Cork Firm offers translation services in the midst of the Ukrainian crisis

A translation company from Munster is offering its technology and language services to help those affected by the current crisis in Eastern Europe.

Translit is a Cork-based language service provider which also has offices in Limerick. They offered their help to Irish government bodies, NGOs and charities as well as people providing translation services to those affected by the crisis.

They donate their interpretation technology that facilitates multilingual meetings and events. It will be used to help refugees with a potential of 100,000 expected to reach Ireland in the coming weeks and months. The services they offer include translating documents for non-profit organizations.

Translit CEO Alex Chernenko was born in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, which came under heavy fire from Russian forces last week. “I have friends and family in Ukraine who are directly affected by this and I hear their horrific stories every day,” he said.

“A woman who works with me, she has bombs exploding next to her and seven times a day she leaves her office and goes down to the bunker.

“It’s not just what I read on the news, I’m talking to someone and I hear sirens in the background before they hang up. They return two hours later after spending time in the bunker.

“Ukraine is my country of origin and now I see cities destroyed, people who lived there have to flee and leave their homes because they don’t feel safe.

“I can’t understand it, but my team and I will do whatever we can to help.”

More than two million refugees have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries since the start of the invasion.

Chernenko came to Ireland from Ukraine in 2003 and knows how important it is to have access to language services,

“We are extending our assistance to refugees who cannot access the language services they need, and we will make our remote interpreting technology available to various government agencies and organizations,” Chernenko said.

“A few years after I arrived in Ireland, we saw an influx of immigrants when the EU enlarged, which showed that there was a huge lack of resources – Ireland was not ready.

“This will likely mean another disruption to services, and having worked on the frontline as an interpreter the last time around, I know how we can help make it easier for refugees to stay here in Ireland.

Connie A. Bailey