For Immediate Release
Certified Languages International Donates
Translation Services to Aid Ebola Education
Portland, Ore.-based company partners with Translators Without Borders; provides educational materials for West African dialects
PORTLAND, Ore. (Nov. 4, 2014) – Certified Languages International (CLI) will donate translation services to aid Ebola education. Through its partnership with Translators Without Borders, CLI will translate educational materials – including posters, guidance packages and an animated video – to Fula, a language spoken by the Fulani people in Africa.
“With so much confusion around the prevention and treatment of Ebola, both in the U.S. and abroad, education is one of the key pillars in halting the epidemic,” said CLI CEO Kristin Quinlan. “We’re so glad CLI’s services can help in the effort to prevent the spread of the disease, and answer the important questions of those at risk.”
The World Health Organization reports the “scale, duration and lethality of the Ebola outbreak have generated a high level of public anxiety” over the virus. Those working to combat the spread of the disease say increased education is needed to raise awareness of Ebola, explain how it is spread and what can be done about it.
There are approximately 40 million Fulanis in Africa, found mainly in West Africa and northern parts of Central Africa. Despite being one of the largest ethnolinguistic groups on the continent, the Fulani people are minorities in nearly every country in which they live, meaning they may not speak the dominant language. The materials developed with CLI’s translation services will help to educate those who speak Fula on what they need to know about the prevention, transmission and treatment of Ebola.
About Translators without Borders
Translators without Borders, a US-based 501 ©(3) non-profit organization, envisions a world where knowledge knows no barriers. The mission of Translators without Borders (initially founded in France in 1993 as Traducteurs sans Frontières) is to provide people access to vital knowledge in their language by connecting nonprofit organizations with our community of translators, building local language capacity and raising awareness about language barriers. Translators without Borders volunteers translate millions of words each year, focusing on three types of humanitarian translations: crisis translations needed urgently to inform people in crisis, translations that support an NGO’s operations, and translations that directly support people in need. The organization is building language capacity in East Africa through its first translator training center in Nairobi, Kenya, where trainees focus on healthcare content in Kiswahili and acquire the skills for a career in translation, and is piloting its Words of Relief crisis relief network. Visit: www.translatorswithoutborders.org.
About Certified Languages International
Certified Languages International (CLI) is a full-service language company specializing in over-the-phone interpreting, video remote interpreting (VRI) and document translation services. With a growing list of more than 200 languages, CLI is among the largest providers of its kind in the world, servicing North America and abroad. CLI’s professional U.S.-based interpreters are skilled in industry-specific terminology and available 24/7/365. CLI is committed to helping businesses increase revenues and maximize the value of their non-English speaking customer relationships, which it achieves by investing in innovative technology to deliver language services with unmatched efficiency and accuracy. The Portland Business Journal recently recognized CLI as one of its fastest growing companies in 2014. For more information, visit: www.certifiedlanguages.com.