The Bible Society of Kenya (BSK) has a mandate of availing scriptures to people in different languages. In a bid to reach adults with literacy skills, BSK is conducting literacy projects among the Maasai, Turkana, and Pokot communities.
The Maasai, Turkana and Pokot communities have Bibles in their local languages. A large percentage of them are not able to read. BSK is uplifting the literacy levels in these communities through producing materials that will ensure learners are equipped with literacy skills. We have also reached primary schools with easy reading bible literacy portions called New Readers Portions.
Through these projects, over 1000 learners have graduated since 2010 and are now equipped with skills to read, write and do transactions. Despite drought and migration in these areas the people who have gone through these classes have recorded great transformation in their lives.
I joined the adult class in 2013. “I was encouraged by a local pastor to join the adult class. Initially I used to rely on
listening to proclaimers and other preachers to build my evangelism messages. Though not fluent in reading, I cannow read bible verses in Maasai language. Before joining the class, I was a full time herdsman but I am now able to trade and manage my animals properly. Adult learning has helped me in evangelism since even those who disregarded me as uneducated now respect me when I speak to them about the word of God.” Joshua, African Inland Church evangelist
I joined the adult class in 2011 after being encouraged by my sister in-law. I am a second wife and a mother of four boys and three girls. Prior joining the class I couldn’t write my name nor do simple addition arithmetic. I am now able to write my name and comfortably read a bible verse in Maasai. My aim for joining the class was that I could read the Bible for myself and now I am able to. I am also able to check my lower primary children’s homework. When my relatives go to hospital, they always trust me to check the doctor’s comments because they now consider me educated. I am so happy to receive such recognition from my relatives. Thank you Bible Society of Kenya for empowering me with such great knowledge” Elizabeth Likana.
We thank our donors for their continued support towards these projects. We will continue to conduct these classes so that many people may get empowered as well as learn the God in their own language.