Where We Work
We currently work in close to 100 villages within Arusha and Manyara Regions in Tanzania. The villages in which we work have a combined population of over 300,000 people. With over 120 tribes in Tanzania, including Maasai, Meru, and Chagga, these villages are extremely diverse. Some areas are scattered with traditional mud and straw Maasai bomas while others are densely populated with gated, cement houses.
When traveling around the villages, one can see virtually every type of landscape imaginable. From the arid and vast savannah of Mateves to the rolling, green hills of Leguruki, to the humid rainforests of Bangata, the variety seems endless. Despite differences in geography and populations, in every village people are eager to learn about HIV/AIDS, and people living with the virus are keen to access improved services.
In 2008, SIC expanded to Babati District in the Manyara Region. Babati is located about four hours southwest of Arusha town. The town features the tall and densely forested Mt. Kwaraa, and the serene Lake Babati. The cultural group in this area is primarily the Iraqw. Roads in the area are few and poorly maintained, but government officials and existing organizations have been very encouraging of SIC’s presence in the area.
Using lessons learned in Arusha, SIC will continue to expand to ensure that as many people as possible have access to high quality HIV services, such as HIV testing and counseling and the help of trained Community Health Workers.