iZotope Outside the Office: Making a Difference

Alongside his family, one of iZotope’s software engineers volunteers his vacation time to help local children and communities in Sierra Leone.

iZotope News  |  January 27, 2016

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Software Engineer Luke Bradford has been with us since he was a sparkling new intern in 2011, and he’s worked on many products since: Trash 2, RX 3 and 4, and most recently our Spire Recorder iPhone app. (He’s also the chair of our riddle committee, but that’s another story for another time.) His vacation plans are so thoughtful, we wanted to share the story with the broader iZotope community.

Read on to hear from Luke himself...

This Thursday, I’m headed to Sierra Leone. My family and I are going to be working on a number of different projects while we’re there, including building a latrine for a public school in Freetown, distributing Days for Girls kits, and (for those in my family with the right expertise) running health and education seminars.

If you want to learn more about the latrine project (or support it!) you can check it out here.

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Why Sierra Leone? My family has had a special connection to the country for more than 60 years. My grandparents were missionaries there in the 1950s and '60s: my grandfather worked in tropical agroforestry, developing new agricultural techniques with an experimental farm, and my grandmother worked as a doctor, running a well-baby clinic and an obstetric clinic and practicing general medicine. My dad and two aunts who will be on this trip were raised in Sierra Leone, but none of them have been back since 1969. Along with our projects, we’ll get a chance to visit Manjama, where my dad was born and where my grandmother ran her clinic. This trip means a lot to all of us, but for my dad and my aunts, it’s a chance to go home for the first time since they were kids.

If you’re interested in following our adventure, you can see updates as we go on my trip blog, Bradfords in Sierra Leone. Thanks for reading, and wish us luck!

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