Our People

Kath Jenkins
LL.B (Hons) BSc (Hons) MSc
Trustee and Founder UK


Hello. In 2002 I took a sabbatical from my work as a solicitor and volunteered as a primary school teacher in Mshiri, Kilimanjaro for 8 months. I have been extremely fortunate to have been able to return almost annually since then. I set up The Tumaini Trust in 2005 to sponsor my primary school students through secondary school as at that time no government school was available and private school fees is prohibitive for most.

My time spent in Tanzania has highlighted the disproportionate effect that the climate crisis is having upon developing countries and the impact of poverty and inequality. In order to gain a greater understanding of these issues I have obtained a BSc in International Studies as well as a Masters in Global Governance, where my dissertation compared governmental policy concerning single use plastic in East Africa and the UK.

As The Tumaini Trust has reached its original objectives, we now support sustainable development initiatives in Tanzania. I’m delighted that The Tumaini Trust has huge support from Mshiri village to enable us to work together to shape a more sustainable future.

Wema Mosha


Legal Lead Tanzania


I first met Kath in 2002 when she was my English teacher at primary school. I  was later sponsored by The Tumaini Trust to do my O’Levels and A’Levels. I am so grateful for that. I then went on to University and studied Law and I am now a lawyer.

I am very happy to be working with Kath and The Tumaini Trust to promote sustainable development and environment protection. The Trust provides us with an opportunity to grow trees from seed and plant them when they are ready. This activity has helped our villagers to get an income and provides an employment opportunity. I believe that economic performance and environmental protection must go hand in hand.

The Tumaini Trust’s idea has come at the right moment as Mount Kilimanjaro has been affected by fire which destroyed trees and has endangered plants and animals in the surrounding area.

Ombeni Kissinger

Coordinator Tanzania


Hello everyone!! My name is Ombeni. I work for Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) as an Environment Officer. I really appreciate the great work which has been done by Kath through The Tumaini Trust in our home village Mshiri. The Tumaini Trust has made a remarkable contribution in educating young boys and girls who would not have got the chance from our normal education system and am so happy to be one of them.

Our village is located at the foothill of Mount Kilimanjaro where pressure from human activities and climate change has reduced the natural forest cover and increased our vulnerability to climate change. Without serious interventions this could have long term impacts not only on the environment but also on the livelihood of the people in the area.

Through The Tumaini Trust, we have initiated a tree planting programme with a specific target of replanting trees in all sensitive area including the riparian and open areas around the Mountain and in the village. This has been done by selecting indigenous trees and non – indigenous species to some areas. I am part of this team. I use some of my free time to share my knowledge and experience on environmental issues with the villagers in this campaign.        

Through support from The Tumaini Trust, we are looking forward to ensuring our village remains green to improve the livelihood of our villagers.

Thank you. 

Anna Shao

Hello, I’m Anna.

Being a member of VEDG is very important to me. I love spending time with my friends and sharing ideas. The money that I earn from growing and planting the saplings helps me to buy things that Christian, my grandson, needs for school. Being a member of the Group makes me happy and I thank God for the support we receive from The Tumaini Trust.

Joyce Tarimo

Hello, I’m Joyce and I am the Chairperson for VEDG. We formed our Group in 2021 to help our environment. We were able to do this as we are supported financially by The Tumaini Trust in the UK. Our Group meets regularly, and we discuss what we are going to do, and we share ideas. I’m very happy to see my friends as our meetings are social occasions as well.

Huw Jenkins
FCCA, BSc (Hons)
Trustee and Fundraiser UK

Wema, Huw and Ombeni

Hi. I am an accountant, working for the BBC in Cardiff.
I also have many years’ experience working in the voluntary sector.
I have been very lucky to visit Tanzania on a number of occasions with Kath, and it is always a pleasure to return to Mshiri to see our friends – most recently in January 2022 – to see the fantastic work being done by the VEDG!
I am delighted to continue working with the Tumaini Trust in its support for sustainable development in Tanzania.

Nelson Mtui

Media Design Tanzania

Hello everyone! My name is Geofrey Nelson Mtui (Nelly GM) and I was one of Kath’s students in 2002. Kath later enabled me to get scholarships for high school and college through The Tumaini Trust. I am currently a Sound Engineer and Creativity specialist in various aids. I am very happy to be working with my colleagues in this tree planting project and to educate the community on the importance of caring for the environment, especially around Mount Kilimanjaro. My favourite things are music, swimming, travel and football.

Margaret Richards
BSc (Hons) Chemistry PGCE Chemistry
Trustee and Education Lead


Hello. I am a retired teacher living in Cardiff. I was born and educated in Ireland, spent some time working in the chemical industry, but have spent most of my life working as a teacher in Coventry and more recently in Cardiff.

I am delighted to be able to help support and promote The Tumaini Trust, particularly as it fosters both education and sustainable development, making a real difference in the lives of the people. It is a great example of realistic, achievable projects having the sort of impact that lasts.