Mbugwe people pic Mbugwe village scene. (north-central Tanzania)

The Mbugwe people live in north-central Tanzania, in the area south of Lake Manyara.

The area borders Tarangire national park and the Sangaiwe hills on the East and the rift valley wall to the west, with a main road running through the middle of the language area from north to south.

Visit the following pages for more information:

  1. About the Mbugwe people - General information about the Mbugwe people.
  2. Mbugwe Language Project - Meet the translation team.



Jan 4, 2017

First Scriptures: God Speaks Mbugwe!

Written by Kenny G

On a cool morning in central Tanzania, the large crowd formed a parade, dancing and singing. A few among them carried a large box. When it was opened, the crowd surged forward. They were hungry to claim what arrived in that box: the books of Jonah and Ruth, the first scriptures to be translated into Mbugwe. “Please be patient,” leaders asked. “First, we have more celebrating to do!”

Jun 20, 2016

Young translation project gains momentum!

Written by Kenny G

Constantine and Emmanuel, Mbugwe translators, were left without a translation advisor when staff had to leave Dodoma. Recent help brings their vision to publish books nearer to reality...

Jan 13, 2015

Mbugwe Scripture heard for the first time

Written by Dan J.

In September 2014, after nearly a year and a half of drafting, revising, and checking, the translated drafts of Mbugwe Jonah and Ruth were ready for comprehension testing in the community.

Aug 1, 2014

First Publication in Mbugwe language.

Written by Margaret B.


This year we have been able to publish the very first publication in the Mbugwe language. Our two Mbugwe translators have been busy drafting and checking a calendar for 2014. It is intentionally very simple, using a key letter, a key word and a related culturally appropriate illustration. The aim is to raise awareness of the project, and to encourage people to talk about their language and in this way to increase their understanding of how their language works and how it can be written.



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