South Pacific: Building Translation Capacity


This project will build new headquarters for Bible Translation work in Vanuatu and relocate the Bible Society South Pacific (BSSP) Translation team there. Capacity Building training for project management will also take place there. 

In an ever-changing and challenging post-pandemic world, the Bible Society of the South Pacific must adapt, evolve and restructure to ensure sustainability, continuity, and productivity – especially with its Bible Translation work. The translation of Bibles into 16 major languages within Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Samoa are the major needs that will be met by this project. Currently, there are major project coordination issues and relational strain caused by cost, distance, and isolation. 

There is a great need for BSSP to restructure, to ensure sustainability, continuity, and productivity, especially with its Bible Translation work. 


  • 16 island nations, 16 major languages 
  • 2.8 million people 
  • 1.7million earn minimum wage or live below the poverty line 
  • Only 30-60% adults are literate 

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