Datoga TaturuBible Translation

Bring God’s Word to the Datoga Taturu of Tanzania as they seek hope and new horizons through Scripture amidst changing landscapes and lives.

Bible Translation


  • Tanzania


  • East Africa

Language Population


New purpose through Bible translation & The Church

The Datoga Taturu live deep in the Serengeti. For years, they traversed the region grazing their sheep. Increased conservation efforts now protect the delicate ecosystem, which also restricts the Datoga Taturu from utilizing much of their historic grazing areas.

The South East of Lake Victoria Diocese (SELVD) sees Datoga Taturu and the difficulty they face–very real and complex societal challenges. As they lose their traditional way of life, the Datoga must find new purpose. They need education, health resources, Bible translation, language development, and new ways to make a living.

The SELVD vision is to help the Datoga Taturu in body, mind, and spirit. Right now, a small group of Christians is dreaming and working to see their people flourish in every way. They carry hope in Christ that helps them imagine another way.

Scripture is more than words – it brings hope, life, and transformation. Caring for physical needs creates pathways to share Scripture. Lutheran Bible Translators will work closely with the church to link Bible translation to ministry efforts.

Empower Local Translators

We believe that every community should have the chance to read the Bible in the language they know best, led by people they trust and respect. Your financial gifts and prayers enable us to help leaders in Tanzania translate the Bible for the Datoga Taturu.

Program Goals

  1. Complete Logos and Paratext training for the entire team.
  2. Complete basic computer course for translators as well as basic English course.

Datoga Taturu Bible Translation Program Plan

Step 1

Provide software training for translation team.

Step 2

Provide a basic English course to bring clarity to consultant correspondence.

Step 3

Embark on the early stages of Bible translation.

Meet the Local Team

Partner Organizations

Honoring the Language

The Datoga Taturu population is scattered across five regions: Shinyanga, Arusha, Manyara (Mwanza), Singida, and Mara. The Serengeti National Park was traditionally part of their grazing area, but access has become more restricted since it became a national park.

Traditionally, the Datoga Taturu roamed throughout East Africa, herding animals such as sheep, goats, and cattle. They have been on the margins, not having access to educational opportunities or healthcare, which limits the choices they have for making a living. 

There are very few Christians among the Taturu, but in Tanzania, it is acceptable to be a Christian and there are many churches.

Program Progress

  • Meetings with different church and community leaders have been held to create community awareness of the project.
  • Workshops held for selected team members.

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