June 2012

Sparkling Elephant Project

Comparable to the monumental statue of the amarula elephant at the airport of Johannesburg, South Africa, the Momella Foundation in cooperation with Communities for Conservation Society Cologne (CCSC) will build up a life size elephant made of iron nearby the village of Sinya. We want to establish a transcontinental cooperation between pupils from Germany and 750 children from Sinya. For one year the children will breath life into the statue by threading pearls on wire for shaping the body of an elephant out of the ironmade skeleton. Doing this all by themselves and over a period of one year, the children will get a deep personal affection according to their own created piece of art and wildlife conservation issues. This will be supported and underlined by an information board written in Swahili-English. It is very important to involve the young generation amongst local people into conservation efforts concerning the amboseli-ecosystem as they will be the ones who if well informed and sensitized will care for a coexistence of human and animal for future decades.

The project starts in June 2012. For one year until June 2013 the statue will come to live step by step and will be accompanied by various events which will highlight and document the process.