Our link is with the area of the parish
of Bereko which includes the town of Bereko and the neighbouring village Kikilo.
Bereko parish is in the north of the Kondoa Diocese and District and sits 4,000 up in the mountains on the east of the Rift Valley. It is a very beautiful area with Mount Babati in the distance.
The 2012 census tell us that the population of Bereko at that time was 7,226, with an average family size of 4.7. Kikilo's population was 9,318 with an average family size of 5.0. The photo on the top right shows Bereko which is spread out over the hill but it is still less sparse than Kikilo (bottom right), which covers wider area of some miles and so seems less densely populated, even though the statistics tell a different story.
The roads are unmade although the main Cape Town to Cairo road runs through the centre of Bereko and will very soon be tarmacked. Soon after this, electricity is expected to come to the town.
Being on the main road between Arusha and Dodoma and, more locally, Babati and Kondoa, Bereko has great potential to be a hub village for the area. It has two primary schools to educate its 1,600 young children. The second primary school is just opening and in 2016 provided education at Kindergarten, year 1 and year 2 level. As the children move on to higher levels, new classrooms are expected to be built and over time the school will grow to its full size.
Bereko also has a secondary school and the sub town council have been working with the government in the building of a new health centre facility. Other than this building which has only just been opened and is not yet fully used, there are two dispensaries in the town,. The government dispensary provides maternity care and the safina dispensary run by he local Roman Catholic Convent, the Little Sisters of Mercy, provides medical care.