Thank you for the most fulfilling year of my long life. Together we have changed many lives for the better, and we will continue to do even more in 2020.
I think one of the most important projects we completed this year is the freshwater well for the local community. Water is everything and, because of you, we have been able to provide fresh drinking water to many, many people. They have never known the gift of turning on a tap and having precious clean water come out until now.
With two wells available—one at the orphanage and another about 2 miles away—no one has to walk or travel on a donkey cart very far to get drinking water. It makes me so happy when I see men and women and children filling up their containers with clean water in this time of historic drought. I really don’t know what this community would have done this year, as the river is dry because of the drought.
Of course our irrepressible orphans have put smiles on many faces. Some of you have had the opportunity to visit and now know what it feels like to have an elephant kiss you—one of MmaMotse’s favorite things to do. Scott is pretty sure she is not so much earnestly affectionate as on the lookout for some special treat that she hasn’t found while grazing the EH compound. I completely believe she is just that affectionate.
To watch these rescues go from scared, traumatized little lost orphans, to sweet, loving orange-eating baby elephants is overwhelming and even hard to explain. I try and I share photos with you, but there are no words or pictures that can fully show you the elephants’ gratitude. I promise, they seem to know we are saving them.
We are looking forward to a new year, a new decade and new commitment. We have many things in the works for next year that we are so excited about.
It has been a year beyond our wildest expectations and I want you to take full responsibility for it. You are true life-changers. All of us at Elephant Havens are indebted to you!