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The unreached Datooga live in Central Tanzania, with their homeland near Mount Hanang - a mountain which plays an important role in their songs and myths.

Who are the Datooga?

The Datooga are an unreached people group of Central Tanzania. Although scattered throughout this region, their homeland seems to be centred near Mount Hanang, which they consider sacred and which plays an important role in their songs and myths. The Datooga are a large group of former nomads, who have now settled as farmers. Many keep animals, mainly cattle, but also goats, sheep, donkeys and chicken. They are proud of their culture and see no reason to change. Few children go to school and most Datooga neither read nor write.


What do they believe?

The Datooga are animists, respecting and fearing their ancestors. They communicate with them through spirits, so witchcraft and sorcery are cultural norms. They believe in a distant creator named ‘Aseeta’ who has twin sons who they expect to come to rule and judge the world some day. They have many rituals, including worshipping at a special tree and going to the mountains to call on their ancestors.

What is being done to reach them?

In 2006 a TIMO team served among the Datooga and saw some Datooga believe, and even some go to Bible school. Pray these would be strong in the Lord and anointed evangelists. Simon & Sue French are working among them, discipling Datooga believers through Bible teaching and seminars. They are also working on translating Bible stories and sharing them with those who have yet to hear the gospel.

Prayer Resources


If you are organising a prayer meeting or just looking for material to help you pray with more insight for some of Africa’s unreached people, why not download a printable Prayer sheet on the Datooga of Tanzania


Latest prayer updates…

Below are some of the latest prayer updates on the Datooga of Tanzania.

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  • Why serve on a team? - Simon and Sue French look back on their experiences serving on a TIMO team from 2005 until 2007 among the Datooga in Tanzania. After the team ended, they stayed in Tanzania to serve the new churches until 2018. They tell us what the benefits of serving on a multi-cultural team.
  • What’s it like for children to move to Africa? - Thirteen years ago, Jasmine French’s life changed drastically when she and her family moved from the UK to Tanzania to work among the unreached Datooga.
  • How are we reaching the Datooga? - Simon & Sue French have been serving in Tanzania among the Datooga people for 13 years, sharing the gospel and equipping Datooga evangelists to reach out to their own communities. They share how Bible storying projects are reaching those who are unreached with the good news.
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