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STAR UK; helping break down language barriers in humanitarian crises

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Surrey-based Association of Translation Companies member, STAR UK, 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 2013, STAR UK 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.

Steve Smith, Managing Director at STAR UK, 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.”

Guildford-based STAR UK, which has offered business translation services for more than 20 years, provides $1,000 of annual financial support to Translators without Borders by being one of its bronze sponsors.

It also raised £1,500 more for the organisation when Steve and three STAR UK translators – Zoe Wills, Catherine Hillier and Natalie Mckay – took part in last year’s Surrey Three Peaks challenge, walking 26 miles and scaling the three highest peaks in the region.

Steve added: “We wanted to do something to mark our 20th anniversary and decided to take on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds to help TWB break down the language barriers that hinder critical humanitarian efforts worldwide.”

Aimee Ansari, Executive Director at Translators without Borders concludes: “We are very grateful to STAR UK 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 STAR UK, this simply wouldn’t be possible.”

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