The Warriors Organization is looking for volunteers and interns in the Boston area!

TWO is in the midst of many projects. We have a team of dedicated volunteers that work with us but we are always looking for additional help—particularly in the Boston area. We are hoping to recruit a small team of volunteers and interns to work with us during the next academic year.

We are looking to recruit volunteers and interns in the following areas:

  • fundraising
  • web design
  • social media
  • photography
  • research (speech opportunities, grants, networking)
  • grant-writing
  • blogging 
  • event coordination
There are always variations on these opportunities and we are happy to speak with anyone who is interested in us and/or feels aligned with our mission.

Our ideal volunteers/interns:

  • have some knowledge/background in indigenous issues
  • have traveled/worked/lived/studied in Tanzania (though this is not a prerequisite)
  • are curious, self-directed, highly motivated, talented, sociable, kind, highly-skilled, and available
  • have leadership qualities and aren’t afraid to suggest an idea or spearhead a project
  •  know people in the non-profit/development world
  •  think creatively
  • are curious to learn more about the issues facing indigenous peoples and are passionate about working with those people to find solutions
  • are yes people!
Benefits of volunteering/interning with TWO are:
  • direct hands-on experience working with a growing non-profit organization 
  • experience with cross-cultural communication—volunteers and interns would be working closely with Isaya, our founder, as well as our other board members, who are located throughout the US, Israel, Tanzania, and England
  • opportunity for growth—we are interested in helping anyone who helps us expand their horizons and develop their portfolio/CV
  • opportunity to work with a dynamic team of dedicated volunteers skilled in diverse areas (community activism, writing, web design, social media, teaching, marketing, development, survival skills, animal husbandry, etc.)

We are looking to partner both with interested individuals and with institutions to offer volunteering and internship opportunities. To learn more about these opportunities please contact us at thewarriorsorganization@gmail.com.

For more information about the Warriors Organization, please visit our website or our facebook page. To get a feel for our projects, check out this video. We’re happy to meet with interested individuals, students, or coordinators at any time to discuss possibilities.

We look forward to hearing from you and we hope you will help us to spread the word!

-TWO

What happened after the Boston Marathon?

Back in April, Isaya ran the Boston Marathon to raise funds to build a preschool in Eluai, Tanzania. Clearly, that day did not turn out as he or most others planned. In addition, the funds that Isaya thought he was raising didn’t come through. Shortly after Isaya ran the marathon, he sat down with board member Michele Christle and reflected on his experience.

Together, they wrote a story which is available for your reading pleasure in the newest issue of Cultural Survival Quarterly. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Thank you for reading!

For those of you who feel moved to contribute funds, you can do so via our website or by sending a check directly to:

The Warriors Organization
P.O.Box 650112
West Newton
MA 02465

summer is almost here

Summer is on its way and with it comes a host of opportunities to get involved with the Warriors Organization. We’ll be participating in a number of Cultural Survival Bazaars, starting on June 1st, in Amherst, MA, on the town commons. We’ll have a whole new batch of dazzling jewelry fastidiously made by a group of dedicated women in Isaya’s home village of Eluai, Tanzania. The selection is grand–much of it was acquired during our trip to Tanzania this past January. We also have a number of very good looking TWO t-shirts for sale. They would look very becoming on you (though not as good as the jewelry)! We’re looking forward to catching up with our supporters and meeting new friends during this Bazaar season. We’ve got a lot of projects currently in the works and look forward to sharing them with you. Come say hello!

*As always, if you feel so inclined, you can donate directly to us through our website AND, since we are now an official 501(c)3 non-profit, all donations are tax-deductible! Yippee!

Boston Marathon

Yesterday was an epic day–both before and after the explosions. We are relieved to report that Isaya Lukumay, the founder of the Warriors Organization, who was running to raise money to build a preschool in Eluai, Tanzania, is okay. He crossed the finish line just ten minutes before the explosions. Times and speeds hardly matter at time like this, nevertheless, we are incredibly proud of him and even more relieved that he and all of the supporters who came to cheer him at the finish line were not hurt. As the aftermath of this event continues to ripple outward and inward, our hearts are with the victims, their families, the runners, the spectators, the city of Boston, and the world at large.

The Warriors Organization is an official 501c3!

ImageAs of Friday, March 22, 2013, TWO is officially a 501(c)3 certified non-profit! We are absolutely thrilled to be legally vetted in this way and are incredibly thankful to all the folks that helped us with our application.

One of the many benefits of being an officially recognized non-profit organization is that all donations to us are tax-exempt. With Isaya running the Boston Marathon in less than a month, now is an excellent time to donate! We’re on our way to raising enough funds to build a preschool in Isaya’s village of Eluai, Tanzania. Your contribution will help to make a difference.

Thank you to all of our donors and volunteers! We couldn’t do this without you!

Isaya is running the Boston Marathon in one month!

Maasai children in Eluai

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.

Maasai children preschool

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 thewarriorsorganization@gmail.com.

Go Isaya! We are thrilled about this project and we are cheering you on, in every which way!

isaya shaking hands

exciting update from the field

In early January, Isaya and Aric took off to Tanzania on a mission to spread the word about TWO and connect with representatives from the Datoga, Hadzabe, Iraqw, Maasai, and Sukuma communities we will work with. They have been working hard, laughing hard, and relentlessly connecting with individuals whose own ideals are aligned with our goal. We are so proud of the work they are doing and very thankful to those who have helped to make this mission possible. More photos and updates to come soon!

Here are some photos of their trip so far:

TWO meets with Iraqw communityA meeting between TWO and an Iraqw community–one of many meetings!

This Maasai woman is part of the awesome crew of jewelry-making ladies in Isaya’s village, who are thrilled to have an alternative source of independent come when the men are away with the cattle.
maasai kids playing by bomaChildren playing outside a boma in Eluai.

Isaya's grandmother
Here, Isaya’s grandmother is contemplating the future of her community, and how it relates to the mission of TWO.

Isaya contemplating
Isaya takes a moment to ponder the situation faced by the Hadzabe community.

Isaya and some Hadzabe folks in an old home
Pictured here is Isaya and a group of Hadzabe who used to inhabit this cave. Many Hadzabe (traditionally hunters and gatherers) have recently moved on in search of food and water.

Hadzabe man thinking about friends moving on
This Hadzabe man told us about how many of his friends have recently moved on in search of food and water, while he chose to remain.

TWO rep for the Hadzabe community
This leader from the Hadzabe community stepped forward as a TWO representative for his people.

Isaya learning about how the Datoga make jewelry

The Datoga are known for their beautiful jewelry, some of which we will soon have for sale. Here, Isaya and Aric sit with Datoga blacksmiths, learning about how the jewelry is made.

Isaya talking to his younger brother

Isaya enjoying seeing his little brother, whom he hadn’t seen for two years before this trip.

datoga water committee

Here, Isaya gets an update on H2O issues from the Datoga water committee.

Datoga grandmother thinking on families

This Datoga grandmother shared with us her concern for the future of her family.

Iraqw woman

The Iraqw woman featured below professed to TWO her excitement about our mission.

Bazaars, Bracelets, and Stories

Greetings to our friends and supporters!

December has been a busy month for us, as we gear up for the trip to Tanzania in February.

This past weekend we participated in a Bazaar sponsored by Cultural Survival, in Cambridge, MA. Before Isaya came to the U.S., the women from his community in Eluwai, Tanzania, handmade a stockpile of jewelry for him, to help support his efforts with the Warriors Organization. Through events like the Cultural Survival Bazaars, we are selling these unique handmade items.

TWO Maasai jewelry for sale

Our table was full of beautiful bracelets, anklets, and necklaces–a very eye-catching display! The items being sold at the neighboring tables were quite a complement to our goods–we shared a room with folks selling beautiful art from Ecuador, Zimbabwe and India. We had a wonderful time chatting with everyone who came by and with the talented artists and fascinating vendors, not to mention the staff of Cultural Survival themselves–thanks to all who came out!

We are happy to report that we sold a good portion of our inventory, which we are looking forward to replenishing when we head back to Tanzania in January. This time, we hope to collect jewelry from a wider variety of ethnic groups, including some fine metal work from the Datoga and the beaded headbands from the Hadzabe. We’ll keep you posted when it is available!

photo by Derek Yorks

Part of what made our participation in the Cultural Survival Bazaar so valuable was talking to everyone who came by. We all have stories to tell, experiences to share, lessons to impart, curious anecdotes, etc., and we consider ourselves lucky when we have the opportunity to share these things. With technological advances and transportation infrastructures being developed worldwide, it can often seem the world is getting smaller, however, as small as the world can seem, the voices of those we might most need to hear are not always amplified powerfully enough. The many voices of the Maasai don’t always get heard on the streets of Cambridge, MA, and while Isaya (who currently lives in the Boston area) doesn’t speak for every Tanzanian Maasai in the world, he’s got his finger on the pulse of many–not to mention that his story alone is engrossing! We are excited about the prospect of Isaya being invited to speak at a number of institutions, both this past fall and upcoming in the spring.

Taking the time to listen to the stories of those around us, whether they be Maasai warriors, our co-workers, the clerks at the bodegas we visit, our neighbors, our fellow students, our clients, our bosses, our elders, and our sisters and brothers is invaluable and we highly encourage it! It is through these stories and experiences that we come to have compassion and empathy.

If you are interested in having Isaya or anyone from the Warriors Organization speak at your school, event, or community dinner, drop us a line at thewarriorsorganization@gmail.com.

Happy holidays to all and thank you for your support!

The Warriors Organization at the Hartford Marathon

We are happy to report that our warrior, Michele Christle, officially ran 26.2 miles last Saturday, as a fundraiser for the Warriors Organization. She was able to complete the marathon with no major incidents (other than shock after she crossed the finish line).

Through this fundraising effort, we have raised nearly $2,000 to date. We are immensely thankful to all who have contributed.

We would also like to inform you that contrary to popular belief,  it is not too late to donate! All donations will go to the trip the Warriors Organization will be making to Tanzania in January. This mission is an important one and will help to secure community participation in all of our projects. For more information about how to donate, please click here.

Please continue to tell your friends, colleagues, associates, family and strangers about us. We thank you for your support as we  build a solid foundation for our vision.