Max Bailey, former Australian Football League Premiership player and current volunteer with FWP, and our very own strong Maasai-woman Project Manager, Jenipher Richard, will soon be braving their way through the wild terrain of Maasai-land to raise awareness of the need for education in Maasai communities, and to raise funds for Future Warriors Project and the Nashipay Maasai School in Makuyuni.

Max, who has called Kitenden, West Kilimanjaro his home since February this year, got the inspiration to plan a ‘Warrior Walk’ after being stranded on the way home from Arusha, the nearest large town.

“The transport I took back home to Kitenden couldn’t get through one of the dirt roads we were travelling on because it had rained so much the few days before. I had to walk about 5km carrying the supplies we had brought from town. I can’t say I was enjoying it, but as I passed some of the locals walking home from town or from a day on the farm, I realised this is reality for a lot of them. These local Maasai people, who have very little, do this kind of walking every day.

“I thought there was an opportunity for me to walk in their shoes a bit further, as a way of raising awareness for the culture and the importance of education in the Maasai communities. So, we decided to plan a 150km Warrior Walk. We will be walking from Arusha to Kitenden over 5 days, across the Maasai land, visiting local communities and schools along the way,” Max explained.

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 For Jenipher, walking long distances through wild terrain is nothing new.

“Maasai women can walk up to 50km each day just to get water. This is how I grew up, and is a normal part of life for Maasai women and girls. I know Max has played plenty of AFL, but he will have a hard time keeping up with me,” she joked.

The walk also symbolises the increasing migration of young Maasai people from remote Maasai villages to Arusha to find work.

“Many young Maasai people have grown up experiencing drought and food insecurity. With limited opportunities and education, they eventually make their way to Arusha to find work to support their families. But it’s very hard, many become homeless and experience great hardship in town”, said Jenipher.

Fortunately Max and Jenipher won’t be alone.  Maasai-owned and operated safari company Warrior Trails, which also supports Maasai education through the Nashipay Maasai School, will be helping out by donating a vehicle to travel behind them.

“When I first heard about Max and Jeni’s idea I thought – wow, these two are crazy! I decided to offer one of our vehicles to accompany them and ensure their safety. It’s for a great cause and as a Maasai-owned safari company we are always looking for ways to support our community”, said Clamian Kitesho, Warrior Trails CEO.

Max and Jenipher will be setting out on their Warrior Walk on June 6. You can support them by making donations through FWP, and by sharing the news of this Warrior Walk through social media.  

Donate now to Max and Jeni’s Warrior Walk through Maasai-land

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President, Treasurer, Secretary and Ordinary Committee member roles

 Future Warriors Project is looking for new vibrant and committed management committee members to embrace our vision and make a difference to the Maasai people of Tanzania. 

We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds who are based in Brisbane and can commit between 2 and 12 hours per month (depending on the role), on average for at least 12 months. Full committee meetings are held every three months on a Sunday afternoon. In addition, Office bearer roles (President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary) meet every month either virtually to discuss governance, strategy, reporting and the financial situation of FWP, while our other committee members will meet with Sianga Kuyan (founder and volunteer CEO), to discuss other activties such as volunteers, fundraising, marketing and communications. Committee members also need to be available as needed over email, phone and/or skype.

We are looking for people who can embrace Future Warriors Project's vision and work as part of an organisation that is run by volunteers and time poor - this means we don't have the same amount of structure and management as other organisations. It also means our Management Committee is our backbone and needs to run continuously, so we ask all people who are interested - can you dedicate your time and energy to us, in spite of the commitments in your life? In return for your dedication, you will meet great people, be able to learn the ropes of governing a not-for-profit, while playing a vital role in an organisation that makes a real difference. 

On a personal level, this is what we are looking for:

  • capacity to commit time to us for at least 12 months, on top of an already busy schedule
  • people who are supportive of our Maasai founder's vision, knowledge and connection with local communities
  • patience and flexibility
  • empathy, good listening skills and the ability to work effectively with others
  • drive, and the ability to get on with agreed priorities with minimal guidance
  • project management and leadership skills
  • people with a strong interest in development work, social justice, Africa, Tanzania, and/or Maasai, who are open to understanding the complexities of working in remote settings with traditional minority cultures in developing countries

curent positions available:

Secretary - this is role is for someone organised who can write well and has a penchant for supporting others! Previous experience preparing meeting agendas and minutes preferred. You will work closely with the President to to provide meeting updates and minutes to the management committee, manage correspondence and ensure we follow proper procedures.

Ongoing roles:

  • Communications Manager
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Corporate Sponsorship Manager
  • Events Coordinator
  • Newsletter writer
  • Marketing manager 

(EXTRA) Ordinary Committee Members (2) - if you have good organisational skills, volunteer management, event management, marketing and/or communication experience, or have a passion and/or interest combined with dedication and initiative, please apply!

To express your interest, please prepare a few paragraphs about yourself and why you are interested, and contact Melanie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call Sianga Kuyan on 0430003416.

Please note that Management Committees are legal entities with legal and practical responsibilities. Because we are a small organisation whose funding is directed towards projects, we are not able to provide Management Committee members with volunteer protection, office bearer or liability insurance. Please chat with us if you have any concerns. 

For the past four months, Future Warriors Project Inc and the Albury Hume Rotary Club have been working in partnership to construct a new building for Kitenden preschool. The new building will include a space for the preparation of children’s meals, and rooms for long-and short staying international volunteers who help out at the preschool. This is undoubtedly one of our most exciting projects as we look forward welcoming volunteers by the completion of the project end of May.

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