We are very excited to announce that our founder and president, Isaya Lukumay, has been given the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2013 to raise funds to build a two-room preschool in his village of Eluai, Tanzania.
Currently, there is a teacher in Eluai who manages to gather the children under a tree to do educational activities with them when weather permits, but being at the mercy of the elements and the distractions of an open sky classroom presents a number of challenges. In these conditions it is difficult to build upon a curriculum in a way that actually prepares these eager youths for success in school.
When Isaya was growing up in Eluai, there was no primary school. Now, Eluai is lucky to have a primary school, though many children start school without a basic level of Swahili, the language used in Tanzanian primary schools. This lack is a major factor in creating a learning deficit that many Tanzanian children never overcome. A strong preschool in the village will help to prepare students to enter primary school and succeed. It will help prepare them to pass the test they need to take to get into secondary school. Education, as we see it, is the key to freedom. With a solid educational background and a strong sense of self and identity, the Maasai, along with other indigenous peoples of Tanzania (and throughout the world) will be able to help their communities develop with intention, according to their own unique visions.
Our goal is to raise enough money to build a two-room schoolhouse that will accommodate up to 40 pupils in each room. Children aged five to fourteen will be able to attend this school for a year or two in preparation for primary school.
We plan to make this school as sustainable as possible, including the community in the planning, building and maintenance. We are thrilled to embark upon this very exciting project…AND we need your help to make it happen.
To show your support you can send donations to: The Warriors Organization, P.O.Box 650112 West Newton, MA 02465 or donate through our website.
And, Isaya says,
“If you would like to pledge a certain amount per mile it would help motivate me to finish the race. I will need all the support I can get to make it up heartbreak hill after 20 miles! If anyone is in Boston on race day you can show your support by cheering my on along the race route.”
There are many ways to help us out–financial contributions, advice, feedback, your presence at the Boston Marathon, cheering us on via the internet, telling your friends about this project, hosting fundraisers, etc. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go Isaya! We are thrilled about this project and we are cheering you on, in every which way!