They can routinely back up their work, a necessary safeguard when computers can be stolen or confiscated. And for those who live and work in remote villages, they can communicate with a translation consultant when they need help exploring and translating key words and concepts. A consultant’s advice and guidance are invaluable to the team when they wrestle with abstract ideas, complex verses, or difficult-to-understand passages.
But in order to use these tools or to communicate with translation consultants, people need access to the Internet. Across Africa, however, acquiring Internet access can be difficult and costly.
Together, we can cover costs for satellite Internet for centers that have no other feasible solutions, as well as funding generator repairs, Internet service, upgrades, and occasional troubleshooting. We can also bring Internet access right to translation teams, no matter how remote they are. Each team will get the best fit for their situation, whether satellite, cellular, or something else.
Everyone saves time. IT specialists at regional centers don’t face frustrating interruption of Internet and power services, and can keep systems running smoothly. Those who perform administration will be able to keep up with their important work, and not be left behind. Translators in remote villages save days or weeks of travel—and they get feedback fast since they can be in regular contact with their consultant.
Consultants save time, too: Paratext lets them comment right on a team’s draft, even from half a world away. Up to 90% of questions can be addressed this way, so they travel only to discuss the toughest topics. Drafts are also safer. When a team is online, Paratext automatically backs up their work.
*Paratext is the leading software for Bible translation. Learn more here.
“Sub-Sahara Africa’s IT capabilities have grown at a very slow rate, especially in the rural areas where we serve. This affects not only our performance but also other major regional issues such as poverty, access to resources, and economic and educational development.”
– Bill Mayes, SIL Africa IT Services Coordinator