Supporting Cambodia's Premier Elephant Sanctuary
 

THE ELEPHANT VALLEY PROJECT

Elees in Heaven Valley

25% of annual profits are donated to Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment (E.L.I.E.),a Cambodian not-for-profit, which operates the ELEPHANT VALLEY PROJECT - a 1,500 hectare sanctuary for the highly endangered Asian Elephants.  They also provide veterinary care to the remaining working elephants in the region and sponsor a team of forest rangers to protect the neighbouring jungle, where there is a population of about 120 wild elephants, from illegal logging and poaching.  Employment, healthcare coverage, school support, housing support and other community programs help the local indigenous Bunong villagers to have sustainable livelihoods, strengthening their ability to value and protect their forest and its unique inhabitants.

 

This video is a little old, having been made in 2013, but it still gives an in depth view of the Sanctuary, through interviews with Jack Highwood, Founder and Jemma Bullock who is now the E.L.I.E. Programs Manager. 

The Sanctuary has more than doubled in size since then, with many more Bunong employees and many more community members receiving health care support.

Jack has now moved back to Thailand and started another Sanctuary in Chiang Rai,  Elephant Valley Thailand.

How & Why We Do What We Do

As a member of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand we support Fair Trade.  The beautiful bags, baskets and handicrafts we sell provide a living wage to artisans in developing nations.

The majority of our products are sourced from Fair Trade organisations, social enterprises which follow Fair Trade Principles, or directly from the artisans themselves.

We sell these beautiful products, primarily at markets on the mid north coast of NSW Australia, to promote Fair Trade and support conservation.

What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade.  It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of marginalised producers and workers.  Fair Trade puts people and the planet before financial profit.

The Fair Trade Charter

The FAIR TRADE CHARTER offers a concise explanation of the objectives of Fair Trade.  Global Trade and the trading methods of global corporations have contributed to unprecedented levels of poverty with the richest 1% owning as much wealth as the rest of the world.   Fair Trade is not charity, but a partnership for change and development through trade, which  connects producers and consumers through transparency in supply chains, with the needs of small producers, workers and consumers at heart.

Where Our Products Come From

We source our handmade products from around the world.  Some are purchased from Fair Trade wholesalers right here in Australia and some we import ourselves from Fair Trade organisations, Social Enterprises which follow Fair Trade Principles, or directly from the artisans.  The majority of our gorgeous products are made by marginalised women in developing nations, so bringing their creations to the Australian marketplace helps them gain financial independence.  We also shop in local markets during our travels, maintaining our commitment to ethical trade by always paying a more than fair price.

 
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