The Catholic Archdiocese of Arusha
The Catholic Archdiocese of Arusha is situated in the Northern part of Tanzania. The Archdiocese of Arusha covers 6 districts. The districts in Arusha region are Arusha municipal, Arumeru, Monduli and Ngorongoro in Manyara region are Kiteto and Simajiro.
According to the 2013 statistics, Arusha region alone, the population is 2,552,853. The number of Catholics is approximately 500,000. The rest belongs to other Christian denominations and to non Christian religions, those who follow the traditional religion (traditionalists) and Muslims.
Arusha is the third largest town in Tanzania having a population of 282,712 inhabitants at the last census in 2002. Arusha is situated at the foot of Mount Meru and is an important centre of activity in Northern Tanzania. The International Conference Centre, the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda, tourism, business connections and industrial activities attract many people from various backgrounds and tribes to the area. Some areas in the town are very overcrowded, with poor living conditions, housing and sanitation. Several projects are targeted towards street dwellers, street children and orphans.
The surrounding volcanic areas and savannas are inhabited by Maasai speaking non-Bantu population, with a dominantly pastoralist lifestyle. The main source of wealth and income derives from cattle. Some agriculture has been introduced recently.