Tuesday, 15 August 2017 10:30

Asian Absolute; helping break down language barriers in humanitarian crises

London-based Association of Translation Companies member, Asian Absolute, has been recognised for the vital support it has provided to global, not-for-profit organisation, Translators without Borders (TWB).

TWB aims to close the language gaps that hinder critical humanitarian and international development efforts worldwide.

Having supported TWB since 2012, Asian Absolute has been instrumental in facilitating the success of key initiatives such as the Words of Relief service, which is the first crisis relief translation network, intended to improve communication between crisis-affected communities and humanitarian responders.

To date the initiative has provided support in locations such as West Africa during the Ebola epidemic, in Greece in response to the European refugee crisis and in Haiti following the impact of Hurricane Matthew. Most recently, TWB has been providing emergency translations for those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy who speak languages such as Tigrinya, Amharic and Somali.

Asian Absolute, which has its head office in Aldgate and provides business translation services in every language, has donated the expertise of its technical support team to update and maintain the content of TWB’s website - https://translatorswithoutborders.org/ - on a daily basis since 2012.

Henry Clough, Managing Director at Asian Absolute, commented: “We are very proud to have partnered with Translators without Borders – the work that they do makes a genuine difference to the lives of those caught up in humanitarian crises both at home and abroad and we feel very privileged to be a part of helping make that happen.

“We offered this support to TWB because we wanted to make a difference to society and we had the in-house skillset to work on their website. It’s also satisfying for our engineers to be engaged on a project where their work has such a tangible benefit.”

Aimee Ansari, Executive Director at Translators without Borders concludes: “We are very grateful to Asian Absolute for their ongoing support, their technical and administrative staff provide us with consistent quality and a service that can be relied upon. It resulted in them getting an ‘Honourable Mention for Excellence’ in our 2017 Access to Knowledge Awards.

“Our work provides meaningful and critical support that allows the core work of a wide range of non-profit and aid organisations to be more impactful and to better serve communities. Without the hard work and donations from companies such as Asian Absolute, this simply wouldn’t be possible.”

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