Dec 11, 2006
A few weeks ago, WSPA asked our supporters to cast their votes for Maximus, a company in Sri Lanka that makes recycled paper out of elephant dung and helps support WSPA member society the Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF). Votes have been tallied, and Maxiumus has been named the winner of the 2006 BBC World Challenge!
Maximus was selected from a field of 12 finalists and will receive a $20,000 grant for their work.
Every year the BBC World Challenge honors groups that make a difference in local communities through innovative methods. Maximus was selected for their project manufacturing paper from recycled materials, most notably from elephant dung provided by the elephants at the nearby Millennium Elephant Foundation.
The company also employs local workers and helps support the MEF financially while promoting elephant welfare worldwide.
The MEF is located in the Kegalle region of Sri Lanka and serves as a sanctuary for former working elephants. They also run elephant welfare programs and sponsor humane education efforts.
WSPA provided regular support and expertise to the MEF when the organization was established and expanded from 1999 to 2001 and again stepped in to provide emergency funding for damages caused by the 2005 tsunami.
Click here to read more about WSPA's work with the MEF.
Click here to read more about the MEF.