Language: Thimbukushu
People Group: Hambukushu
People Group Size: 60,000 (approximate estimate)
Location: Botswana & Namibia
Lifestyle: Farming and fishing

Translation Time-frame: To be confirmed
Completed in Phases 1 & 2 : 43 Old Testament stories were recorded, transcribed and distributed, and a written translation of the book of Genesis was completed.
Translation Phase: 3 (pending)
Translation Goals: TBC
Source Languages: Thimbukushu, Setswana and English
Managing Partners: Bible Society of Namibia, Bible Society of Botswana


Map Hambukushu

“We come from a tough life, but since I got closer to the Word of God, things started to change!” These are the words of Paulus Chapi, project manager for the Hambukushu Bible translation. The Hambukushu are a cross border group of about 60,000 people that reside in northern Namibia and now also in Botswana after being displaced there due to war. They are primarily an oral people.

After several years of making plans and dreaming about what a Bible translation could look like for their people, the oral translation work finally got going in early 2018.

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