Koli (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


Population
38,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Koli people of Pakistan speak a Sindhi language. There are several Koli subgroups. Most Koli people live in northern India, and adhere to Hinduism.


Where Are they Located?

The Kolis live in Pakistan's Sindh Province and many of India's northern states. Kolis in Pakistan are concentrated in the Thar Desert, east of the Indus River. Most of the Thar Desert is in India, and it forms a natural boundary between these two hostile nations. It is one of the world's largest desert regions.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Life is hard for the Thar people, especially the women who must collect firewood and water each day. Most of the available information about the Koli peoples is about those in India.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Koli people in Pakistan are almost all Sunni Muslims. They believe that their salvation is based on their obedience to the teachings of the Qur'an, not on the death of Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

The Koli peoples do not have adequate drinking water. Every day the women have to collect water and firewood from a distant source. Christians can help them with these needs by helping with well projects. The Koli people need to hear that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world, and there is no other. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves.


Prayer Points

* Pray for a team of knowledgeable believers to help the Koli people build and maintain wells in their desert homeland.
* Pray for the Koli people to have easy access to the many Christian resources that are available to them in the Sindhi language.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement to begin among the Koli people and spread to other Muslim peoples in Pakistan.


References

http://www.dawn.com/news/1102038
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koli_people
http://kcm.co.kr/bethany_eng/clusters/8081.html
http://www.prayway.com/unreached/clusters/8081.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thar_Desert


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-08
People Name General Koli (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Koli (Hindu traditions)
Population in Pakistan 38,000
World Population 14,116,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Bunkar, Buntar, Chamar-Julaha, Dhimar, Kabaria Dagi, Kaperdia, Kapre, Kili, Koda, Koli of Gujarat, Koli Patel, Kora, Koral, Kori, Koria, Kuli, Macchi Koli, Machhi Koli, Machikoli, Mahar-Kili, Malhar, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, Tantubais, Taru, कोली
People ID 17247
ROP3 Code 112615
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Sindh
(37,000)
Punjab
(300)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Sindh (37,000)
  Punjab (300)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Koli, Parkari (11,000 speakers)
Language Code kvx   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Sindhi
(11,000)
Saraiki
(3,400)
Kacchi
(3,200)
Koli, Kachi
(2,200)
Dhatki
(1,700)
Koli, Wadiyara
(1,300)
Gurgula
(500)
Bagri
(100)
Marwari
(100)
Punjabi, Western
(100)
People Groups Speaking Koli, Parkari
Primary Language Koli, Parkari (11,000 speakers)
Language Code kvx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Sindhi (11,000)
  Saraiki (3,400)
  Kacchi (3,200)
  Koli, Kachi (2,200)
  Dhatki (1,700)
  Koli, Wadiyara (1,300)
  Gurgula (500)
  Bagri (100)
  Marwari (100)
  Punjabi, Western (100)
People Groups Speaking Koli, Parkari

Primary Language:  Koli, Parkari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1996)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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