The Mankon people subsist by farming their mountainous homeland or working as traders. Illiteracy and poverty trap the people in a powerless situation. In fact, nearly half of Cameroon’s 19 million people live below the poverty line. More than 600,000 live with HIV/AIDS, while many others die of diseases which would be easy to prevent. While Canadians dream of an early retirement, people in Cameroon can expect to live only fifty-odd years.
Unable to change their situation on their own, Mankon believers have expressed a desire to have the Bible in their own language. Over the next two years, ONEBOOK, through our national partner (Cameroon Association for Bible Translation and Literacy—CABTAL), will help to lay the foundation for a locally-led Bible translation project.