MISSION & HISTORY.
The foundation stones of Stand Up 4 Elephants were laid in 2014 after separate visits by two of the founders to the Chitwan region, where they were shocked by the sub-standard conditions and unacceptable treatment the local elephants were forced to endure in the tourism industry. From that first visit, the founders began engaging with elephant owners in the region, offering free care and treatments to the elephants and support for mahouts (elephant caretakers).
SU4E was established officially in 2018. The organization engages directly with the local community, aiming to demonstrate alternative & sustainable ways of looking after elephants. The objective is to bring about a change in perspective with respect to ownership and use of elephants, including the abolition of particularly cruel practices.
SU4E team - Founders.
Michael Bailey is settled in Chitwan, where he assists Floriane on a daily basis running the HOME while also managing the communication actions of the NGO (social media, website, tourist education, visits) and the dealings with the local administration, third parties, etc.
Co-founder Executive Director
Floriane Blot is a specialized elephant
zookeeper / trainer and veterinary technician who has relocated since 2014 to Chitwan, Nepal so as to be able to dedicate herself to the elephants’ welfare on a full time basis. media, website, tourist education, visits) and the dealings with the local administration, third parties, etc.
Annik Lambert, a lawyer, travels between Belgium and Nepal, and takes care of the legal / official work as well as of public relationships.
On site staff.
Vicky Shah Thakuri : Manager SU4E Home
Sweta Shrestha : Manager awareness and education program
5 mahouts :
External support .
Accounting & auditing (Belgium) Current - Qualified accountant
Lawyer (Belgium) Current - Qualified Lawyer (Founder)
Lawyer (Nepal) - Qualified lawyer
Growth Strategy Consultant Current - Qualified consultant
Team of 4 veterinarians and one elephant behaviorist (Nepal, India, France, US)