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- bio: wildwoman. empath. nomad. truthseeker. sunsetchaser. stargazer. plantlover. moonchild. currently: kenya.
↘ Help Bring Clean, Safe Water to Mt. Suswa ↙
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SO HAPPPPY to be back home in Mount Suswa with my girls, Mariam and Sanaipe! We spent the evening chasing each other until we fell over in laughter and jumping around in circles singing songs. Afterwards we sat with the sheep for a while and made silly faces to one another before retiring to the manyatta to cook dinner and rest. My belly and heart are both SO full. I mean, how can your heart not burst at the seams when you see these gorgeous smiles? 😍
Tomorrow is water collecting day for the village... 😓 I would love to see these girls NEVER have to walk 10+ kilometers to collect water again! We are almost halfway to our first goal of raising $1,200 for a permanent water system, which will bring CLEAN, SAFE water to these amazing girls and their families.
If this cause resonates with you, please follow this link to donate (also in my bio): 🔸 https://www.YouCaring.com/MountSuswaMaasai 🔸 ...and don't forget to SHARE SHARE SHARE! 🙏
Look. At. That. Perfect. Face! This precious little one is ALWAYS smiling, ALWAYS laughing, ALWAYS dancing, ALWAYS playing with my hair or as you can see here, trying on my glasses. 😍 Her smile is so contagious and I can't wait to see her and her siblings in just a few short hours when I return to the Mount Suswa Maasai village!
Thankfully, I get to tell everyone in the village that we have raised $510 in just a few short days for their first water system to be built (remember, this community of 3,000+ people have no access to clean water at this time)! This is still quite short of our goal, but it is an INCREDIBLE start and I am SO HUMBLED and HONORED by those who have donated thus far. You know who you are. ❤ Thank you for helping my dream of bringing these kids clean, safe water come true!
The fundraising is certainly nowhere near over, so please if it feels right for you to help, follow the link in my bio to donate + share, share, share! I fund all of my travels on my own and have no support from any organization, so I'm relying on my small social media network to make this dream come alive. Because of this, sharing this campaign is so, so crucial to its success. As for donations, please remember NO amount is ever too small and every single penny counts!
I don't have Twitter but I know quite a few of you have a great following there. Please consider posting the link to the campaign on there as well, you never know who is watching and could be willing to support! 🔸 www.YouCaring.com/MountSuswaMaasai 🔸
Lots of love and hugs to you all. 💜
Gorgeous photo by the one and only @marioschmitt74.
Friends and family, please watch this short clip from our video (produced by @enkaideeps) to hear from Daniel himself the struggles his community faces daily because they have no access to clean, safe water. Daniel's beautiful family, especially the children, have made a huge impact on me during my short time in Kenya and all I can think about day after day is raising the funds to bring clean drinking water to their village. Billions of people across the world lack access to clean water, and while we can't save them all, we can make a HUGE impact on the Mount Suswa Maasai with your help!
Follow the link in my bio to read more about our project (including a breakdown of costs for supplies needed to build this water system) and to donate - remember, no amount is too small, every dollar counts!
🔸 www.YouCaring.com/MountSuswaMaasai 🔸
And please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE. 💜 We have less than three weeks to meet our first $1,200 goal! Equally as important as donations is sharing this cause far and wide! To those taking the time to read and watch, THANK YOU.
Below is a short excerpt from our crowdfunding page for bringing clean, safe water to the Mt. Suswa Maasai. Since going live yesterday we have received 4 generous donations totaling $110. A BIG thanks from the bottom of my heart to those who are helping to see our dream come alive! We are about $1,100 short of our initial goal, which we need to meet by Christmas. That gives us exactly 3 weeks to raise the funds & surprise this incredible village with CLEAN, SAFE, DRINKABLE water - a resource we all deserve to have access to! "One of the greatest gifts we as humans possess is our imagination. Imagine for a few moments: what would your life be like without access to clean water? Not only to bathe & wash your dishes, but even to drink? Imagine living inside of the outer crater of a dormant volcano, where the sun beats down on you, your land & your livestock, day after day, showing no mercy or recognition that water is not readily available for you & your family. Imagine not being able to bathe yourself or your kids when you want, drink a glass of water when you or your kids need it, or supply your only source of food (livestock) with the water they need to grow & lead healthy lives.
I've just given you a very basic overview of what life is like for the Maasai tribe in Mt. Suswa, an absolutely stunning but very harsh landscape, where there is currently no access to water sources of any kind. There are about 3,000 people living across the very hot & dry plains of Mt. Suswa. While the baboons, leopards, hyenas & other wildlife manage pretty well, the villagers must walk 5-8 km every day or two to the nearest water collection site. Sometimes, they are able to drive "into town,' which takes about an hour each way (or four hours walking each way), not to mention costs for fuel and the water itself. On average, they can collect around 5 gallons of water for the whole village to use for as long as possible, sometimes making it last for a few days. They use these minimal amounts of water to drink, to cook, to do laundry when they can & to sometimes clean their faces in the morning. They don't have the luxury to use it for anything else." Youcaring.com/MountSuswaMaasai
Only in Lamu...
"God blessed me with the most beautiful heart. It's been broken so many times and all it wants to do is heal the world." - @vibrationalmedicine 💜
Lamu tamu, you've managed to dig yourself into a small crevice of my heart after all. 😊 My last few days have been filled with kids of all ages, tons of play and laughter and swimming, sunrises and sunsets over the Indian Ocean, fresh caught snapper and tuna for lunch and dinner, lots of mango juice, coconuts and LOVE. To top it off, this evening's sunset was absolute perfection... You can't tell with this photo, but the sun was huge! Funny how I couldn't wait to leave this island just a few days ago. 😂 So grateful this small part of my story will conclude with such a perfect ending. 💘 Thank you @muntadhirali for the photo.
You all would cry if you saw how donkeys on this island are treated everyday. They are beaten with sticks to direct their every move, while carrying hundreds of kilos of cargo all over the island. They carry this weight with open cuts and wounds covering their backs. They are forced to "take baths" in the ocean even though they're terrified of the water - they're literally drug into the water kicking and bucking, while their heads are forced underwater again and again to be "cleaned". They probably feel they are drowning and I can't imagine how terrifying that must be for them.
Interestingly, most locals claim they lead a better life here because they're fed and have an owner. They don't seem to realize that animals were never put on this planet to have owners and be told what to do every second of everyday, just as humans weren't... People stay locked in chains by their religions and governments, then they turn around and do the same to beings deemed less than them. And the cycle goes on and on... Sigh.
Many of the donkeys are quite skeptical of people, but I make it a point to give as much love, food and water as I can to each one I see in passing. This mama and little one kept me company on the beach for hours yesterday, with no owner to be found... The three of us relaxed in the shade and listened to the ocean waves all afternoon and I prayed they somehow find a better life. Simply being in their presence is such a gift to experience. 💙
all the women.
are tired. - @nayyirah.waheed
She has the sweetest laugh. 💚
Chasing sunsets on sailboats. 😍
You'll never find another island like this...
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