The Reverand canon Kedmon Mlemeta with family (Shedrack, Monica and young Abednigo)
The Rev Kedmon Mlemeta distributing books donated by TVT to students at Usa River
The Rev Kedmon Mlemeta, (left) and 2 members of the team
The True Vine Trust for Tanzania is asmall group of volunteers that has been serving
the community of Shambarai in the Maasai steppe, since 2000.
It was originally founded by Nadine Hawkins as the Shambarai village project. This
project began when the Reverand Kedmon Mlemeta and family came to visit Nadine and
Keith Hawkins garden in the summer of 1998, as part of Long Whatton’s Open Garden
weekend. Kedmon was at that time the vicar of the church of the Good Shepherd in
Loughborough, the church that Nadine attended regularly.
During the garden walkabout Monica commented on the water pump in Nadines garden
and said she wished they had one in her home village of Shambarai in Tanzania. At
that moment God laid his vision on Nadine’s heart and fund raising started to provide
clean water for Shambarai. In the summer of 2000, volunteers went to Shambarai
to install a mechanical hand pumps to supply clean water. During this visit, requests
were made to provide books, games, musical instruments for school and orphanages,
and critical care equipment, instruments, dressings and text-books for the hospital.
In a subsequent visit in 2004 to distribute goods, Kedmon, Keith and Nadine, realising
there were more goods than Shambarai needed and the surplus was able to be distributed
to other hospitals, clinics, schools and orphanages in the surrounding areas. This
led to more needs being identified and it was felt the original name should be changed
to be the True Vine Trust for Tanzania (TVT)) and charity status be applied for.
Charity status was obtained in 2008. There are 6 trustees. Go to trustees.
The Reverand Kedmon Mlemeta is Director of Agape Missi International and is priest
in charge at St James church in Arusha. Originally, Kedmon was a teacher, became
an ordained minister, was a Church Army officer , youth chaplain and a pastor of
a new church (St Stephens) in Arusha. Arusha is the largest town in the Mount Kilimanjaro
The Reverand Kedmon Mlemeta came to England in 1996 to serve as priest in charge
at the church of the Good Shepherd, in Shelthorpe,Loughborough, Leicstershire, UK
for three years.
The Leicester diocese has links with the diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Reverand
Kedmon Mlemeta came to Shelthorpe to experience church and life in the community
here in the UK through this connection.
TrueVineTrust is in partnership with Agape Mission International (AMI) in Tanzania.
AMI is a non profit making, non governmental and non denominational organisation.
This is an organisation involved in mission and evangelism, community development
and training programs especially in computer, vocational skills, business studies
and English language for orphaned youth and those from extremely poor families.
Objectives of AMI
• To provide community development support with the purpose of taking care of physical
and social needs of communities and intellectual development and bringing up the
• To train orphans and indigent young people in information technology, business
management and vocational skills. To equip students with the knowledge on how to
be self reliant by managing their own business and also to install confidence in
themselves when they become employed.
• To facilitate exchange programs for exposure and practical learning; support to
missionaries to volunteers in Tanzania.
• To engage in mission and evangelism.
To reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, Tb and malaria by providing screening and treatment
for those who are affected.
Because of low income and poor resources of income to pay for tests and treatment,
many people will be unable to access these facilities. A health and treatment centre
at Mgutwa complex (Bethany Centre) will be built to meet the specific needs of the
people in the region.