Gourma in Niger

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Introduction / History

The eastern sixth of Burkina Faso is an area generally characterized by heat and dryness. This is home for the Gourmancheba, Burkina Faso's third largest ethnic group. Major Gourmancheba populations are also found in Niger and Togo, and smaller groups in Benin. The physical climate of the region poses great challenges. The lack of adequate water is a stark reality for most Gourmancheba. Some aid organizations have drilled small, deep, bore wells in a few villages. But some women must walk as much as 5 kilometers for water from a dam or a small dug well, sources which are known to dry up before the rainy season begins. In general, the southern regions do not receive enough rainfall to grow surplus crops.

Education poses another great challenge for the Gourmancheba. They have one of the lowest enrollment rates in Burkina Faso. Yet there is hope as almost one half of the primary schools in the area have opened since 1980. Furthermore, there has been a growing interest in learning to read and write in their own language, largely through the efforts of a professor from the University of Ouagadougou. There is a great interest in using literacy to help meet practical needs. Publications in their own language include health pamphlets and a monthly newspaper.

SIM International has been at work in the area since 1930. They have a history of combining evangelization with physical ministries like health care. They have translated the New Testament, along with some commentaries. Literacy is taught in each church, where the publications are also sold. Old Testament translation is being done by nationals, with UBS supervision. Today there are over 40,000 Christians and churches of many denominations. The people as a whole, however, remain strongly tied to traditional practices including sun worship, and sacrifices to the spirits. Many Gourmancheba syncretize their traditional religion with Islam, believing in a powerful God who has no time for individuals.

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Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Gourma
People Name in Country Gourma
Population this Country 77,000
Population all Countries 1,602,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Bigulimanceba; Gourmance; Gourmancheba; Gourmantche; Gulmachema; Migulimancema
People ID 12004
ROP3 Code 103587
Country Niger
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Tillabéri region: Say department, Burkina Faso border, south of Niamey.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Niger
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Tillabéri region: Say department, Burkina Faso border, south of Niamey..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Gourmanchema (77,000 speakers)
Language Code gux   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Gourmanchema (77,000 speakers)
Language Code gux   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gourmanchema

Primary Language:  Gourmanchema

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1947-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1958-1990)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2003-2005)
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings StoryRunners Oral Bible Stories
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gourmanchema
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 7.00 %)
30.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
60.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
35.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
10.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Profile Source Anonymous  
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