Creating a world where knowledge knows no language barriers
Originally founded in 1993 in France as Traducteurs sans Frontières by Lori Thicke and Ros Smith-Thomas to link the world’s translators to vetted NGOs that focus on health, nutrition and education, Translators without Borders (TWB) is a U.S. non-profit organization that aims to close the language gaps that hinder critical humanitarian and international development efforts worldwide. TWB recognizes that the effectiveness of any aid program depends on delivering information in the language of the affected population. By maintaining a global network of professional translators, TWB helps non-profit organizations overcome communication barriers, increasing access to critical information and services while fostering a climate of understanding, respect, and dignity in times of great need.
Since 2011, TWB has increased its translation capabilities from just a few languages to more than 190 language pairs. TWB currently works with almost 4,000 professional volunteer translators who have delivered over 40 million words as part of humanitarian crisis response, and health and education programming. TWB has also provided basic translator training to over 250 trainees at its Kenya office.
Translators without Borders is a non-profit organization supported by volunteers, grant funders and generous donors and sponsors. Learn more about the work of Translators without Borders and join in our efforts.