Tanzania was formally under EAST OF RIFT VALLEY REGION (E.O. R.V.R) in Kenya.
The Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi started working in Tanzania since 1991, when St. Clare Convent, in Chanjale, Mwanga District, and Kilimanjaro Region was officially opened.
Due to far distance between Kenya and Tanzania, the General Chapter of August 2010, decided that Tanzania becomes a Region, so as to bring services nearer to the sisters.
Therefore, last year, Tanzania was officially declared a Region on the 14th December, 2013. The name chosen by the Sisters is NORTH EASTERN REGION TANZANIA, which comprises of Arusha Archdiocese and Same Diocese in Kilimanjaro Region.
So far we are only working in two Dioceses in Tanzania, though we have a plan of extending further to other Diocese as time goes on. The sisters working in this part of the Region are only Thirty eight (38) in Number.
TYPES OF APOSTOLATES.
The Little Sisters here in Tanzania are involved in different types on apostolate such as:
- Secretarial work
- Matrons in Schools
- Social work
NUMBER OF INSTITUTIONS.
SAME DIOCESE KILIMANJARO REGION.
- a) The institutions that belong to the Little Sisters are as follows:
- Mama Kevina Hope Centre – Stelingi
- Mother Kevin English Medium Primary school- Chambogo
- Mother Kevin English Medium Kindergarten / Nussery School- Chambogo
- St Clare Girls` Secondary School –Ijinyu Kamadufa Village.
- b) Diocesan institutions.
- Kandoto Secondary School – Same Town
- Chanjale Seminary – Chanjale Parish Mwanga District.
- St. Teresa of Calcutta Girls` Secondary School – Same Majevu Village.
ARUSHA ARCHDIOCESE, ARUSHA REGION.
- i) Little Sisters owned Institutions:
- Mama Kevina Feeding Program- Kijenge Parish.
- Padre Pio Nursery School_ Njiro Parish
- ii) Church owned Institutions:
- Aaidro Education office – Arusha Archdiocese.
- Aaidro Pre- School Program – Arusha Archdiocese.
- St. John Paul II Formation Centre – Kisongo Arusha Municipals
North East Region – Tanzania was inaugurated in December 2013. Initially it belonged to East of the Rift Valley Region which covered Nakuru, Nairobi, Embu, Meru, Kitui and Machakos Dioceses in Kenya and Arusha and Same Dioceses in Tanzania. The young Region now covers the two Dioceses of Tanzania and it has about 35 Sisters. The current Regional Superior is Sr. Regina Namagheri.
The Sisters in the Region teach in the schools and others are involved in administration work within the two Dioceses. One of the Institute’s Formation Houses is located in the Region.