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elizabeth @elzbthstrttn

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  • website: https://youcaring.com/MountSuswaMaasai
  • bio: wildwoman. empath. nomad. truthseeker. sunsetchaser. stargazer. plantlover. moonchild. currently: kenya. β†˜ Help Bring Clean, Safe Water to Mt. Suswa ↙
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{PLEASE READ TO THE END!} She NEVER stops laughing, singing and dancing! The first thing Nasirian does every time she sees me is run into my arms, giggling and giving me the biggest smile in the world. I absolutely LOVE this girl. πŸ’œ Education for girls is not considered very important in many parts of Africa, and unfortunately this is true for Mount Suswa as well. There are three girls in our little village - Sanaipei, Mariamu and Nasirian - and the only way they'll get a proper education is to send them to boarding school. Boarding school is expensive of course, costing about $300 per term. There are three terms, so tuition reaches almost $1,000 per year, a dollar amount that most Maasai will never see in their lifetime. I have mostly been posting about our water project, but there are 100 other things on my mind each day that I want to help this community with, and improving the local schools and getting proper education for their girls is at the very top of that list. If anyone has any ideas on how we can raise money for boarding school for these three girls, or if you'd personally like to contribute to their school fees, please let me know! ⚠ P.S. Nasirian does not have a proper school uniform at this time. Thankfully she does not get punished at school for this, but it's embarrassing for any child to show up to class without a uniform, proper shoes or a backpack. She almost skipped school the other day because of it. πŸ˜“ If anyone would like to buy Nasirian two uniforms (costing about $20 each), a backpack (about $5), and a new pair of shoes (also about $5), please message me. I've already purchased books, backpacks and shoes for some of the other kids, and some help with this would be much appreciated!

{PLEASE READ TO THE END!} She NEVER stops laughing, singing and dancing! The first thing Nasirian does every time she sees me is run into my arms, giggling and giving me the biggest smile in the world. I absolutely LOVE this girl. πŸ’œ 
Education for girls is not considered very important in many parts of Africa, and unfortunately this is true for Mount Suswa as well. There are three girls in our little village - Sanaipei, Mariamu and Nasirian - and the only way they'll get a proper education is to send them to boarding school. Boarding school is expensive of course, costing about $300 per term. There are three terms, so tuition reaches almost $1,000 per year, a dollar amount that most Maasai will never see in their lifetime. 
I have mostly been posting about our water project, but there are 100 other things on my mind each day that I want to help this community with, and improving the local schools and getting proper education for their girls is at the very top of that list.

If anyone has any ideas on how we can raise money for boarding school for these three girls, or if you'd personally like to contribute to their school fees, please let me know! ⚠ P.S. Nasirian does not have a proper school uniform at this time. Thankfully she does not get punished at school for this, but it's embarrassing for any child to show up to class without a uniform, proper shoes or a backpack. She almost skipped school the other day because of it. πŸ˜“ If anyone would like to buy Nasirian two uniforms (costing about $20 each), a backpack (about $5), and a new pair of shoes (also about $5), please message me. I've already purchased books, backpacks and shoes for some of the other kids, and some help with this would be much appreciated!

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2017-01-15 19:05:03

Friends not food. πŸ’™

Friends not food. πŸ’™

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2017-01-15 18:15:49

And this was my view opposite the full moon setting over the outer crater of Mount Suswa... Sunrise with one of the local roosters to keep me company. 😍

And this was my view opposite the full moon setting over the outer crater of Mount Suswa... Sunrise with one of the local roosters to keep me company. 😍

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2017-01-14 18:36:37

Two nights ago we experienced our first Full Moon of 2017 in the astrological sign of Cancer, my personal sun sign. As a Cancer, I already feel deeply connected to Mama Luna & her cycles; but this one - my goodness, it has been extra potent for me. Every Full Moon creates an energy portal that is perfect for releasing & letting go of that which no longer serves our highest good, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to do so. One thing that is SERIOUSLY lacking in Western culture is the awareness of how incredibly important & healing energy work is, as individuals & a collective. This awareness has changed everything for me, and my prayer is that more & more of my loved ones are willing to open themselves up to this work as well. I choose to take advantage of Full Moon energy through a particular ritual that has been absolutely life changing for me (I do a ritual for every New Moon too, but it serves a different purpose). This ritual includes releasing karmic ties/chords/cycles with other people; low vibrational behaviors, thought patterns & limiting beliefs that keep me stuck in old cycles; fear & anxiety about my life & other people's lives - past, present & future; people & situations that have caused me pain or simply serve no purpose in my life; soul contracts that I'm ready to move on from; feelings of self doubt, unworthiness & unlovability; and the list goes on and on... I usually end up writing at least 5 pages of things I wish to release. As an empath & extremely sensitive human, I absorb everything happening around me at all times, particularly other people's shit, because I feel everything they feel. To keep my mind, body & spirit feeling balanced & whole, it's imperative that I do this work on myself. It's not easy - it brings up a LOT of stuff to work through - but it's so worth it. Thankfully, I woke up just in time to begin my ritual while the sun was rising & moon was setting over the outer crater of beautiful Mount Suswa. The birds were singing their morning songs while the village was still sleeping, and I performed my ritual feeling completely at home & at peace while connecting deeply with Mother Nature. It truly gets no better!

Two nights ago we experienced our first Full Moon of 2017 in the astrological sign of Cancer, my personal sun sign. As a Cancer, I already feel deeply connected to Mama Luna & her cycles; but this one - my goodness, it has been extra potent for me. Every Full Moon creates an energy portal that is perfect for releasing & letting go of that which no longer serves our highest good, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to do so. One thing that is SERIOUSLY lacking in Western culture is the awareness of how incredibly important & healing energy work is, as individuals & a collective. This awareness has changed everything for me, and my prayer is that more & more of my loved ones are willing to open themselves up to this work as well.

I choose to take advantage of Full Moon energy through a particular ritual that has been absolutely life changing for me (I do a ritual for every New Moon too, but it serves a different purpose). This ritual includes releasing karmic ties/chords/cycles with other people; low vibrational behaviors, thought patterns & limiting beliefs that keep me stuck in old cycles; fear & anxiety about my life & other people's lives - past, present & future; people & situations that have caused me pain or simply serve no purpose in my life; soul contracts that I'm ready to move on from; feelings of self doubt, unworthiness & unlovability; and the list goes on and on... I usually end up writing at least 5 pages of things I wish to release. 
As an empath & extremely sensitive human, I absorb everything happening around me at all times, particularly other people's shit, because I feel everything they feel. To keep my mind, body & spirit feeling balanced & whole, it's imperative that I do this work on myself. It's not easy - it brings up a LOT of stuff to work through - but it's so worth it.

Thankfully, I woke up just in time to begin my ritual while the sun was rising & moon was setting over the outer crater of beautiful Mount Suswa. The birds were singing their morning songs while the village was still sleeping, and I performed my ritual feeling completely at home & at peace while connecting deeply with Mother Nature. It truly gets no better!

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2017-01-14 18:20:37

Say hi to Naipei (aka Babygirl) and Senteu, my little brother who steals all the mandazi when I'm not looking. πŸ˜‚ Lovelovelove these two. 😍 We are SO close to having a permanent water source for these two and their brothers, sisters and cousins! If you believe the Mount Suswa Maasai (one of Kenya's largest tribes) deserve access to clean and safe water to drink, cook with, bathe and to give to their livestock (their only source of income), please follow the link at the bottom of this post to donate to our fundraiser. I am raising funds to build as many permanent water systems as we can while I'm here in Kenya. We have begun construction on the very first one, which will provide water for about 20 people and some nearby family members, but there are over 3,000 Maasai in this area and we need so many more! Our next project is the local SCHOOL, which completely lacks any kind of water. This creates a major sanitation issue with lots of kids going to the bathroom all day and not washing their hands, which can spread infection VERY quickly. On top of this, we have over 125 students who have nothing to drink from morning til afternoon. Remember, we are in Africa and it is HOT during the day. Not to mention, the school is constructed with tin and the classrooms basically feel like ovens. πŸ˜“ Please don't think any amount is too small to donate - every dollar counts! Skip the Starbucks today and help these precious angels have clean drinking water instead. 😊 And please, don't forget to SHARE SHARE SHARE the campaign; it truly helps us SO much. To all who have donated thus far: ase oleng! ('Thank you' in KiMaasai.) ❀ πŸ”Έ www.YouCaring.com/MountSuswaMaasai πŸ”Έ (link in bio)

Say hi to Naipei (aka Babygirl) and Senteu, my little brother who steals all the mandazi when I'm not looking. πŸ˜‚ Lovelovelove these two. 😍

We are SO close to having a permanent water source for these two and their brothers, sisters and cousins! If you believe the Mount Suswa Maasai (one of Kenya's largest tribes) deserve access to clean and safe water to drink, cook with, bathe and to give to their livestock (their only source of income), please follow the link at the bottom of this post to donate to our fundraiser. I am raising funds to build as many permanent water systems as we can while I'm here in Kenya. We have begun construction on the very first one, which will provide water for about 20 people and some nearby family members, but there are over 3,000 Maasai in this area and we need so many more! 
Our next project is the local SCHOOL, which completely lacks any kind of water. This creates a major sanitation issue with lots of kids going to the bathroom all day and not washing their hands, which can spread infection VERY quickly. On top of this, we have over 125 students who have nothing to drink from morning til afternoon. Remember, we are in Africa and it is HOT during the day. Not to mention, the school is constructed with tin and the classrooms basically feel like ovens. πŸ˜“

Please don't think any amount is too small to donate - every dollar counts! Skip the Starbucks today and help these precious angels have clean drinking water instead. 😊 And please, don't forget to SHARE SHARE SHARE the campaign; it truly helps us SO much.

To all who have donated thus far: ase oleng! ('Thank you' in KiMaasai.) ❀ πŸ”Έ www.YouCaring.com/MountSuswaMaasai πŸ”Έ (link in bio)

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2017-01-12 18:10:55

Got to share lunch with this guy today. 😊

Got to share lunch with this guy today. 😊

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2017-01-12 17:02:30

You know you've got it made when you wake up, walk a few steps to your "front door," open it and see this. 😍 Whenever I'm living somewhere with no electricity, my body always naturally attunes itself to Mother Nature's cycles and I wake up just in time for sunrise every morning. For years I've been more convinced with each passing day that living in Western society is the slowest form of suicide - the addiction to busyness & 'doing,' the destruction of Earth & the natural resources we need to survive, how people think they own everything (land, animals, other humans, etc.) when in reality nothing belongs to any of us, the annihilation of indigenous people & their wisdom that has helped the human race survive all these millenia, the ever growing illusion of connection through social media that has turned into massive disconnection between humans, the lie we are sold that we must 'earn' a living rather than just LIVING, the amount of energy wasted on chasing money & acquiring things. I could go on, but I digress. Now more than ever I feel I never want to return to civilization. In summer 2015 I started discussing moving back to Indonesia, building an orphanage and living off the land with a community of like-minded people. Mostly fear has kept me from doing this. Fear of 'leaving' my family behind (which isn't possible considering we are soulmates who meet again and again throughout lifetimes, across time and space and dimension), fear of not having the resources I need to manifest my vision, fear of failure, fear that those dreams are too big for me, blah blah. I learned some time ago that our fears are not real & how quickly I can manifest exactly what I desire if I believe in my heart that I deserve it & it is already mine. I've been reminded of so much during my time here in Kenya, things I had forgotten from being thrown back into western culture for the last year & a half. I'm so grateful to have gained the clarity I need to move forward in creating a life & world that inspires me daily to get back to living as a human BEING rather than a human doing. To create the reality I believe in, rather than accepting the one I was given. Thank you, Mama Afraka!

You know you've got it made when you wake up, walk a few steps to your "front door," open it and see this. 😍 Whenever I'm living somewhere with no electricity, my body always naturally attunes itself to Mother Nature's cycles and I wake up just in time for sunrise every morning. 
For years I've been more convinced with each passing day that living in Western society is the slowest form of suicide - the addiction to busyness & 'doing,' the destruction of Earth & the natural resources we need to survive, how people think they own everything (land, animals, other humans, etc.) when in reality nothing belongs to any of us, the annihilation of indigenous people & their wisdom that has helped the human race survive all these millenia, the ever growing illusion of connection through social media that has turned into massive disconnection between humans, the lie we are sold that we must 'earn' a living rather than just LIVING, the amount of energy wasted on chasing money & acquiring things. I could go on, but I digress.

Now more than ever I feel I never want to return to civilization. In summer 2015 I started discussing moving back to Indonesia, building an orphanage and living off the land with a community of like-minded people. Mostly fear has kept me from doing this. Fear of 'leaving' my family behind (which isn't possible considering we are soulmates who meet again and again throughout lifetimes, across time and space and dimension), fear of not having the resources I need to manifest my vision, fear of failure, fear that those dreams are too big for me, blah blah.

I learned some time ago that our fears are not real & how quickly I can manifest exactly what I desire if I believe in my heart that I deserve it & it is already mine. I've been reminded of so much during my time here in Kenya, things I had forgotten from being thrown back into western culture for the last year & a half. I'm so grateful to have gained the clarity I need to move forward in creating a life & world that inspires me daily to get back to living as a human BEING rather than a human doing. To create the reality I believe in, rather than accepting the one I was given. Thank you, Mama Afraka!

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2017-01-12 07:09:35

Nasirian and Leyian being perfect as always. 😍 The kids started school today and I made the journey into 'town' for the first time in weeks, spending all afternoon and evening running errands and buying supplies for the water system. This means I only got to see the kids very briefly early this morning. It felt so strange not being near them all day; no playing, laughing, singing, dancing, or collecting firewood and water like we usually do. πŸ˜“ When Daniel and I arrived back home tonight, all ten kids tackled me at once, jumping into my arms, smothering me in hugs and tons of kisses. I'll never, ever forget those few moments, the love shared between us and how excited we all were to see each other. ❀ I am feeling SO BLESSED and GRATEFUL to be a part of this family!

Nasirian and Leyian being perfect as always. 😍

The kids started school today and I made the journey into 'town' for the first time in weeks, spending all afternoon and evening running errands and buying supplies for the water system. This means I only got to see the kids very briefly early this morning. It felt so strange not being near them all day; no playing, laughing, singing, dancing, or collecting firewood and water like we usually do. πŸ˜“ 
When Daniel and I arrived back home tonight, all ten kids tackled me at once, jumping into my arms, smothering me in hugs and tons of kisses. I'll never, ever forget those few moments, the love shared between us and how excited we all were to see each other. ❀ I am feeling SO BLESSED and GRATEFUL to be a part of this family!

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2017-01-10 01:59:42

Nine year old Mariamu being a badass with her machete while collecting firewood. 😍 The love I have for this girl... you guys have no idea. πŸ’œ

Nine year old Mariamu being a badass with her machete while collecting firewood. 😍 The love I have for this girl... you guys have no idea. πŸ’œ

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2017-01-07 17:57:24

Not a bad view for brushing our teeth, eh? 😊 We are brushing using tiny sticks! The Maasai cut the smaller sticks from trees and peel the outer layer of bark to use the fresh, green insides as a toothbrush. With their incredibly healthy diet (consisting of ugali, rice, beans, other vegetables and meat/dairy they raise themselves; very rarely anything else) this homemade toothbrush is more than sufficient in getting the job done. Not only that, but it means they're not using plastic, which is obviously harmful to the environment; or toothpaste, which is full of bad quality sugar, fluoride and other harmful chemicals. I'm so grateful to live with a tribe who continues to live in harmony with nature rather than destroying it. πŸ’œ

Not a bad view for brushing our teeth, eh? 😊 We are brushing using tiny sticks! The Maasai cut the smaller sticks from trees and peel the outer layer of bark to use the fresh, green insides as a toothbrush. With their incredibly healthy diet (consisting of ugali, rice, beans, other vegetables and meat/dairy they raise themselves; very rarely anything else) this homemade toothbrush is more than sufficient in getting the job done. Not only that, but it means they're not using plastic, which is obviously harmful to the environment; or toothpaste, which is full of bad quality sugar, fluoride and other harmful chemicals. I'm so grateful to live with a tribe who continues to live in harmony with nature rather than destroying it. πŸ’œ

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2017-01-07 17:48:35

CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN! I'm thrilled to announce that construction of our first water system for the Mount Suswa Maasai began this morning! Here, Daniel explains how we will capture the volcanic steam from underground to condense into water. You'll see Joseph (water engineer) and his crew digging, looking for the best spots with the most steam. These holes are where the PVC pipes will be placed, leading into the 3200 liter water tank, which we hope will be completely full of clean, safe water for Daniel's family and the surrounding community in just one week. I wish I had the words to properly express my gratitude, and the gratitude of the Maasai community, to those who have donated. Thank you for helping us to bring a clean, safe and permanent water source to this very special tribe! Part of me still can't believe how easily this has all come together, the other part of me knows how powerful our prayers and intentions are and is not at all surprised at how quickly this project has manifested. 😊 There are two schools nearby which also lack a permanent source of clean, safe water for the children. Of course, I have every intention of changing that. I'm sure we can all agree that every child deserves access to clean water, especially the young and vulnerable. To support our project so we can bring water to the schools as well, please follow the link below (also in my bio) to donate: πŸ”Έ www.YouCaring.com/MountSuswaMaasai πŸ”Έ

CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN!

I'm thrilled to announce that construction of our first water system for the Mount Suswa Maasai began this morning! Here, Daniel explains how we will capture the volcanic steam from underground to condense into water. You'll see Joseph (water engineer) and his crew digging, looking for the best spots with the most steam. These holes are where the PVC pipes will be placed, leading into the 3200 liter water tank, which we hope will be completely full of clean, safe water for Daniel's family and the surrounding community in just one week.

I wish I had the words to properly express my gratitude, and the gratitude of the Maasai community, to those who have donated. Thank you for helping us to bring a clean, safe and permanent water source to this very special tribe! Part of me still can't believe how easily this has all come together, the other part of me knows how powerful our prayers and intentions are and is not at all surprised at how quickly this project has manifested. 😊

There are two schools nearby which also lack a permanent source of clean, safe water for the children. Of course, I have every intention of changing that. I'm sure we can all agree that every child deserves access to clean water, especially the young and vulnerable.

To support our project so we can bring water to the schools as well, please follow the link below (also in my bio) to donate:
πŸ”Έ www.YouCaring.com/MountSuswaMaasai πŸ”Έ

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2017-01-07 01:25:59

This is how we pass the time most days... L❀VE.

This is how we pass the time most days... L❀VE.

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2017-01-05 18:47:35

 

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