MIU student Samuel Tumdedo grew up in a family of farmers in Ethiopia and studied hydraulic engineering at Arba Minch University. As a Christian, he wanted to use his education to help communities in need, so he decided to do humanitarian work.
He joined World Vision International, where he worked as an infrastructure engineer, and then was promoted to water supply design engineer on area development programs in various parts of Ethiopia.
Later he worked for Samaritan’s Purse International in South Sudan, supporting the water and sanitation needs of several large refugee camps, serving hundreds of thousands of displaced people. He managed different projects, working with various humanitarian organizations in a war zone under extremely difficult weather conditions.
While with Samaritan’s Purse he also spent three years in Cambodia, managing water supply, sanitation, and hygiene programs for refugee camps.