After visiting Nepal for the first time in 2015 as a volunteer, I fell in love with the people, culture and of course, the elephants.
When I returned to Canada, I felt an increasing urge to the place that had stolen my heart and wanted to do all I could to help the captive elephant population.
The decision was made that Nepal would be my home moving forward and so I packed everything up and took a leap of faith to make my home at the base of the Himalayas.
When people speak of Nepal, they mention the grandeur of Mount Everest, the beauty of Lake Phewa or the magnificence of the Chitwan jungle. Travelers that truly know Nepal understand that it is her people that make Nepal so spectacular. People with open hearts and minds that are willing to look and listen to ideas from a different perspective.
I first met Salim and Sudha in 2016 and discussions ensued about building a sanctuary where we could retire the working elephants of Nepal. Things started to develop and connections were made and slowly but surely this started to look like a reality.
I fell very ill while in Nepal in 2018 and as a result had to return back to Canada. This only steeled my resolve to return one day and complete what we had all started.
The project continued to progress under the passionate guidance of my Nepali colleagues and some very exciting milestones have been met.
Our vision is simple and clear and we have built a team that we believe can deliver this vital project over the coming years.