Before the EleFriendly Bus arrived, children risked their lives every day walking to and from school in the Wasgamuwa National Park, as the road runs through a natural elephant corridor. Tragically, human-elephant conflicts result in the deaths of more than 80 people and 200 elephants each year in Sri Lanka.
Since launching our EleFriendly Bus in 2016, daily school attendance is way up. Local farmers are able to spend more time earning income tending their gardens, free from the daily burden of patrolling the corridor to keep their children safe. Sri Lanka’s children are learning to love rather than fear elephants, and wild elephants are free to safely roam their ancient elephant corridor!