At The Care Project Foundation, we see ourselves as part of a community. We believe that communal effort is the key to building a sustainable future for elephants in Thailand.
A service to the community has always been the building blocks of The Care Project. We believe in empowering the locals so that they would be equipped with enough skills to help themselves. The Care Project has always had a working relationship with several other organisations. We have always enjoyed hosting, educating and sharing a part of our lives with the volunteers who come to visit. Beautiful relationships have blossomed and this can be seen instantly into something more when provided volunteers (manpower) to help us complete our first ever Elephant Clinic and Hospice in Chiang Mai.
The Care Project, we see our Mahouts as more than just elephant owners and trainers. We see them as caretakers, supervisors and essentially facilitators for the elephants to move towards a life of permanent freedom. A majority of the mahouts we meet were previously employed by riding, illegal logging and entertainment camps. This is why a large part of our Clinic and Hospice program is heavily focused on training and education to local mahouts who live with and work with domestic elephants.
It is extremely important to us that they know how and what to look out for and to be able to make informed decisions. While we cannot control how the elephants outside of Elephant Jungle Sanctuary work, we can at the very least play a part in how these elephants receive medical help and treatment.
Our veterinary team, led by our head vet, goes around providing vital information and education to local mahouts. This is in large, part of our re-education program. The final goal would be to be able to find a balanced point of agreement between the ‘old-school’ method and science/psychology that is beneficial for the elephants.