Bahá’í friends gather for a photograph after a community meeting.

The Bahá’í Faith was first established in São Tomé and Príncipe in the 1980s. Since that time, increasing numbers of people throughout the country have been finding inspiration and guidance in the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. Here, members of the Bahá’í community are working together with their neighbors and friends to promote and contribute to the well-being and progress of society. In urban centres and rural villages, in homes and schools, citizens of all backgrounds, classes and ages are participating in a dynamic pattern of life, taking part in activities which are, at once, spiritual, social and educational.

Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship.

– Bahá’u’lláh

Historical photo

First National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of São Tomé and Príncipe

Many community building activities that address society’s needs in both their spiritual and material dimensions are underway in São Tomé and Príncipe. Among the principles that inspire them are the oneness of humanity, the need for universal education and the elimination of all forms of prejudice. In São Tomé and Príncipe, the Bahá’ís and their growing numbers of friends offer opportunities to study and reflect upon spiritual topics, arrange meetings for communal worship, and provide classes for children and youth, emphasizing moral education.