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Deaf in Tanzania


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
579,000 Tanzanian Sign Language Christianity 54.07 % Unknown No   

Deaf in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
Tanzania Deaf Community has about 324,000 people scattered in 31 regions of a country of 44 million. According to 2005 estimates by the World Health Organization, 278 million people worldwide have moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears. 80% of Deaf and hearing-impaired people live in low- and middle-income countries.

In adults, hearing impairment and deaf ness often make it difficult to obtain, perform, and keep employment. Both children and adults may suffer from social stigmatization and isolation as a result of hearing impairment. Many hearing people tend to think the Deaf are not very intelligent because of the communication barriers, as well as the speech patterns Deaf exhibit. Many Deaf people feel hearing people oppress them and purposely withhold information from them.

Less than 1/2 of 1% are Christians. Hearing Sunday School teachers and pastors, like hearing parents, are not able to communicate truth or their beliefs to Deaf children. Many Deaf say they learn a lot of the "rules of life" by watching the action on TV or in movies. The Deaf value "information" above almost everything. Tanzanians have portions (stories) of a signed language Bible.

The first portions of Tanzania Sign Language Bible on DVD were dedicated on November 19, 2011. One story was chosen and shown on a projector screen. The Deaf didn't want to take time to eat, but wanted to see story after story. TBC, the national television station, showed a clip of the dedication on TV for two days. Tanzania Sign Language Bible Society (TSLBS) also have materials and continue to give the Deaf the good news.

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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
ROP3 Code: 114916
Joshua Project People ID: 19007
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 579,000
Population all Countries: 46,968,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Tanzanian Sign Language (579,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tza    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity54.07 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions12.97 % 
Hinduism0.90 % 
Islam31.20 % 
Non-Religious0.40 % 
Other / Small0.46 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
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Bible Portions: 2011–2014
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Text / Printed MatterDoor International
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Deaf in Tanzania

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    Deaf     Africa, East and Southern    
      Deaf Tanzania    
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            Deaf in Tanzania          
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      Christianity     Tanzanian Sign Language  
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