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Alexa
Alexa SAYS:
Thank you, thank you, thank …
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
The Chai Lai Orchid family would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity and support for Dollars for DeeDee (& Friends!). It has been almost a year since we started this endeavor. While we have not yet met our goal of 600,000thb per month to rescue all of the elephants from the neighboring camp, we have had some major victories.

We are overwhelmed by both support - and backlash - toward the project.

Setbacks
We also received (among other attempts to undermine our efforts) death threats from owners of some larger companies who are well-connected in the elephant tourism industry and make their money off of chair rides, as they felt our campaign caused them to lose business.

Successes
We received generous donations from people around the world who have not had the chance to meet these beautiful creatures.

We retired three elephants from camps and they now live in a beautiful ‘elephant retirement home’. They no longer have to work at all and they have their own waterfall, dedicated caretakers and food. You can spend time with these elephants on our ChaiLaiSisters.com, led by Thailand’s first Karen women owned and operated trekking company, Chai Lai Sisters!
We have been successful raising awareness about ethical elephant tours among elephant owners and mahouts in the area. Some elephant camp owners now tell us that they now prefer to work with our guests because the interactions benefit the elephants and are considering retiring more elephants.

Between our social business and donations we have been able to raise about half of our target amount, which means we are currently able to rent the elephants for half of the day, during which they have ample time for resting, take plenty of baths in the river to cool off, and only give bareback rides (if any at all).

So thank you for your support. We will not stop trying to help the elephants you can continue to support us by visiting us in Thailand (and telling your friends too) or simply sharing the story on social media.

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2 years ago
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Kayti
Kayti SAYS:
Thank you both so much for t…
Thank you both so much for these generation donations. I can't express how much good they are doing for Fasai and the people in northern Thailand.

I put together a brief blog explaining how the money is being used here: http://kaytichristian.com/2015/10/06/thank-you/

I hope everything is going well - I am sure we will talk soon! We are off to Hanoi today to see Cindy and Gunnar :)

Thank you again - so, so much!

We love you!
xoxo
3 years ago
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Laurel Avey
Gilroy, CA United States
CROWDRISING SINCE: Sep 10, 2015
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