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Sending Love to the orphanage of elephants
2014.4.5 Voice of Kenya

These 17 years ,the notion Chou Ta Kuan foundation has been spreading across the world is “be nice to yourself—love your life; be nice to others—respect their lives; be nice to nature—protect the life of earth.” In order to appreciate such good things Ms.Daphne Sheldrick has done for wild-animals in these 60 years ,the chairman ,Ms. Guo Ying-Lan, founder ,Mr. Chou Chin-Hua, volunteers ,and the doctors of the foundation fly to Kenya to honor Ms.Daphne Sheldrick personally.

During ceremony ,the volunteers play Taiwanese songs to the orphanage elephants ,and the doctors also give medical supply for them .Especially, the founder ,Mr. Chou Chin-Hua, promotes over 290,000 volunteers to adopt the elephants.

We also encourage more and more people can participate in “Global love of lives movement” to make our planet better.(If you need more information about our foundation ,the action we did and the award ,please call +886-2-29178770 (Taiwan) or click our website http://www.ta.org.tw/)

 

Chou Ta Kuan foundation and Global Love of Lives Award
Chou Ta-kuan, a well-known poet lived with only one leg at the last phase of his life.  He, nevertheless, was constantly optimistic and told whomever he met with: “I still have a leg left to stand on earth and walk all over the beautiful world”.  After a valiant fight against cancer for over one year, he passed away on May 18, 1997, at 4:50 a.m.  In memory of the 10-year-old heroic poet, his parents Mr. Chin-hua Chou and Ms. Ying-lan Kuo have determined to spread the seeds of such heroic gallantry and courage throughout the world.  By assembling the strengths of all people, both in Taiwan and throughout the world, they have established “Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal —We’re Born to Serve” .They not only focuses on the children with cancer but the notion to the world.

These 17 years, The foundation had awarded 274 recipients from 46 countries, such as Lee Chang-hun, the blind anchorman in Korea, the Canadian founder of the charity Free the Children—Craig Kielburger, psychotherapist Salvager—Dr. Daniel Gottlieb from US, animal savior—Chris Peters from Holland, anti-drug Hero—Juan Manuel Galan from Columbia, etc.Every awarded recipient is a beam of light in the world; even a tiny dream can spread wide. Many people have called on this event as “the Nobel Prize of Life.”

Daphne Sheldrick DBE MBE MBS DVMS
Dame Daphne Sheldrick, DBE (born 4 June 1934, Kenya) is a Kenyan author, conservationist and expert in animal husbandry, particularly the raising and reintegrating of orphaned elephants into the wild for over 30 years.

Life and career
Born as Daphne Marjorie Jenkins, she was educated at Nakuru Primary School and the Kenya High School where she matriculated in 1950 with Honours and the possibility of a bursary to attend university; however she opted for marriage.

From 1955 until 1976 Sheldrick was a co-warden of Kenya's Tsavo National Park with her late husband, David Sheldrick (MBE). During that time she raised and rehabilitated back into the wild community orphans of misfortune from many different wild species, including elephants, black rhinos, buffalo, zebras, elands, kudus, impalas, duikers, reedbuck, dikdiks, warthogs, civets, mongooses and birds.

She is a recognized authority on the rearing of wild creatures and is the first person to have perfected the milk formula and necessary husbandry for both infant milk-dependent elephants and rhinos.

Honours
For her work in this field Daphne Sheldrick was decorated by the Queen in 1989 with an MBE, elevated to UNEP's Global 500 Roll of Honour in 1992, among the first 500 people worldwide to have been accorded this particular honour, and awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery by Glasgow University in June 2000.In December 2001 her work was honoured by the Kenya Government through a prestigious decoration - a Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS), and in 2002 by the BBC when she received their Lifetime Achievement Award. In the November 2005 issue of the Smithsonian Magazine Daphne Sheldrick was named as one of 35 people worldwide who have made a difference in terms of animal husbandry and wildlife conservation.

In the 2006 New Year’s Honours List, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Dr. Sheldrick a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, the first knighthood to be awarded in Kenya since the country received Independence in 1963.

Wildlife Trust
After her husband's death in 1977, Sheldrick created the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi.

From:Voice of Kenya