Bereko straddles the Cape Town to Cairo Road which cuts through the Kondoa Diocese from north to south. Bereko is about 4,000ft up in the mountains, on the Rift Valley. The Bereko Parish includes the church family at Kikilo.
The Pastor and Rural Dean for the Bereko Deanery is Rev’d Richard Suki. His wife is Eva and they are blessed with five children: Esta, Jenifer, Imani, Grace and Sarah. Bereko is a largely Muslim community with a small Catholic convent and a small Anglican Church family. The 2011 census identified a population of 7,226 people (1,533 households) in Bereko and 9,318 people (1,878 households) in Kikilo.
The new church building, St Andrew’s Bereko was completed in 2010. A new house for the pastor was officially opened by Bishop James of Rochester in July 2013.
The Bishop of Rochester opening the new Pastor's House
Friends from St Andrew's Paddock Wood, United Kingdom
The parish of Bereko is linked with St Andrew’s Paddock Wood in the Rochester Diocese in the UK.
This tree of friendship between the parishes was planted in 2006 and is still flourishing. The link between St Andrew’s Bereko and St Andrew’s Paddock Wood has expanded over the years to include the Primary Schools and Secondary Schools in each community and in 2012 the Town Councils formally signed a Friendship Agreement at a Paddock Wood church service which included Bishop Given Gaula and the Deputy High Commissioner of Tanzania.
In Paddock Wood the Bereko Community Partnership has been established and further information is available on its website here: http://www.bereko.co.uk