WATER FOR ELEPHANT REFUGEES

WATER FOR ELEPHANT REFUGEES

From Louise Hogarth

I’m raising money for Refugee Elephants dying from thirst. Donations go to keep water flowing to Elephant Sands; they provide water to 3000 elephants. Elephants are crying out for your help the situation is critical.

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My name is Louise Hogarth and I am the Founder and President of Dream Out Loud Productions, a US-based non-profit, independent television and film production company dedicated to the creation of media projects that enlighten people, inspire action and foster positive change. Here is the story of how our documentary ELEPHANT REFUGEES has inspired this campaign: WATER FOR ELEPHANT REFUGEES.

When Botswana banned elephant poaching in 2014, something incredible happened: the news of the safe-haven spread among herds, prompting a mass elephant migration into Botswana from neighboring countries. Now, with nearly 60% of the world’s elephants residing in Botswana, the ecosystem is buckling under the pressure of supporting them. Climate change and unprecedented drought have created a water crisis for the masses of elephant refugees.

After a long and tiring journey in search of safety, many elephants end up at the Moller family’s bush lodge, Elephant Sands, in desperate need of water. From the frontlines of the climate crisis, the Moller family struggles to provide water to as many as 500 elephants a day. When the elephants don’t get what they need, they often break into the lodge bathrooms, turning on the faucets with their trunks and drinking out of the sinks and toilets. There are no tourists due to Covid19 with no income from the lodge the Moller’s can only provide water to 3 of their 6 water points the situation is desperate. Without your help…. soon all 6 water points will be dry.

WATER FOR ELEPHANT REFUGEES is on a mission to raise money to save the lives of thousands of elephants. As funds arrive we will immediately start supplying water to existing boreholes. , we are planning to establish eleven new water points over a large radius. Elephants are dying from dehydration and lack of vegetation, the long walk from water to food can be up to 40 miles a day, which is very tough for baby elephants. If we don’t act soon, we will lose thousands of elephants.

It cost US$5655.00 to equip a borehole, and the monthly running costs of a borehole including, fuel (20 liters a day per pump), servicing, and parts are US$850.00 a month. (see graph below)

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