Children living at the edge of the Wasgamuwa National Park has to walk through an elephant corridor 5 kilometers to school every day. Farmers to protect their children from elephants started to shoot them and several elephants were seriously injured. To stop the increasing human elephant conflicts in the corridor the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) established the EleFriendly Bus Service.
The EleBus safely transport these children to their schools free of charge. Without the EleBus the children’s safety as well as the lives of the elephants in the corridor is at risk every morning and afternoon. The SLWCS maintained the EleBus with funds from our volunteer program. However, with the recent turmoil in Sri Lanka the volunteer program has come to a complete standstill and this is having a huge impact on the Society’s operations including operating the EleBus for the safety of children and elephants. The SLWCS is unable to keep operating the EleBus until the end of school term. By the end of this month the EleBus will stop its services.
The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society is asking for your support to keep the bus operating for at least two school terms until the volunteer program revives again. It is unfortunate that children become victims of violence no matter where it happens. Your generous and kind donation will go a long way to help these kids go to school safely and carry on their education while helping to maintain an environment of coexistence where our elephants can live without being shot, injured and killed. For more information about the EleFriendly Bus please click on the links below.
- Ruby Lekhi
- David White
- Andrew Kemp
- Louiqa Raschid
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