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Simanjiro – Emboret Catholic Mission is situated to the south east of the Archdiocese of Arusha along Simanjiro plains bordering Tharangire National Game Reserve. This mission is one of the oldest parishes in the Archdiocese of Arusha and it was set up in the early 1950s. Initially the Parish covered the entire civil and administrative district of Simanjiro situated in Arusha Region in the northern part of Tanzania. Currently, due to administrative changes Simanjiro – Emboret Mission falls under the new Manyara Region, which was created early in the year 2002.

The entire parish covers an area of about 4900 kms2 and is situated to the South West of Arusha town 120km along the Arusha – Kiteto road. The area has a total population of about 96,000 and a majority of them are Roman Catholics. 90% of the population are Maasai by tribe and nomad- pastoralists by occupation. The entire area of Simanjiro plains has a grassland savannah type of climate with a lot of wild life as well as domestic animals grazing side by side.

Since its foundation in 1950s, Simanjiro Catholic Mission has striven to promote Christian faith through evangelisation and Integral human development, through establishment of hospital, schools and water projects. Currently, the entire Parish community covers more than 19 villages or outstations and on the one side furthest is Komolo about 60kms east of the main station and the furthest on the other side Kimotorok approximately 78km South of the main station.

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About this publication

Written by Nuala King on behalf of the Partnership

Published by Athenry Simanjiro Partnership

Published here 27 Sep 2023 and originally published 2021

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