Irish Aid funded programmes
Long-term support and funding from Irish Aid is invaluable to VSO Ireland as it enables us to develop and implement sustainable development programmes that have a long-lasting impact. Since 2013, we’ve had a strategic partnership with Irish Aid under the Volunteering Initiative, delivering successful programmes in Uganda (inclusive education), Ethiopia (maternal and neonatal health) and Zambia (good governance).
In 2017, we were delighted to launch two new Irish Aid funded programmes in Karamoja, one of the poorest and most marginalised regions of Uganda. These are focusing on improving and extending education and health services to girls and young women in particular, and in doing so perfectly complement each other. These programmes will be implemented by Irish and Ugandan volunteers, working closely with local partner organisations to maximise impact.
We look forward to seeing the results over the next three years - stay tuned!
Our Uganda education programme
Find out about VSO Ireland's new education programme, which is helping marginalised girls in Karamoja, Uganda finish primary school.
Life-changing memories and powerful impact: volunteering in Uganda
"So my message to teachers and principals reading this is: If you can do something, why not do it? It's such a privilege to be able to help others through VSO."
Reflecting on my volunteer placement in Ethiopia
Stephanie Galvin talks through her volunteer experience in Jinka Hospital, Ethiopia where she shared her skills with staff in the paediatrics department.
From Mayo to Africa: A teacher’s journey
Retired primary school principal Padraic McKeon, who has volunteered with VSO Ireland three times, outlines his motivations for initially taking the plunge and why he has no regrets.
A volunteer's life in Karamoja, Uganda
Marie Moreau from Dublin, who has just returned from volunteering with VSO Ireland as an Inspection Advisor in Uganda, talks about her experience helping to improve and extend the country's education system.