The Life Traveller - About Me
The Life Traveller - About Me
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The Life Traveller - About Me - Manon


How wonderful that we have crossed paths.
My name is Manon Valesca Maria. I'm Dutch with a drop of Indonesian blood. The Life Traveller is established in 2014. I had this vision of creating an online relaxing place for positivity, spirituality, inspiration and mindfulness. A space where you can take a deep breath from the long way you have come. The Life Traveller is a meeting point, where other inspiring travel companions share their experiences. You can get some ‘take-away’ inspiration for the continuation of your journey and personal help is offered to get going, when it’s unclear which direction to go. I also share some of my daily adventures. Motherhood is a huge part of that. The Life Traveller travels light and follows the light on its journey into eternity. Have a magical trip. Thank you for stopping by. Feel free to follow my trace!


I have had work experience for more than sixteen years in the field of Dutch magazines as a fashion, beauty & health director, image coordinator, editor, stylist and text writer. Beside motherhood, the most important role of my life, my days are filled with charity work and sharing light. Feeling good and sowing the seeds of love are my main goals. Beside that I combine writing for magazines with this blog. I am also the creator of Naramatisho, a Kenyan handicraft label. Additionally, I have a healing and coaching practice for awareness and personal growth. I support other travel companions as a life coach through aura reading, chakra balancing, healing techniques and coaching. Everyone deserves to be happy.

I'm a very blessed mother of a wonderful rainbow family. I'm married to a brave, supportive Dutch sun warrior, Michel, and mama moon to a beautiful African sonshine, Micah, and a sweet Welsh corgi dog named Vos (Fox in Dutch). We have been living in Kenya and are now dividing time between Kenya and our home in Amsterdam.

I live simply and am down-to-earth and spiritual all-in-one. And I like seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Travelling is in my blood. I love exploring the world, hiking in nature, walking barefoot, yoga, meditation, dancing and music, watching Indie and art house movies, having fun with friends and preparing pure, organic vegan dishes..and capturing moments in a picture. I get inspired by nature, animals, the sun, the moon, the stars and trees. I collect stones, gemstones, feathers and Native American Kachina dolls..and positive thoughts.


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Welcome to The Life Traveller Foundation!

The Life Traveller Foundation was founded by Manon Hanssen-Meyering and Michel Meyering. The foundation aims to improve the quality of life of those in need through small, person-oriented aid. Our motto: “Small aid, great impact.” Helping others helping themselves has always been the main goal.

Besides a number of school projects, we focus on personal or family-related charity. This provides transparency; because of our personal approach we can show the donator where the money is used for.

The charity projects we provide in Kenya range from the reimbursement of school fees for a child, providing clothing and toys through fundraising, providing microcredits, starting and building of a shop, payment of hospital visits or doctor’s bill to empowerment sessions.

Who is eligible?
Right now in Kenya, it seems like everywhere we go people come to us to ask for help. But a help request is also possible. We are mostly active in the Netherlands and Kenya, but we are open to other places on earth. The world is boundless and our help supports that.

Become a donor
You can choose to support us with a fixed donation on a monthly or yearly basis.
You will be personally informed about the spending. It is also possible (occasionally) to support a specific project.

Currently we ask in addition to ongoing actions, donations for the following projects. Click the project for more details.

Support Amina and her disabled daughter Sabila

school money

porridge at school

Food support children’s home

How it all started
For years, Michel and Manon talked about starting a foundation. All the incoming money would be ‘give away money’ that with help, attention and inspiration would be in the right places.
It was their desire to provide personal aid and support to those in need. When they moved to Kenya in August 2014 to complete the adoption process of their son, Micah, one of their goals was to get to know the Kenyan culture on a deeper level and fully live this experience. They wanted to know the country where they were born as a family and not just be Western observers on the sidelines. It was their son who finally helped them starting the foundation.

Their initial charity projects turned out much bigger than they previously intended. Hundreds of children were given their own school uniform, thanks to donations from people from the Netherlands. Making them no longer the outcast in the classroom.
Soon they started providing mattresses for the school campus. This allows students from graduating classes who do not have electricity at home, to stay at school during important exams.
Meanwhile the porridge project started, that offers breakfast every day to hundreds of children. The illness rate has significantly reduced since offering porridge at school, there is less complaining of abdominal pain and the kids seem much more energized and happy.

 Nowadays they have completed many projects and built a good donor base and there is much more to come. Visit also their shop to support the local artisans by buying their beautiful art craft.

You can donate here: NL11ABNA0528987631 – swift ABNANL2A att. The Life Traveller, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.