Supporting Non-Profits Who Work in Humanitarian Translation.
Asian Absolute’s pro bono work has recently received some serious recognition from our long-term favoured non-profit – Translators Without Borders.
The Executive Director of the volunteer organisation got in touch with us to tell us that Asian Absolute has been chosen to receive an Honourable Mention for Excellence in the Translators Without Borders Access to Knowledge Awards 2017.
They cited the fact that “access to [the Asian Absolute] team, provided without charge to TWB is one of our most valued resources, and it empowers us to reach our goals as an organisation” as the reason why we received such a fantastic award.
What is Translators Without Borders?
Translators Without Borders is a non-profit organisation of volunteers who provide free translation services for humanitarian reasons. They do this wherever language services are needed most.
This is generally to support charities or non-profit organisations who work in education, or the field of health and nutrition. Translators Without Borders also sends groups of translators out in the event of health crises, or natural disasters – such as their mobilisation of a rapid response team after the Nepalese earthquake of 2015.
This translation team worked with the vetted charities and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) who arrived to assist in the aftermath of the quake – UNOCHA (the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Humanity Road amongst them.
Translators Without Borders was created back in 1993. Today they assist Doctors Without Borders, Médecins du Monde, Action Against Hunger, Handicap International, and Oxfam US – to name but a few of the many organisations they support – in projects all over the globe. In 2014 they received the Technology For Good grant from Microsoft, which was established to help non-profit organisations boost the technological resources they have available to assist them in their mission.
Why Support Translators Without Borders?
It should be obvious by now exactly why Asian Absolute supports Translators Without Borders. But just in case it isn’t:
- More than 700,000 words translated every month
- All translation furthers education, health, and nutritional knowledge, or assists with disaster relief
- Translation support for the HEAT Project, providing 250,000 health workers to communities in sub-Saharan Africa
- 100×100 Wikipedia Project translating the 100 most popular health articles into 100 worldwide languages
- New Translation Centre in Kenya to train professional translators
The organisation’s work is vital – and a natural use of the expertise and skills of Asian Absolute’s linguists. We assist the non-profit with the updates and maintenance of their website, as well as providing other assistance and resources.
Translators Without Borders’ mission is to work towards “a world where knowledge knows no language barriers“. As the team at Asian Absolute discovers every day, there’s still a lot of work to do.
But like Translators Without Borders, we’ll keep working at it!
If you’d like to start supporting Translators Without Borders yourself, or find out more about the amazing work they do, you can find their website at translatorswithoutborders.com. They’re always looking for help bringing down language barriers to knowledge across the world.
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