Humanitarian Efforts in the Language Industry
Many companies in the localization and translation industry run their own charitable or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. GALA is always pleased to hear about and promote visibility of these efforts.
On a global scale, there are several non-profit organizations that are doing tremendous work using the unique skills of the industry to improve the lives of people around the world. Dozens of small and large companies in our industry sponsor these organizations, and many individual translators and interpreters provide their services for free in support of their work. A few of these non-profit organizations are listed below.
Translators and interpreters are increasingly persecuted, prosecuted, imprisoned, kidnapped and assassinated across the globe. To publicize and combat this critical state of affairs, Red T, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 2010 to advocate worldwide for linguists in conflict zones and other high-risk settings.
As the only organization of its kind, Red T works in partnership with the major international language associations to urge governments to institute and improve policies relating to its cause. Among Red T's initiatives are the Open Letter Project in which appeals are sent to authorities on behalf of embattled colleagues, the development of guidelines for T/Is working in conflict zones and a UN petition that calls for protected status for linguists in conflict situations.
To learn more, visit our website at red-t.org
To volunteer, email us at [email protected]
To donate, click on red-t.org/donate.html
To sign and share the UN petition, go to change.org/p/urge-the-un-to-protect-translators-and-interpreters-worldwide
The Rosetta Foundation
In its own words, the Rosetta Foundation wants to:
- relieve poverty, support healthcare, develop education and promote justice through access to information and knowledge on a global scale
- provide access to information and knowledge through the removal of language barriers
- remove language barriers by providing an infrastructure for translation and localisation, both internationally and locally
- use this infrastructure to create employment and prosperity leading to greater equality
- ensure that this effort is sustainable, global, and based on principles of social enterprise
The foundation achieves these aims by providing vital language technology needed for translating important information on behalf of non-profit and non-governmental organizations working with communities in need. It also hosts a global community of roughly 1,500 volunteers that it calls on when required.
You can donate, volunteer, request help and read more on The Rosetta Foundation website.
Translators Without Borders and Traducteurs sans Frontières
Translators Without Borders' mission aims: to support humanitarian work around the world by providing free translation. As such they focus their work on linking volunteer translators with vetted NGOs that focus on health, nutrition and education.
Aid groups working in crisis situations face a mission-critical challenge in disseminating knowledge in the language of those who need it. Translators Without Borders facilitates the transfer of knowledge from one language to another by creating and managing a community of NGOs who need translations and professional, vetted translators who volunteer their time to help.
You can volunteer, donate, ask for help and find out more at the Translators Without Borders website.
Do you know of other humanitarian efforts in the language industry? Please let us know!