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
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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