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.
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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.
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.
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
- To date 43,000 people have volunteered with us
- 30 countries currently host VSO volunteers
- 1,048 local partners work with us worldwide
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