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Gee!You got to admire them for this!

Postby jimshu » Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:41 pm

http://travelblog.gapadventures.com/201 ... -in-kenya/

I've been following the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya for some time now and the work they do caring for elephants, particularly orphans, and came across this news blog this morning and it really made me jump!
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You guys are just the greatest!Thanks.

More info-http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/
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Postby TravelFun » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:20 pm

Well done GAP...a great story and great work!
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Postby DanielBMe » Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:12 am

Way to go GAP!

I actually adopted a baby female myself. I really wanted to visit the orphanage when I was in Kenya but just didn't get the chance. Maybe next time since I have a reason to visit again.

https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/ ... .asp?N=181
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Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:12 pm

I was really glad I booked the extra day in Nairobi and we got over to the Sheldrick Orphanage as well as the Giraffe Center. Way to go GAPpers!
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Re: Gee!You got to admire them for this!

Postby jimshu » Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:10 am

I was going to folllow Daniel's act and adopt an elephant, but have second thoughts in the meantime.Situation in Haiti needs our money more just now.
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Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:28 am

Thanks for the link Daniel. You have a good point jimshu but I've noticed disasters like Haiti have a tendency to make people overlook other worthwhile causes and from what I've seen in the news, donations to Haiti are flowing like mad -- faster than the relief organizations can mobilize to help. So after sleeping on it, I decided to foster a couple animals at the Sheldrick Orphanage and will watch the Haiti situation. If relief organizations are outstripping their funding in a month or two, I'll donate to Haiti relief otherwise I'll sponsor another elephant as a birthday present to my nephew. I already make pretty decent unrestricted donations to Salvation Army and other causes so they have the ability to respond based on what I've already given.
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Postby jimshu » Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:46 pm

Good point EWB.And I'm reminded of post Boxing Day Tsunami situation , where huge amounts of cash and aid was donated.But even today many villagers haven't been able to be housed or even return.So it's the longer term aid that needs to be remembered.
So that will be 5 elephants fostered because GAP took an initiative?
We'll have to all meet up over there sometime ??
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Postby DanielBMe » Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:43 pm

I donated to both. Keep in mind that you don't need to donate a large amount. With so many people, even small amounts add up quickly. But I also agree with EWB. Next week, we'll all be going about our daily lives as usual, but for those in Haiti, they will have to live with the devastation for years to come.

I was planning on adopting an orphaned ellie for awhile but just never got around to it. Then this week I donated to the red cross for Haiti and then saw the post on the GAP adoption which reminded me on what I had wanted to do for awhile. Feeling in the spirit I decided to adopt an ellie as well.

I would love to go there and volunteer with them. That would be cool.
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Re: Gee!You got to admire them for this!

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:54 pm

I don't know ... I'm going to keep watching the Haiti situation and may yet donate more money over the long run. 50,000 to 150,000 dead ... that's just incomprehensible at some point. Thank God for the US Navy and US Marines who are able to get in there and get relief operations going (as well as all the international urban rescue teams in there already). Immediately, they need the kind of medical help going in with the USNS Comfort and the just-get-it-done operational mentality the US military breeds.

I don't want to dissuade others from donating if they feel like it because we don't want aid to get cut off, I'm just trying to be cautious and make sure my money goes where it's needed when it's needed. The Sheldrick Orphanage and Giraffe Center in Nairobi are also doing fantastic work and need funding as is the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT - http://www.lionalert.org/ in Livingston, the schools and missions in Malawi, etc.

I'm just happy to see so many people digging in and being so giving without needing some government program to mandate the levels of help or associated tax confiscations to fund it. Yay to all of you.
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