LimbaLiteracy and Scripture Engagement

As Bible reading becomes a habit for Limba speakers, you can fund facilitator training, strengthening current classes and launching new ones.

Scripture Engagement


  • Sierra Leone


  • West Africa

Language Population


Literacy is A Need for Limba Communities

The translation of the New Testament into Limba allowed literate pastors to preach in their native language. Local church leaders recognize, if people are to engage with the Word of God, there’s a greater need for literacy in their communities. So far, over 35 literacy classes have been established within the Tonko and Sella Limba Chiefdoms. 

Class participants testify how the program has contributed to changing their physical and spiritual lives. One gentleman noted that he has gone from being “a common man to a notable man” in society. Literacy and Scripture engagement programs are a critical component of bringing hope, life, and transformation to the region.

Empowering Local Leaders

We believe that every community should have the opportunity to read the Bible in the language they understand best, led by people they trust and respect. Your financial gifts and prayers equip leaders in Sierra Leone to increase literacy among and bring God’s Word to the Limba-speaking community of West Africa.

Program Goals

  1. Workshops to train volunteers to facilitate 20 new literacy classes and continue with 22 current classes.
  2. Print literacy materials for both new and current classes: 250 copies of Pre-Primer, 300 Primer three, 200 copies of Limba farming calendars, 300 Primer two, 150 teacher guides, 350 class registers, and 150 test copies of edited children material.
  3. Supervise current and new literacy classes on correct teaching methodology, supply teaching and learning materials, collect class registers, discuss literacy challenges, and give advice.
  4. Compile materials for and conduct a translation and reviewers workshop.

Limba Literacy and Scripture Engagement Program Plan

Step 1

Equip ongoing and new literacy class facilitators through in-depth training.

Step 2

Print and distribute a wide variety of educational materials for students.

Step 3

Supervise and support all classes, refining and enhancing the experience.

Meet the Local Team

Partner Organizations

Honoring the Language

The Limba people are the third largest ethnic group in Sierra Leone.

The Limba are believed to be the earliest indigenous people of Sierra Leone.

The Limba speak various dialects of a language largely unrelated to other tribal languages in the country.

Dialects include Tonko, Sela, Kamuke (or Ke), Wara-wara, Keleng, Biriwa, and Safroko.

Program Progress

The 20 old classes were supervised and the facilitators were encouraged to use the correct primer teaching methodology. The four new classes were seen and were supplied with chalk and primer textbooks. Four blackboards were also supplied to them, one for each class. 

Bible reading has become a very interesting habitual practice in the Limba Literacy Project. There are still eight centers and each group is increasing in attendance. They are using these groups to promote the quality and fluency in reading the Limba Bible.

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