CPAR has been working in Tanzania since 2003. There are about 130 tribes in Tanzania that have been categorized into five different ethnic groups, with about 95 per cent of Tanzanians classified as Bantu. Most Tanzanians speak variations of Bantu languages and dialects, but Swahili (or Kiswahili) is the country’s official language.
Except for the islands and a coastal strip, a plateau makes up the greater part of the country. Tanzania is a very mountainous country and is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
Tanzania’s major concerns include food insecurity resulting from poverty as well as environmental issues such as deforestation, desertification and soil erosion. High rates of maternal death and HIV/AIDS are major public health concerns. The water in this region is both scarce and contaminated. This problem, coupled with substandard hygiene practices among the populace, has led to the spread of waterborne diseases, including outbreaks of cholera.
CPAR currently operates out of Arusha Town where staff – all Tanzanian nationals – are implementing projects related to maternal, newborn and child health, food security, improving livelihoods, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene and environmental rehabilitation.
Meet Our Staff From the Arusha Office
Michael Kambele, Finance Officer
Michael enjoys helping others and collaborating with his colleagues in order to make this a possibility. In his free time, he enjoys trekking Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, as well as spending time with his children. He recommends the Ngorongoro Crater to anyone who visits Tanzania, as it is considered to be one of the world’s most astonishing natural wonders.
Innocent Leoni Mlay, Project Officer
Innocent’s favourite part of his job is the ability to help families and local communities become healthier through the implementation of CPAR projects. He also enjoys helping these families and communities grow economically. When not at work, Innocent enjoys spending time with his family and working in his maize field.
Sifuel J. Akyoo, Project Officer
Sifuel loves to see positive change in the communities he works in, especially hearing testimonies of how the projects he’s helped implement has affected the people. When working on these projects, his motto is “start with what they have”. This reminds him to appreciate the efforts currently being shown and to keep note of it when implementing projects. If you ever visit Tanzania, Sifuel recommends visiting the Maasai tribe of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The conservation area is breathtaking and filled with the most amazing animals.