Travis Foundation is a global community of change-makers, linguists and community builders who are passionate about bridging language barriers.
To bridge language barriers where it’s needed most.
We want to make communication a possibility in the most challenging circumstances, so that understanding, education and change can be achieved.
We envisage a world where language holds no barriers.
A world in which someone can visit a doctor, meet a lawyer or talk to a municipality and feel at ease. A world where direct communication exists between everyone, where everyone understands and can be understood.
About Travis Foundation
Travis Foundation is a non-profit organisation that digitises lesser-resourced languages, enabling communication for people in the most challenging circumstances. By compiling digital corpora, applying machine learning technology and collaborating on communication tools, we can help refugees, migrants and people in need communicate.
When Travis, creator of personal translating devices, partnered with medical institutions, government departments and aid organisations, they were asked that Tigrinya, an Eritrean language, be added.
As they continued, more individuals and organisations requested languages that weren’t necessarily minority languages, but surprisingly weren’t digitised. These communication barriers were something that Travis couldn’t immediately solve, so started Travis Foundation to address.
Over the past months, Travis Foundation has made great project with the first initiative, Tigrinya. We look forward to digitising many more languages after proving our concept.
We're committed to digitising languages where they're needed most.
Stichting Travis Foundation (Travis Foundation) was established on 20th November 2017. Travis Foundation challenges language inequality by digitising lesser-resourced languages.
By compiling digital corpora of the languages and applying machine learning technology, we create the resources needed to bring the languages into the digital age. These resources will then be used to translate, preserve and create digital educational tools for these languages and cultures.
Lesser resourced languages include minority languages, indigenous languages, endangered languages and also languages that are none of the above but are not interesting for commercially driven organisations to develop. For example Tigrinya, the majority language of Eritrea, is neither minority, indigenous nor endangered, but has poorly developed digital resources because its multi million population, mostly in poverty and refugee, gets little or no attention from commercial organisations in technology development of the language.
Travis Foundation is a non-profit foundation (a ‘Stichting’ under Dutch law). As stated in Article 2 (1) of the Articles of Association the organisation has the goal to bridge language barriers where that is needed most.
In order to be able to achieve this goal, and all the necessary steps that need to be taken to get there, Travis Foundation creates a global community around any new language to be digitised. That is what the added value of Travis Foundation is about: ‘It takes a family to digitise a language, and Travis Foundation is bringing that family together’.
For digitising a language (as with Tigrinya, the first one being digitised by us), we amongst others, hire native speakers, collect digital corpora, engage people worldwide for translating texts, hire Machine Translation experts and engage various other experts to implement (technical) solutions.
Travis Foundation raises funds through gifts, donations, philanthropy and subsidies. Travis B.V. has donated an initial sum of €250.000, and has agreed to donate a fixed amount for every translation device sold. The SIDN Fund (Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland) has donated €75.000 for project Tigrinya.
As stated in Article 2 (2), Travis Foundation does not aim to make a profit and is set up to function as a ‘public benefit organisation’ (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling). The proceeds resulting from activities are used solely to accomplish the statutory goals.
The employees of Travis Foundation are hired to professionally manage and grow the organisation to its meet and exceed its goals. Their salary is derived from the salary levels appropriate for equivalent job positions in the non-profit industry in The Netherlands.
The members of the board receive an expense allowance and can be granted a minimum attendance fee, according to Article 2 (4 and 5) of the Articles of Association, however they currently only receive an expense allowance. The main responsibility of the board is governing Travis Foundation, amongst others by making sure an up-to-date policy plan is in place and guarding the expenses.
Travis Foundation Details
Stichting Travis Foundation is an Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling (ANBI) non-profit organisation
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