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  • Raising awareness about TB

    Tom Okelo uses a rice sack as a tool to educate rural communities about tuberculosis (TB). Tom was trained by a VSO volunteer doctor, and is now taking this vital TB awareness to 20,000 people in a district called Lira in the north of Uganda.

  • Mastering modern farming techniques

    In Mongla, Bangladesh, the impact of climate change is having disastrous results for the community’s ability to feed its people. That’s why VSO volunteer Maureen Sitenda has organised training in modern farming techniques. Once they’ve mastered these skills Maureen helps young people to volunteer in their community and spread what they have learnt. As a result, local farmers have seen their incomes increase by 50%, and their families enjoy meals and schooling.

  • Sharing business skills

    Nene Galeh, 19, learned tailoring and business skills training provided by a local grassroots organisation supported by VSO.  Nene, who lives in Makeni in Sierra Leone, is now running her own tailoring business but also passing on her skills and training other women who want to be tailors.

  • Education in post-war Rwanda

    In Rwanda, the main challenge to being educated isn’t getting into school, but getting teaching once you’re there. Rwanda’s supply of teachers was devastated by the genocide, resulting in non-qualified teachers leading classes and pupils being unable to learn. Thanks to VSO volunteers, teachers are learning new working methods to ensure children get a real education, instead of just going through the motions of a class. Find out how VSO volunteer Melanie Pearson is helping improve teaching methods

About VSO

VSO is an international development charity that works through volunteers. Our volunteers work with local organisations that serve poor people. They help give children a future through education. They improve the standards of care in hospitals. They train poor people in the skills they need to earn a living. Our volunteers do whatever needs to be done to break down the barriers that trap people in poverty.

Local partnerships

Our volunteers work with over 1,000 organisations in the developing world – from community groups to governments. Read about our local partners

Working with businesses

VSO has something unique to offer you as a corporate partner. Because of our 50 years of development experience, you can be proud of being part of a long-term responsible solution that’s changing people’s lives around the world.

Find out how VSO's corporate partners, including Cocoa Life and Accenture, benefit from partnering with us.

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