lets stand together as one and speak for the voiceless, they need us as much as we need them.
Mark and Juliana Spicoluk
Thank you guys so much... For getting behind this idea, turning it into a project, and then making it a complete success for all of the elephants and people of Elephant Haven Thailand.
The main message we were given to bring back to you all was a message of beautiful humbled gratitude. Nobody had to do anything. But you all did. And the impact was felt deeply in the hearts of Elephant Haven, as well as in both of ours. What you all accomplished here may not have changed the world entirely, but we promise you this: it changed the world for the elephants of Elephant Haven Thailand and it is an extremely beautiful accomplishment.
You all have our hearts forever...
... Julianan & Mark*
With great admiration for all of you, and incredible humility towards being at the helm of such an inspiring, successful, and wonderful fund raise… today we are officially closing down the donation link to the Elephant Haven Go Fund Me. The two of us have decided to begin another fund raise project in the coming months and want to turn our attention there instead- now that this one has been properly wrapped up and sealed with all the love it has received and deserved.
Shortly we will be releasing a video that we shot while delivering the money to elephant haven last month. It was an incredibly emotional experience, and the money was received with nothing but the most wonderful light. We made plans with the management at Elephant Haven on how the money would be used, the official and retired founder of the sanctuary came back to Elephant Haven to send a personal message of thanks and gratitude to all of you guys, and the elephants themselves were their usual majestic selves who, although were probably not aware of what was accomplished on their behalf, will be finding out very soon as their lives will be enriched by all of your efforts and willingness to give. All the details of this will be in the coming celebration video. But we want to be clear here and now at how appreciative everyone was from Elephant Haven Sanctuary, from the Mahoots who live and take care of the elephants all hours of the day, to the staff, the guides, and the ownership members. They all send their love and gratitude. <3
We personally want to say thank you to each and every one of you. You all not only have shown the world that great things can be accomplished if you allow yourself to be opened up, but you have also personally helped the two of us truly understand and believe that anything is possible when your heart is in the right place and you make an affirmative decision to fully go for it. And that any and all positive ideas set out to make this world a better place, or an elephant’s world in this case, can be brought to life by a small group of passionate people.
We are true believers now, and hope you are too.
The elephants of south east Asia need us all now more than ever. We hope this campaign contributed more than just funds, but also to awareness and discussion. This will be the path to peace, so if there is one thing more that we can ask of all of you… it is that we all continue to spread the message of love and compassion and freedom, for all beings… elephants included. And to support sanctuaries everywhere you travel.
Love and all our light…
Juliana & Mark*
We are going to be doing a Live Instagram Stream from Elephant Haven in two days, details will be secured and announced tomorrow. Cant wait to introduce you all to the staff and elephants and to show you around the Haven! ☮️
We should be solidifying specific dates with the sanctuary to deliver the money soon. But in the mean time we do want to put out a loose invite to anyone that might be interested to come join us at Elephant Haven Sanctuary in May (Kanchanaburi, Thailand). We're looking around the middle of May. It would be so great to meet some of you wonderful souls and for us all to share some quality time with these beautiful creatures. Feel free to email us if you think you might want to join. You can even join us for a yoga class along the River Kwai or on the grounds where we practiced last time.
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. This has been so inspiring for us. And none of it would have been possible without all of you.
Love & Light
Mark and Juliana
We were looking into incorporating yoga into our lives and we found your video. I am hooked. Tomorrow will be the first day to start my vegan life. I was overwhelmed by your elephant video and have shared it with others. Thank you so much, you made my week and have allowed me to find the push I needed to finally make the final push from only fish to a true vegan diet.