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Episode Info: Since October 2017, we have been following Elevate Nepal’s progress as they try to rebuild in Nepal. In this update with co-founder, Dan Maurer, we hear about his recent 3-month trip to Nepal, plans for the 2nd annual Big Lebowski-themed bowling fundraiser, and an update on their earned revenue strategy, importing coffee beans from Nepal and selling them in the United States. For past episodes about Elevate Nepal, check out Episode 5, Episode 10, and Episode 23. Mentioned in this Episode: Elevate NepalSapana CoffeeBig Lebowski Fundraiser on March 2, 2019For a full transcript of this episode, read on below: [music] 00:06 Speaker 1: This is Do Good, Be Good, the show about helpful people and the challenges they face in trying to do good. Your host is Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom, a career do-gooder, who also loves craft beer and a good hard tackle in rugby. Sharon speaks to everyday people about why they do good, and what it means to be good? [music] 00:27 Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom: Welcome back, this is your host, Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom, with another bonus episode for Do Good, Be Good. Today, I have one of my favorite guests, Dan Maurer, the co-founder of Elevate Nepal. I interviewed Dan way back in October 2017 on Episode 5. I also did an update with him in Episode 10 and Episode 23. And now Dan is back from another three-month visit to Nepal, to continue the work that they’ve been doing there. He and his co-founder Anthony Mancini, founded this non-profit to help rebuild Nepal after the earthquake. To get the backstory on how they founded the non-profit and why they did it, and why Nepal, I really recommend listening to Episode 5, if you haven’t already. And then in Episode 10, they also talk about this fundraiser, which is a Big Lebowski-themed bowling night. 01:27 ST: And in today’s episode, we’re gonna hear about the second annual bowling fundraiser. So hopefully you can catch up with your old friend Dan Maurer, [chuckle] and listen in to how this has developed over three years as they continue to try new models of non-profit fundraising, and figure out how to have a greater impact in Nepal while also maintaining a sustainable non-profit. I hope we get to continue to follow Dan’s journey as he and Anthony build this amazing non-profit, and do good work in Nepal. 02:06 Dan Maurer: I’m Dan Maurer, co-director of Elevate Nepal, and I’m fresh back from Nepal. We do Aid Work over in Nepal, as most people know. I got back about 10 days ago, after 91 days in country. I overstayed my Visa by one day, but with a smile at immigration and a couple of Nepali words, I went on through without penalty. It was a good trip. We’d been promoting Sarsyu Primary School, which we’ve been fundraising for about 18 months. And we started construction in the beginning of November of 2018, and construction is ongoing, but we’re making great progress. Things are under way, and it should be wrapped up by June of this year. So we...
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