At Acrolinx, we understand the importance of language. It helps people communicate, form connections, and share knowledge and ideas. It also saves lives in times of crisis.
Right now in Myanmar, the Rohingya, a persecuted ethnic minority, faces a significant humanitarian crisis. In the past two months, more than 700,000 refugees — many of them families broken by violence — have fled the region, across the border to Bangladesh.
One of the biggest challenges in delivering support is language. Communication between aid organizations and the refugees is very difficult because translation resources are virtually non-existent among the Rohingya. As a result, it’s almost impossible to ensure that vital information is reaching the refugees in the right language.
Translators without Borders (TWB), a nonprofit organization that offers language and translation support for global humanitarian efforts, is working tirelessly to develop language capacity and resources among the Rohingya. But funds are urgently needed to support the mission.
Acrolinx is a proud supporter of TWB and its ongoing efforts with the Rohingya refugee crisis. If you value language as much as we do, we hope you’ll join us by donating to this very important cause.
How You Can Help
$50 will help assess the real language needs, allowing TWB to interview five refugees and contribute that information to an ongoing and major report on language.
$150 will help develop an audio glossary app of common medical terms for aid organizations to use while communicating with refugees.
$500 trains a Rohingya or Chittagong speaker to audio translate vital messages about cholera prevention, and how to recognize waterborne diseases.
$1000 will train a community interpreter to work with aid organizations in the camps. This is a desperate need right now.