Swahili Vision International Association (SVIA)

The SVIA is a registered not for profit organization under The British Columbia Societies Act
with purpose to promote Swahili Language, Culture and Arts.
All individuals interested in the Swahili Heritage are welcome to apply and join.


SVIA is empowering and unifying all individuals interested in Swahili Heritage through The
Swahili Language, Cultures, Arts, Functions and Music programs.
SVIA programs will include but not limited to:

– Swahili Day
– Swahili Exhibition
– Swahili Institute
– Arts Together for Seniors.
– Women Empowering
– Youth Engagement

Our Goal

A) To work in collaboration with community agencies and other NGOs in order to serve
better all individuals interested in Swahili heritage.
B) To generate incomes activities for artists, poets and musicians with the purposes to
uplifting them
C) To establish a Swahili Community Centre.

Who We Are

The SVIA is a registered not for profit organization under The British Columbian Society Act with purpose to promote Swahili Language, Culture and Arts.

All individuals interested in the Swahili Heritage are welcome to apply and join.

About Kiswahili/Swahili
Swahili has become a second language spoken by tens of millions in three African Great Lakes countries (Tanzania, Kenya, and the DRC) where it is an official or national language. It is the only African language in theAfrican Union. In 2016, Swahili was made a compulsory subject in all Kenyan schools. [22] Swahili and closely related languages are spoken by relatively small numbers of people in Burundi, Comoros, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda. [23] The language was still understood in the southern ports of theRed Sea and along the coasts of southern Arabia and thePersian Gulf in the 20th century. [24][25] Some 80 percent of approximately 49 million Tanzanians speak Swahili in addition to their first languages. [26] The five eastern provinces of the DRC are Swahili-speaking. Nearly half the 66 million Congolese reportedly speak it. [27] Swahili speakers may number 120 to 150 million in total. [28] – According to
Where is Swahili Spoken?

Swahili is the mother tongue of the Waswahili people who inhabit 1500 km strip in the East African Coast. It is the official and national language of both Kenya and Tanzania. Recently, Uganda has put measures in place to promote its official use as has its immediate neighbors. Swahili is one of the four national languages of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). Other countries where Swahili is widely used include Rwanda, Burundi, some parts of Somalia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, and the Comoro Islands. Swahili is also used as a Lingua Franca for Eastern Africa and the neighboring countries.

International Presence

Swahili is the most widely spoken language of eastern Africa and many world institutions have responded to its diaspora. It is one of the languages that feature in some world radio stations such as, the BBC, Radio Cairo (Egypt), the Voice of America (U.S.A.), Radio Deutschewelle (Germany), Radio Moscow International (Russia), Radio Japan International, Radio China International, Radio Sudan, and Radio South Africa. The Swahili language is also making its presence in the art world – in songs, theatres, movies and television programs. For example, the lyrics for the song titled “Liberian girl” by Michael Jackson has Swahili phrases: “Nakupenda pia, nakutaka pia, mpenzi we!” (I love you, and I want you, my dear!). The well-celebrated Disney movie, “The Lion King” features several Swahili words, for example “simba” (lion), “rafiki” (friend), as the names of the characters. The Swahili phrase “hakuna matata” (No troubles or no problems) was also used in that movie.

The promotion of the Swahili language is not only in its use but also deliberate efforts are made throughout the world to include it in education curriculum for higher institutions of learning. It is taught in many parts of the world. Today, Swahili is every where in the world.

More information
Our Culture our Heritage.

UNESCO (United Nations Education Scientific and cultural Organization) founded in 1954 Has adopted International conventions on the protection of cultural heritage, to foster intercultural understanding while stressing the importance of international cooperation.

Why it’s important to protect and safeguard all cultural Heritages?

Cultural Heritage is not just a set of cultural objects or traditions it is also consist of immaterial elements: Traditions, oral history, performing arts, social practices, traditional craftsmanship, representation rituals, knowledge and skills transmitted from generation to generation within a community. “Culture Heritage” The heritage doesn’t consist of money or property, but culture values and traditions Cultural Heritage implies a share bond,our belonging to a represents our history and our identity,our bond to past,to our present and the future. That is why for SVIA mission and purpose is to promote the Swahili culture and art because we believe art and culture are an essential part of the development and can provide the inspiration, tools and capacity needed to unify people.


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