Keep The Lights On For Elephants
Team Member: Nancy Nortell
John Shepler wrote -
What happens when you have a power failure in a hospital? The lights go off, the fans stop, water doesn’t flow, and all the computers, phones & other equipment cease to function.
That’s exactly the problem the world’s first hospital just for elephants is having, especially during the rainy season in northern Thailand. When big storms come rolling through, the lights flicker and then go out for hours or even days.
Like any hospital, Friends of the Asian Elephant hospital has critical needs to meet for the care of its 5 permanent residents and 12 current in-patients. There’s also no telling when another elephant with a difficult labor, debilitating illness or severe injuries will show up for help. Often that means medication, veterinarian care or even major surgery in the middle of the night. You can’t really expect to do this with a flashlight… although that’s exactly what the staff had to do during a recent emergency.
We’re going to keep the lights, fans, and other equipment on with backup power from the sun. A stand-alone package of solar panels, charge regulator, storage batteries and power inverter is reasonably priced, supplied locally, and can be quickly installed at each of the 20 or so units to power the infirmaries, offices, staff & visitor accommodations. The systems are silent, don’t emit noxious fumes and will keep running during extended outages. Even if major storm damage knocks out one or two systems, the others will keep running.
The total cost of this project may be as high as $18k to $20K, but we’ll fund the systems one by one so the hospital can get immediate help and continuing improvements as time goes on. Your gift of $10 to $100, or more if you can afford it, will make a big impact right away. We’ll keep you up to date on how the project is proceeding and the difference it is making in the lives of the elephants and the people who are taking care of them. Will you please be one who keeps the lights on for elephants?
Please note that Friends of the Asian Elephant is a registered charity in Thailand, but not the United States. As such, consider your contribution to be a gift to FAE, and not a deductible charitable donation.