Manning is a student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, Ga., where Grant teaches. The staff of The Stallion, the student newspaper, recently elected Manning as the editor. She has served as lifestyles editor for the past 18 months.
Grant has asked Manning to make the trip to help with the documentary he’s making about CLIC Abroad and the mahout village in southern India that they will visit in March 2014. The village is home to 21 domestic elephants.
Because Manning works three jobs to put herself through school, she’s knitting headbands and selling Christmas portraits to try to raise money for the trip, which will cost around $2,000 in all. The bulk of that is air fare. Grant’s campaign on Fundly aims to raise the approximately $1200 that Manning needs to pay for her flight.
So far, donors from around the nation have pitched in $430. Grant said he thanks everyone who has donated for their wonderful generosity. He says those donations will help Manning have a transformative experience in India.
If you’re interested in helping, you can go to the Fundly site and support the cause.