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Feb 11, 2019

Literacy teacher reads books to happy fishermen

Written by SIL Tanzania Communications

Local community hungry for books in their language


Maleza, Tanzania, March 2018 — Dafrosa was on her way to teach in the Bungu language area. Dafrosa is the SIL Literacy / Scripture Engagement team member for the Bungu project. As the motorbike, driven by the Language Area Officer, neared the village, a man stopped them.

bungu_fishermen02 Bungu speakers working as fishermen on Lake Rukwa,
near Maleza village. (photo: Philemon Mwilonga)

"Do you have books?" he asked. "The fishermen need some. They asked me to tell you when I see you."

When Dafrosa and the officer arrived at the lake, they met a crowd who welcomed them. "Have you brought us books?" they asked. Everyone pressed around the motorbike to look at the Bungu language books and calendars Dafrosa had brought with her. Several bought copies for themselves.

"Please read to us," said one young man, holding out his new copy of the book of Ruth. Another held out his new calendar, still another the book of Jonah. "I will read all of them," Dafrosa promised.

She began with the calendar. "Read the Bible verses," said that one, "that's what I want." When she had finished, he asked her to read them again. But his friends protested. "She should also read for us!" So the Language Area Officer read for them the book of Ruth.

"They were all excited," Dafrosa remembered, "to see that their Bungu language has been put in writing. And of course they were very happy to get those books and calendars for themselves."

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