Here at Local Joint, we have always prioritized giving back to our community, and focusing on local efforts. However, when we heard the mission and impact of Elevate Nepal, we knew we needed to do our part and support however we could. Elevate Nepal has been the only global nonprofit we have worked with to date, and we have and will continue to support them as often as possible. We wanted to celebrate their organization and all the good it has done, while also educating our new LJ family members on who they are. We interviewed co-founder Anthony Mancini to get the full picture of Elevate Nepal.
1. Can you tell me a little bit about Elevate Nepal?
Elevate Nepal was created to support access to resources allowing for the sustainable development of communities. With the majority of citizens in Nepal living on less than $1.25 per day, Nepal continues to rank as one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. Elevate Nepal focuses on providing opportunity in rural villages through vital infrastructure projects that are the cornerstones of development. By investing in the village, working directly with community members, and teaching transferable skills, the community is able to stay healthy and prosper. The founders of Elevate Nepal, Daniel Maurer and I (Anthony Mancini), have been facilitating humanitarian aid in Nepal since the 2015 earthquakes. Elevate Nepal officially became a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization on January 31, 2017 – we are also a registered non-profit in Nepal (with the Ministry of Social Welfare).
2. What drew you to create Elevate Nepal?
It’s undeniable what people can accomplish when they have a platform, or opportunity for advancement. For decades communication and business has advanced to the point where we have access to almost every corner of the globe. At Elevate Nepal we feel that it is our duty as global citizens to continue connecting the dots and help each other advance.
3. What are some of the biggest successes you’ve had as an organization?
Elevate Nepal was created as a passion project by Daniel Maurer and I (Anthony Mancini), now almost five years later our small organization has experienced growth every year allowing our impact to increase year after year. In 2019 we completed our largest infrastructure project to date, Sarsyu Primary School (12 classrooms outfitted with computer and science labs serving 700 students). The pandemic and strictly enforced lockdowns in Nepal has required Elevate Nepal to pivot from a highly anticipated water project to provide immediate aid for marginalized communities. Throughout the pandemic Elevate Nepal leaned on our team in Nepal and partner organizations to host nutrition assistance programs, PPE distributions, and public awareness campaigns reaching millions of people. We look forward to this coming fall with great anticipation as we get ready to break ground on the first of many water projects serving the Chepang tribe communities.
In addition to the success of our projects we have established a unique movie themed fundraiser in Flagstaff, AZ – The Big Lebowski bowling fundraiser for Nepal! This coming February we are celebrating our 5th Annual Fundraiser and Elevate Nepal’s 5th Anniversary! It has been incredible to watch our small fundraiser grow into a phenomenal community event supporting cultural awareness, great musicians, local businesses, and international causes. The pandemic may have kept us apart in 2021, but all it did was make us all more excited to get back together in 2022!! Our best previous fundraiser total was in 2020 when we raised almost $33,000 (2021 – $15,000) for Nepal! This year we hope to get back on track with a goal of $40,000 to support clean water and sanitation projects. Even though we all know how direly important all of that is, the pandemic proved that point even further.
4. What are your future goals for Elevate Nepal?
Elevate Nepal founders continue to work hard day in and day out as we strive to attain sustainability allowing our work to continue long into the future. We are committed to evaluating project impact as we continually strategize to develop more ways to be effective in all aspects of our organization.
5. How can others support Elevate Nepal, how can we all do our part?
While Elevate Nepal always needs support, the country of Nepal needs your help too. If you’ve ever thought about traveling to the enchanting Himalayan Mountains or jungles of Nepal consider a trip to Nepal through one of our booking partners. You can find information on tourism companies we recommend on our website, or feel free to send us a message directly through our website. We love to hear from anyone who wants to get involved or travel to Nepal. Due to the pandemic our volunteer programs have been postponed for now, but you can help us by fundraising! Without adequate funding these important projects can’t continue. If you are unable to donate yourself, but would like to help raise money for our water projects we have a few tools to share that make fundraising easy! Same thing, send us an email through our website if you would like to learn more.
If you are a coffee lover, we have an even easier way for you to support Nepal. Visit sapanacoffee.com to purchase coffee from Nepal. We have been working with coffee farmers in Nepal since 2011 and are one of the only importers of 100% guaranteed Nepalese Coffee to the U.S. Every time you purchase, brew, or sip Sapana Coffee you know you’ve helped someone in Nepal. Our coffee is always roasted in small batches by @Serafinacoffee in downtown Phoenix.
7. Is there anything else you’d want everyone to know?
The work of Elevate Nepal is only made possible by our incredible supporters. We cannot thank everyone enough, and we always promise to represent your generosity with the utmost respect. A major shout out to the Local Joint for directly impacting the children of Sarsyu Primary School, the families fed during the pandemic, and now the clean water that thousands will have access to.
When you are able, we recommend a trip to Nepal to experience the magnificent wonder of this Himalayan nation through your own eyes. Just make sure you contact us first!