Translators without Borders

Translators Without Border’s Words of Relief Crisis Response Network is a global translation and localization initiative. Leveraging both human and technological resources, the project builds capacity to facilitate and improve communication among victims, field workers, and relief agencies during and after crises.

Final Q&A: Reflections from Translators Without Borders


  Rebecca Petras, deputy director for Translators without Borders, talks about the successes, challenges and next steps for their HIF-supported project to develop and implement the world’s first crisis relief…

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When Translation Saves Lives!


The Words of Relief (WoR) project was launched in Kenya in January, 2014. WoR, the first translation crisis relief network, attracted lots of attention from different organizations. Many thought it…

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Communicating with communities


Communicating with Communities is a critical component in delivering aid during a crisis or disaster. It is a need, just as food, water, blankets and shelter. It’s such a great…

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Translation matters

‘’Being a member of the Words of Relief Spider Network is the best thing that has happened to me! It has really improved my translation skills, and I am now…

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Words of Relief – Reviewing The Lessons Learned


As the end of the Words of Relief pilot draws near we are starting to review the lessons learned since the project began in January, 2014. It has been quite…

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Translating to save lives


It is crucial to empower communities with critical information in their own language. This not only gives them an opportunity to take charge of their lives during and after a…

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Translating to save lives


When a disaster strikes, people need timely and accurate emergency information. They need their anxiety calmed; they need to know what to do and how to protect themselves. It’s for…

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Words of relief in the fight against Ebola


NAIROBI, KENYA: The Ministry of Health is using social media to bolster preparedness and raise awareness on Ebola. “As part of our Ebola preparedness plan, we would like to share the…

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Rapid Response Community Translators


It seems like 11 was our lucky number for the month of September! We had 11 volunteers representing 11 languages from 11 Kenyan counties, which are frequently affected by disasters,…

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Life saving messages go online in the right language


‘’Sirikali tafadhali, niko  saidi mbaya kabisaa, saidia, hata watoto zangu sijui zimeenda  wapi jamaneni , naomba sirikali iingilie!!’’  This is a quote of a woman, talking in Swahili on a…

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