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AAIDRO is a non-profit organization entrusted with empowering the marginalized and promoting sustainable development among the communities in Archdiocese of Arusha. AAIDRO implements development activities in seven districts of Arusha and Manyara regions. These are Arumeru, Arusha, Kiteto, Longido, Monduli, Ngorongoro and Simanjiro.


The office is located in the heart of Arusha City, behind Arusha Central Police post, Next to Naura Primary School, sharing a campus with popular St. Theresa Cathedral.


Our Vision:

Spiritual, mentally and physically developed human beings.


Our Mission:

To facilitate, coordinate, promote, advocate and collaborate holistic development processes for the people of good will to enable them to meet or address their needs in a sustainable way.


Our Goals:

  • Improving livelihood security, disaster management and assets of the community in AAIDRO’s area of operation

  • Reducing HIV/AIDS prevalence and improving the status of infected and affected people in AAIDRO’s working areas

  • Improving the standard of living of the people by promoting socio-economic development

  • Promoting gender equality in the organization’s area of intervention

  • Improving the organizational/institutional capacity of AAIDRO

  • Promoting the common goal for spiritual and development welfare of all within the Catholic Archdiocese of Arusha


Our Values:

  • Righteousness

  • Love

  • Integrity

  • Respect

  • Transparency

  • Diligence

  • Commitment

  • Accountability and

  • Team spirit

  • Honesty


Our Key Roles:

The Key role of AAIDRO is to facilitate development interventions focusing the most needy through:

  • Provision of sustainable formal and informal education to all levels the emphasis  being on the technology and self-reliance

  • Establishment, strengthening and development of sustainable

     preventive and curative health services

  • Coordination of community-based initiatives towards poverty

     alleviation focusing on marginalized groups and communities

  • Coordination of processes to minimize catastrophes, provide relief

     services and supply of water to the needy

  • Establish, strengthen and maintain the communication, links,

    relationships and networking with other stakeholders within and

    outside the country

  • Facilitation of reliable access to livelihood security to the marginalized communities.


Background Information

The development office of the Diocese of Arusha was initially established in the year 1984 after the severe food crisis in the diocese. The office was then named ADDO. Which stood for Arusha Diocesan Development Office. Ever since ADDO has implemented development projects through support from various donors and partners.


In August 2000 ADDO underwent transformation and AAIDRO was officially established after the Archdiocesan synod which resolved among other things to strengthen the development endeavor.

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