As you know, the languages we're adressing in our project are Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Urdu, Kannada, Odia, Malayalam and Punjabi.
Thanks to your support, we've been able to fully complete the translation and audio recording of our contents in Urdu. The Hindi version is almost done, too - we're just awaiting the finalization of the audio content here any day.
With the Urdu version, we're reaching out to 51 million first language speakers worldwide already. With the upcoming Hindi version, we'll cover another 528 million first language speakers. This is really huge! None of this would have been possible without your generous help. So thank you very, very much!
There's no need to tell you that COVID-19 has turned the whole world upside down overnight. We are all in this together, so you know about the unforeseen challenge of this pandemic. The coronavirus affects all of our lives. But in the poorest countries it will be devastating. Especially for women and girls, who will be on the frontlines of the response.
For the time being, we therefore spontaneously decided to focus on providing vital knowledge about corona to the marginalized to help them protect themselves and their families. This is why we started to reach out to billions by using WhatsApp and similar services to spread localized audio messages about COVID-19.
Up to now, our contents about COVID-19 have been translated into 64 languages, 35 of which have been recorded as audio messages already. You can read more about this so-to-say "spin-off project" here: https://www.audiopedia.org/corona
Right now, as you will certainly understand, a lot of our time and effort is dedicated to this project, given its immediate urgency. However, we'll still keep up working on our other projects. We will keep you posted on any progress made!
Thanks again for all your support and stay healthy!