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RP Translate; helping break down language barriers in humanitarian crises

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Bristol-based Association of Translation Companies member, RP Translate, 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 2014, RP Translate 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.

Clare Partington, Head of Communications at RP Translate, commented: “TWB’s work is life-changing for thousands of people and demonstrates the importance and power of language.

“We are very proud to be one of their Silver Sponsors as the work that they do makes a genuine difference to the lives of those caught up in humanitarian crises both at home and abroad. We feel very privileged to be a part of helping make that happen.”

RP Translate, which has specialised in translation services for the global Market Research Industry for 20 years, has provided $2,500 of annual financial support to TWB since 2014 and also encourages its freelance translators to donate their time to help TWB’s work more directly.

Aimee Ansari, Executive Director at Translators without Borders concludes: “We are very grateful to RP Translate for their ongoing support.

“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 RP Translate, this simply wouldn’t be possible.”

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