Kamukuio Cluster

Languages: Humbe, Kuvale and Kwandu
People Groups: Humbe, Kuvale and Kwandu
People Group Size: 196,000
Location: Angola
Lifestyle: livestock and small-scale cultivation

Translation Time-frame: To start in 2022
Completed in Phase 1,2 & 3: 235 stories from the Old and New Testament, across all three languages.
Translation Phase: 4 (pending)
Translation Goals: Oral Bible translation of Genesis, Luke, Acts and Hebrews
Source Languages: Portuguese
Managing Partners: Wycliffe SA / IESA

The Kamukuio translation serves 3 language groups, all accessible from Kamukuio town in the southwest of Angola. Some live further south, and others live up on a nearby mountain. These groups live on ancestral land, although recent migrations and relocations have occurred due to the civil war. They rely on livestock and small-scale cultivation to make a living, and are a traditionally oral people with around 95% practicing African traditional religion.

Although the Kwandu and Humbe have been exposed to the Gospel, the Kuvale people have almost no believers or churches. Other major obstacles include poverty and identity confusion among the language groups. This causes some ethnic groups to totally avoid each other, even in the church. Despite these tensions, young Christians are showing a greater openness to interacting with fellow Christians of different ethnic groups. Access to oral Bible stories in their heart languages is becoming a catalyst to greater harmony and unity among the diverse language groups in the Kamukuio area.

Phase 3 of the translation was concluded in 2021, and despite the logistical challenges pertaining to the management of this project, the team succeeded in meeting the goals they had set for this phase. They are now getting ready to transition to phase 4 of translation.


  • Renewed trust and good relationships among all partners involved in the project.
  • Wisdom in improving efficiency and excellence in how the project is managed. 
  • Funds to start and complete the new phase of the project, and for the communities to receive with open hearts all completed Scripture.

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