Sanye in Kenya

Joshua Project has identified the Sanye only in Kenya





Largest Religion

Main Language



The Sanye live in the forests of Kenya along the Tana river, Lamu District. They practice a mixture of Islam and animism, and have a low literacy rate.

Ministry Obstacles

Reliance on printed material to reach the Sanye may not be helpful, given the low literacy rate.

Outreach Ideas

The low literacy rate suggests that oral communication of the Gospel message may be most appropriate. Gospel recordings, films, and Scripture stories could be very effective. The mixture of Islam and animism in their belief system may indicate less dogmatism than might otherwise be true.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the few believers among the Sanye, that they may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way, bearing fruit in every good work, and growing in the knowledge of God.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Sanye may soon have improved educational opportunities for their children. Also pray that each individual in the tribe may hear the Gospel message in his mother tongue and presented in an understandable manner.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-01-19
People Name General Sanye
People Name in Country Sanye
Population in Kenya 14,000
World Population 14,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ariangulu, Watha
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Khoisan
People Name General Sanye
Ethnic Code BYG11b
People ID 14753
Country Kenya
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Coast Province, Lamu District, Tana River lower parts.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Waata (14,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Waata 14,000
For Primary Language: Waata

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
25.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
65.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Photo Source: Jeff Nelson  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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