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VSO/Halifax Trading

This winter, give the life-changing gift of reading, writing and counting…

Children like Mphatso are in danger of dropping out of school and into a life of poverty. It's impossible to learn in a class of 200 children and without any books, pens, or desks. They are in a desperate situation and need your help.

Unlocking the power of people to create lasting change

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Ireland, part of the VSO International family, brings about change not by sending aid. We unlock the power of people - local, national and international volunteers and partners - to work alongside some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people to build generational change. 

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VSO/Lisa Marie David

Friends forever: crossing the religious divide in the Philippines

Two women in the Philippines have forged an unlikely friendship, despite their religious differences, fostering unity in a once-divided community.

Family planning workshop
VSO/Paul Wambugu

Looking back on VSO in 2023

As we move into 2024, let’s take the time to reflect on the last 12 months.

Mphatso using tablet in class
Halifax Trading Malawi

The educational tablet that is unlocking talent in Malawi

Meet 14 year old Mphatso who dropped out of school without the ability to read or write. He was sat in class with 200 other students unable to learn, so what was the point of attending school? Educational tablets are now giving Mphasto the education he deserves.

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Paul Wambugu/Obscuramedia

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Paul Wambugu/Obscuramedia

VSO Ireland annual report

This year, many of the global COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were gradually lifted. For countries and communities already facing considerable challenges, there is a huge job to be done to make up lost ground in health, education, and livelihoods.

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Paul Wambugu/Obscuramedia

Vision, values and strategy

Our purpose is to create lasting change through volunteering. We bring about change not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to empower people living in the some of the world’s poorest and most overlooked regions.

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