Children learn compassion for animals

Leilani Farm Sanctuary is home to chickens, cats, goats, rabbits, donkeys, peahens, pigs, deer, and ducks. The sanctuary is an all volunteer, non-profit organization created to provide shelter and care for rescued animals and humane education to the community.

The sanctuary hosts at-risk youth programs, school field trips, special needs children, elder activities, and farm tours for the general public, including visitors from the Mainland. It provides the community with hands-on experience that is thought-provoking and stimulates social and emotional growth to all who visit.

Leilani is located on a lush 8-acre farm in Haiku, Maui – part of the Hawaiian Islands. Its location receives a large amount of rainfall which can sometimes hinder providing tours to visitors. Too often, Haiku’s powerful downpours resulted in cancelled tours, leaving vacationers and school trips unable to reschedule their visits, because the property didn’t have a place for visitors to seek shelter.

Sabina Fund helps build shelter for sanctuary visitors

So FARM’s Sabina Fund helped change all that! Above is a photo of Leilani’s brand new pavilion which is to be completed soon. It will be painted red with white trim to match the barns and have a cupola with a rooster weather vane mounted on top. Now visitors (and animals) will stay dry during Haiku’s unpredictable weather so that they can learn and interact with one another. No more cancelled tours or rescheduled trips – visitors can now enjoy the sanctuary and hang with their new animal friends come rain or shine!

The pavilion will also allow Leilani to host larger groups of visitors for educational events and vegan picnics, increasing the number of visitors to the sanctuary. Last Saturday, for the first time, a group of volunteers enjoyed their picnic lunches in the shade of the pavilion.

If you wish to help FARM make other much-needed projects like this one possible, please learn more at SabinaFund.org.

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