By Bangkok News Group, Thailand (Originally in Thai)
Located in Northern Thailand, Elephant Nature Park is a safe haven for more than 30 rescued elephants as well as over 400 dogs, approximately 100 cats, 60 buffaloes and other animals. The park was lovingly established by Ms. Sangduen Chailert, nicknamed “Lek” (“Small”), in the 1990s. As the park has reached its full capacity, Lek, a vegan, who is also the founder of Save Elephant Foundation, is planning to purchase an additional 200 acres of land across the river from the current property. She said,
“It is the goal of the foundation to purchase this land and release some of our elephants there to roam freely all of the time, as well as to rescue additional elephants in the future. Ten years from now, I would love this to be a place where all of the elephants who live here are able to live without any human interaction.”
To support Lek’s compassionate effort, Supreme Master Ching Hai contributed US$100,000 to Save Elephant Foundation. The fund was presented to Lek on April 27, Golden Year 10 (2013) by our Association members from Bangkok. At this time, they were touched to see the elephants nuzzle up to Lek when she arrived and remain close by her side. In front of the elephants, the volunteers and the visitors of the park, Lek expressed her heartfelt thanks to Master for Her unconditional love and generosity. She also gifted Master with two animal story books in return. One of the books, which was authored by her, was entitled Navann, and is about an elephant named Navann born in the park. Lek wrote these words of gratitude to Master,
“Thank you so much for your extreme generosity. Your kindness is very much appreciated, not only by me, but also the elephants and many other animals you have helped with your donation. Best wishes and big hug from elephants.”
She also sent this following letter of appreciation to Master.
Previously Supreme Master Ching Hai honored Lek with the Shining World Compassion Award and US$10,000 in Golden Year 6 (2009). We wish Ms. Sangduen “Lek” Chailert great success in her rescuing mission and may all animals enjoy peace and happiness on Earth. For detailed coverage on Ms. Sangduen “Lek” Chailert and the 2009 Shining World Compassion Award by Supreme Master TV and News Magazine No.206, please visit: http://video.Godsdirectcontact.net/magazine/AW1456j.php http://www.Godsdirectcontact.org.tw/eng/news/206/ac_66.htm