Swahili Bible Project
In the region of East Africa which covers countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and others, there are approximately 150 million who speak and read Swahili. While many in these regions are multilingual, meaning people speak English, Swahili, and a mother tongue, in written form, reading comprehension of Swahili exceeds English.
Swahili Bible translations do exist, mostly as digital or downloadable e-books. However, this option is not viable in areas with low smartphone use (many ebooks are not downloadable on the majority of phones in use in these areas), even if there is internet availability. Print options can be rather expensive. A missionary heading to Kenya from the US could pay $80 to $200 for a single print copy to bring with them.
The Swahili Bible Project is designed to create an affordable Swahili Bible intended for outreach evangelism and missions. We will create a lightweight paperback New Testament version specifically for economic reasons so that it can be readily distributed as part of church ministry and evangelism.
We believe that by making the Swahili New Testament affordable to Swahili speakers, we will open the doors to the knowledge of Christ and salvation through faith and repentance. Help us bring this to reality with your support.
Project Current Status:
To date, the translation work is 99% percent. Funds are needed to continue the layout, formatting, and design work to bring to production. The expectation with support is to have the product available by Spring of 2017.
We would like to thank PME Media of Kenya for the video soundtrack.
All images, text, and music that is included in the Swahili Bible Project promotional video is by permission and carries certain copyrights.
 N., Karanja, Peter (2012). "Kiswahili Dialects Endangered: The Case of Kiamu and Kimvita". International Journal of Humanities and Social Science: 95–117.
 “We found that reading comprehension percentage scores were higher in Kiswahili than in English,” http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9817.12052/pdf