The Sabaot people live on or near the slopes of Mt. Elgon in Bungoma County. From an altitude of 5,000 feet the hills gradually rise to 14,000 feet, crisscrossed by numerous mountain streams and spectacular waterfalls. An extinct volcano, Mt. Elgon is about 50 miles in diameter. The border between Kenya and Uganda goes straight through the mountain top, cutting the Sabaot homeland into two halves.
According to the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census, the Sabaot are about 240, 886. Drastic changes of lifestyle among the Sabaot has occurred in recent years. They used to herd cattle but are now forced to plant maize and vegetables due to scarcity of land. The Sabaot are proud of their cultural heritage but at the same time they are trying to adapt to the new ways of life such as taking their children to school.
The Sabaot project was started in 1981 and in 1997 the New Testament was completed. Fifteen years later, on 10th June 2012, the Sabaot complete Bible was dedicated at Kapsakwony, Mt. Elgon making it the first BTL project to have a complete Bible.
Bible Translation & Literacy is a Christian organization that was established in 1981 to facilitate Bible translation.