Help Family Survive Elephant Attack
Organized by: Emily Prey
Thank you to all who have donated thus far!
March 21, 2016
In October, Pon was attacked and almost killed by a bull elephant at work. Pon is a Thai Karen man who worked as a mahout at an elephant camp in northern Thailand. At 32 he is the sole bread winner for his family. In addition to his family, he also supports his parents and his wife's parents.
Pon was taking his elephant Lim Moi to drink water from the river while a young bull elephant Chok was performing for a group of tourists nearby. As a young bull elephant, Chok can be very dangerous. He charged at and attacked Lim Moi, causing Pon to fall to the ground where Chok gored and trampled him. While Pon is very lucky to have survived the attack (one tusk punctured his chest inches from his heart), it is now a huge burden for his family to take care of him. Pon has one son and we do not want his education to be interrupted as he is at the top of his class and there is much potential for his future.
It has been five months since the accident and Pon's family is struggling to support themselves. Because he was just injured and not killed, he and his family do not receive any compensation from the elephant owner or social services; they have been surviving for five months solely on the rice that they farm with no income to buy vegetables or meat. Even this meager subsistence is running out and Pon and his family need help. With 2000 USD, Pon will be able to invest in livestock and turn a profit to get back on his feet support his family.
Please help Pon to help his family. In Thailand, even the smallest donation can go a long way.