I am Vaileth, Future Accountant!

12 Mar


By Vaileth, TFFT Scholarship Student

I am Vaileth Pallangyo, 18 years old, from Nkoaranga village.  I received my primary school education at Nkoaranga and after passing the class 7 national exam I was selected to attend Nshupu Secondary School. I stayed at Nshupu until Form 2 then shifted to Usa River Academy with the help of The Foundation For Tomorrow. I started Form 1 again in 2008 and finished O level in 2011. Graduating from secondary school is one of the happiest moments of my life.

I spend my free time reading novels and poetry because my English teacher at URA once told me that if I want to improve my English speaking skills I need to be friends with books. I believed him and I want to think I am improving. Some of my favorite stories include “Three Suitors, One Husband,” “This Time Tomorrow,” “Song of Lawino,” “Pass Like a Shadow,” and “The Boy who Harnessed the Wind” which I read during the Christmas break last year with the rest of the TFFT secondary kids.

Aside from reading, I also love playing netball and chatting with friends. At home I also do domestic or household chores like cooking, washing clothes, chopping firewood, and cleaning the house.

Bookkeeping is my favorite subject in school. Some students dislike it but I find balancing books challenging. Trial balance, balance sheet, control account and joint venture account, three-column cashbook—these are just some of the terms I learned from my bookkeeping class. It is not easy but I think bookkeeping also develops one’s attention to details. And because bookkeeping is my favorite subject, would you be surprised if I say I hope to become an accountant someday? I would run my own company after gaining enough experience working in other companies. I believe this is possible. I can make this happen. My elders at TFFT always tell me I can do it.

The Foundation for Tomorrow supported me a lot not just in school but also in life skills. After finishing my O level, they gave me, Ombeni, and Isaac (the other two TFFT scholars who finished O level with me) the opportunity to study Computer. While doing this, we were also matched to partner organizations for our internship. My first internship was with Nkoaranga Orphanage. From my computer class, I proceed to the orphanage to help with the children. I played with them, assisted in feeding them as well as cleaning them up.

After finishing my Computer course, I was assigned to work as an intern at TFFT. At TFFT, I help with typing some documents, filing, and also working in the Full Circle Room at URA. I make sure that the room is tidy and neat. I decorated the room and arranged the books in our new bookshelf. I feel happy with the improvement in the room. Maybe this is what you call feeling of fulfillment? It looks more attractive now, a good place to learn. I am enjoying my internship at TFFT. The staff members are like my family, my elder brothers and sisters. We laugh a lot but also they make sure I do my work seriously. I also know that my internship is meant to teach me work skills and a way for them to keep me busy and avoid temptation to play around.  But I promised them I will be serious in my studies and stay focused on reaching my dream to be an accountant.

Thank you, Vaileth!! As always, leave your thoughts/words of encouragement for Vaileth below. We hope your week is off to a good start. We’ll be back later this week with the post on Meghann’s trip and the strategic planning sessions. Lots of good stuff coming your way!

In order for you to more fully understand her story, here is a brief overview of the Tanzanian school system. In Tanzania, after seven years of primary education (similar to elementary and middle school in the U.S.), the students proceed to secondary school, which is broken into four years of O Levels and then either A Levels, Certificate Level, or Vocational Training. After the first four years of secondary school (O Levels), the students take the O Level Exams. The exam scores  determine what the next step will be (A Levels, Certificate Level, or Vocational Training). Much of what Vaileth shares below explains what she did during the four-month break waiting for the O Level Exam results. Daniel Stephen, Program Coordinator for TFFT’s After School Tuition Program, interviewed Valieth for this post.

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9 Responses to “I am Vaileth, Future Accountant!”

  1. Sari Lampert March 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Dear Vaileth,

    There’s so many things I want to congratulate you on! First, CONGRATULATIONS ongGraduating from secondary school. That’s a wonderful accomplishment and one you should be very proud of. Second, CONGRATULATIONS on your internships with Nkoaranga Orphanage and with TFFT. Enjoy that feeling of fulfillment. You deserve it! You are doing so many wonderful and making such a difference. Keep up the good work. Good luck as you study to become an Accountant. I agree with your TFFT family… I know you can do it!

    I hope to come back to Tanzania one day and meet you. You can teach me about bookkeeping, we can talk about reading books and just hang out and chat. Wishing you continued success…

    Big hugs,
    Sari Lampert

    • vaileth pallangyo March 13, 2012 at 3:27 am #

      Dear sari Lampert.
      Thank you for congratulates, i will do so when you will come to TANZANIA .and also thank you for the support you give in TFFT.

  2. Sari Lampert March 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Oops… I have a big typo!

    *First, CONGRATULATIONS on graduating from secondary school.

    Please forgive me :)

  3. Nesha Pai Singer March 13, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Dear Vaileth:

    I am friends with Meghann and am so proud and happy to be involved with her organization. Congratulations! I am an accountant here in the U.S. and I love my job and it sounds like you would be great at it! Keep up the good work and reach out to me any time. You can reach me at nesha@paicpapllc.com. Some days are hard, but keep at it and go strong!!! You are an amazing woman!!!

    • vaileth March 14, 2012 at 3:17 am #

      Dear nesha,
      thank you very much i believe it,
      so i can do it

  4. SOPHIA KASUBI March 13, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    Dear Violeth,

    Many congratulation for finishing your o’ leve studies, i wish you all the best in your efforts to become a future accountant. I always remember the times i have shared with you and other TFFT students at URA while teaching you life skills. i am happy to read that you have worked at Nkoaranga Orphanage centre, that shows you have a spirit of volunteerism, and that is a good chance to learn other things apart from formal education. Keep in mind that, todays world does not want a person with one specialization, better yo’ve come to know that, being mult-purpose is better for ones future life. Am very proud of you.

    Cheer’s,
    SOPHIA.

    • vaileth March 14, 2012 at 3:38 am #

      DEAR SOPHIA
      thank you very much for congratulates and also thank you for teaching life skills the TFFT kids we appreciates its. pleas continues to give support in TFFT.

  5. Bekka March 13, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Vaileth – it’s Bekka from Nkoaranga, how are you? I know the kids must miss you a lot, but congratulations on finishing your internship! I will be back all summer – talk to Rehema for the details if you’re still living in the area. We are doing some work this summer you might be interested in… we’ll talk :-)

    • vaileth March 14, 2012 at 3:28 am #

      DEAR BEKKA
      we real miss you’ how are you? the kid are doing wonderful especial the one in usa river they real working very hard. thank you very much enjoy your day.

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