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.
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.