Liking for figures

KIUMA makes a professional dream come true

Samuel Emanuel Telela, who has a liking for figures, today works in the accounts department of our Tanzanian partner KIUMA. The inquisitive young man, who had attended the KIUMA Secondary School, had never dared to imagine that one day he would be able to work in his dream job.

Samuel is visibly in tune with his own actions – “My aim is to live a life according to God’s measures.”

Samuel is visibly in tune with his own actions – “My aim is to live a life according to God’s measures.”

Village life limits options

Samuel’s childhood in the small village of Mbesa was very much like the childhood of many contemporaries, who, just like he did, grow up in remote locations close to the border with Mozambique. Together with his parents and three siblings, he lived in a house without electricity and running water. His father earned a moderate income as a vicar. His mother ran a little farm for their own requirements. The young man tells us: “After school, we children all had our responsibilities. I fetched water from the river and helped in the vegetable garden.” His spare time was equally monotonous. Samuel read, played football and supported the church-based youth work. But he also wanted to learn.

However, the underdeveloped South of Tanzania hardly provides any opportunities for a young man who wants to broaden his knowledge. There are no reliable secondary schools and his parents could not afford to send him to a further away educational facility. Hence, once he had completed the seventh class at the primary school in the village, he believed to have reached the end of his education.

The dream of further education becomes true

Qualified teachers, his own seat and enough textbooks – well equipped schools as the one in KIUMA are rare in the Tunduru District.

Qualified teachers, his own seat and enough textbooks – well equipped schools as the one in KIUMA are rare in the Tunduru District.

However, in spite of his fears, the wish for deepening his school knowledge was fulfilled. Samuel still remembers how he heard about KIUMA: “One day, father told us about a centre for school, vocational and spiritual education about 110 kilometres north of Mbesa. When I heard that the centre ran a well organised secondary school, which also admitted young people from poorer backgrounds, I made my decision.” In spite of the great distance from his home, the then 19-year old decided not to waste any time to apply for a place.

Samuel was happy. The KIUMA Secondary School offered him an affordable education. And he discovered his preference for figures. Samuel remembers: “Bookkeeping and cost accounting instantly became my favourite subjects. This was the area, I wanted to work in later.” Passing his Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education, this wish came closer as the exam qualified him to study at university. He decided on a course in accounting in the significantly better developed coastal region of Mtwara, from which he graduated successfully.

Positive life balance

Samuel summarizes: “When I was a child, simple practical constraints, such as a home without electricity and running water as well as a lack of infrastructure, restricted my life. Then I became a KIUMA pupil. Working for KIUMA today, I am responsible to keep track of all expenses of my former school and any other of the organisation’s facilities.” He concludes: “My job is my dream. I do qualified and interesting work. The only thing I have sometimes too little of is time. But I still got a lot more plans: I want to get married, continue my studies and to help others in the way people helped me. Because Jesus said: ‘Show the grace you received to others.”