I’m Mariam Jonas Abraham a Marketing and Public Relations graduate from Tanzania Institute of Accountancy. I am one of the beneficiaries of NtuNtu Mbeleko programme. The programme has positively impacted on me as a young woman looking to gain work experience but at the same making a difference to my country. I count it a blessing having been the first beneficiary of NtuNtu Mbeleko Programme which helped me find a placement for internship at the Community Development Trust Fund of Tanzania (CDTF). Before joining Mbeleko programme, it took me almost a year of job seeking after college without success. I was hoping from one organization to another looking for internship and or volunteer work but nothing came on my way. It was until I got into contact with Dr. Suma Kaare, the founder of NtuNtu Mbeleko Programme that I regained hope on my future in the job market. I’m now volunteering at the CDTF, gaining work experience while at the same time enjoying the work and learning from my mentors.
Before my placement, NtuNtu Mbeleko programme offered a one day training to orient me with volunteer work as well as issues related to work place ethics, my rights and obligations as an employee/volunteer. The training raised my awareness on my rights at work place as a young woman the agenda on gender equality and sexual harassment, the need to maintain and keep privacy/confidentiality of the organization how to conduct myself at work and how to manage my phone and friends so many other practical things related to work. This gave me a clear insight on how I should build my career with integrity and confidence as a determined young woman.
After my six months work with CDTF I am now assisting on Proposal writing, planning and mobilization of resources for the organization. As well as Promoting marketing of CDTF-Tanzania activities and designing of materials for facilitation of our target groups, supervision and overseeing implementation of community projects supported by CDTF – Tanzania. I have had opportunity to go for a field tour to follow up ongoing projects on construction of class rooms as part of CDTF support to community development. CDT has helped me connect the theories I learnt at college with the reality on the ground.
I encourage all young and ambitious women and men especially university graduates not to lose hope when they can’t find a job, you should remember that jobs can’t find you so become a volunteer for potential employers to see you in action. I recommend you to contact NtuNtu Mbeleko programme for the best opportunity to gain work experience through volunteering and internship.