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Mother Shayshoshewa Dawe - Idaho City, ID

Submitted by Michelle Evans - Boise

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This woman is teaching hundreds of people how to honor the Earth and each other, and how to be effective advocates for each other.

Mother Shayshoshewa has founded a monastery in Idaho City, Idaho based on the principles of honoring women, the earth and through prayer and sacrifice to live an effective life in this world. She and her group have gone world wide founding the world day of Metta- a day of prayer for the Earth and all beings who live here. She teaches us how to live a life in which putting others first is more important than having your every need met. She teaches us how to be involved with social justice issues and that we each matter in if the earth can survive what we are currently doing to it and that using our voices can make a difference. She teaches through prayers and blogs and songs and web sites so we can invite others to join with us - to help try to save the earth. She teaches us to stand up for the women and children who are homeless and abused and to keep sending letters, marching to the capitol, sending money and time to different causes so we can make a difference- She walks her talk daily- for and with the people of the United States to help those who are listening to understand that just because our lives are blessed does not mean it is so every where and that prayer and time spent for others really do matter! Her work can be found at, also at

This story was submitted as part of Oxam America's International Women's Day initiative to honor women working to right the wrongs of poverty and hunger. Honorees are selected independently by Oxfam supporters. Selection does not imply endorsement or other support from Oxfam America.

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