FTT Global Ltd, a International Payments company, is pledging its support to help humanitarian translations reach more people around the world by becoming a bronze sponsor of Translators without Borders.
Since the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010, Translators without Borders has greatly increased the amount of humanitarian translations for aid groups, not just to those working in Haiti, but to NGOs, or non-governmental organizations, working across the globe in disaster relief, healthcare and education.
In fact, since the creation of the fully automated Translators without Borders Workspace, powered by ProZ.com, the organisation has more than tripled its annual output of translations. The workspace automatically links approved non-profits to vetted professional translator volunteers who take care of key translation projects. The Translators without Borders Workspace will help the organization reach its goal of 10 million words translated per year.
Translators without Borders also handles many special projects. In 2011, Translators without Borders began a collaborative effort to translate the 80 most important medical articles on English Wikipedia into other languages. This project will greatly enhance the number of people who can get vital information in their own language.
In Africa, Translators without Borders is growing language capacity by training new translators, starting in Kenya. Millions of Kenyans only speak Swahili. Unfortunately, the vital health information that is available in Kenya is often in only English or French. To counter this, Translators without Borders set up a training center in Kenya where local Kenyans are intensively trained to become professional translators. This will greatly reduce the problem.
The financial support provided by sponsors is critical to sustaining and growing the organisation, particularly in under-resourced languages. Lori Thicke, co-founder of Translators without Borders says: “In the course of our work, we’ve become aware of a huge global need, which is for people in poor countries to be able to access global knowledge in their own language.”
“According to UNICEF more people die from lack of knowledge than from diseases. People in poor countries are simply unable to access global knowledge in a language they understand. Mobile technology may be bringing this knowledge closer to the bottom three billion, but we still need to bridge the ‘language last mile’. Translators without Borders is delivering this much needed help by developing a scalable training program so that more people will be able to access the knowledge they need in a language they understand.”
Noel Goddard, Managing Director, said: “What seems like such a natural right of life is removed from individuals in these extreme circumstances and in some cases getting funds to support these locations can be a challenge itself. After meeting Anne-Marie, CEO of Translators without Borders at this years ATC conference I knew we had to help this valid cause and support the work done by the charity.”
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