Project Asian Elephants 101, a week-long program, will be delivered in three phases. First we will screen the epic film, Gods in Shackles, that exposes the plight of Asian elephants, followed by Q&A. Next, the in-class sessions will cultivate theoretical and conceptual skills. The last two days offer Nature Immersion, when the 101 youth will connect with elephants, nature and one another. It will create mind shifts, and galvanize them to lead their communities, equipped with empowerment tools.

Education will foster compassion and reverence, inspiring the youth to protect and conserve Asian elephants. Experiential learning will enhance cognitive skills, expand imagination, unlock creativity, and instill leadership skills, guiding a new generation of informed policy/ decision makers to make mindful choices. Baba Dioum, Senegalese forestry engineer, said, "In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught."


For the first time, Kerala’s Student Police Cadet (SPC) participated in such an elaborate nature retreat program. It took place in April 2019. And all those who graduated received an “Elephant Ambassador” certificate from Kerala’s Director General of Police. The program was so well received that the Inspector General of Police was hoping to have this program launched in three more districts. However, COVID prevented us from carrying forward this program in 2020 and 2021. Thanks to our amazingly generous donors who made this possible!


VFAES is a 501(c)(3) organization with a vision to protect endangered Asian elephants and their habitats in India, while also ensuring that tribal people and those living near the forest fringes have their basic needs met, so they will be inspired to coexist peacefully with these magnificent animals.

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Address: 3415 South Sepulveda Blvd.,

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VFAES Charitable Tax ID: 47-3943896

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