Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Elevita Welcomes A New Volunteer

Malia Littlefield is a photographer and graphic designer originally from Hawaii.  Now she resides in Singapore with her family, where she continues to develop her impressive photography and design portfolio.  When Malia approached Elevita with a willingness to volunteer, we were thrilled!  We already had a tremendous need for someone with her talents and experience, so discovering Malia was truly a godsend.  Malia will help Elevita by designing artisan cards that will accompany the products we sell.  She will also help us pursue consistent brand imaging across our social media outlets.  A big "Thank You" to Malia for joining the Elevita team!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Building a Hostel for Rural Girls in Keru, India

Because Elevita's management is entirely volunteer, we are able to donate the net profits from our sales to support humanitarian projects in the developing countries from which we source products.  Our current project is to build a hostel in the village of Keru, India.  Because of long distances to school, and because of safety issues along the roads, girls who live in this rural area of Rajasthan India, have no opportunity to attend Secondary School unless they have a hostel in which they can stay while attending their courses.

Elevita has undertaken this project in conjunction with an existing local group, His Highness Maharaja Hanwant Singhi Charitable Trust.  Together we are working to raise funds to complete the hostel as soon as possible.  The cost for the ground level of the hostel is approximately $31,500.  This is a project being undertaken in bits and pieces, as funds are available.  As of the date of this posting, we have raised nearly half the money for the ground level of the project.  We are working diligently to raise the rest, because as soon as this phase is complete, girls will be able to start attending and working on their secondary education courses.

Below are the blueprints for the hostel.  If you feel you are able to donate to this project, please click on the "Donate Now" button to the right.  Giving these girls an education will help them improve their lives, and subsequently the lives of their families and villages.  It is an investment that will pay dividends for generations.