Never again: Sierra Leone’s devastating mudslideA mudslide and severe flooding struck Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, last August, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless. While the rest of the world has moved on, Sierra Leoneans are still trying to recover. One year on, how can we prevent such a tragedy from happening again?
VSO Ireland's Plastic Free July
Back in January, we created our very own 'SDG Resolutions' and vowed to do our bit to be a little more sustainable inside and outside the office. Part of this meant embracing Plastic Free July. Here's how we got on...
Struggles in paradise: Do the world’s poorest actually benefit from tourism?Around the world, tourism is on the rise, but local people often don’t see the benefit. Our work in Zanzibar is a great example of how simple changes could make a world of difference to farmers trying to earn a living.
New hope for women living in shame and discomfortVolunteering has the power to shine a light on a little talked-about condition and help some of the countless women affected worldwide, writes Lucy Taylor.
Volunteers: Our not-so-secret weapon in creating resilient communitiesA billion people in the world are volunteers. A new UN report rightly recognises their vital role combatting the growing global threat of natural and man-made disasters, writes VSO’s Chief Executive Philip Goodwin.
The fields are empty: Why thousands of Cambodian farmers are disappearingIn Cambodia, tough market conditions have forced farmers to migrate in search of work, leaving behind children and aged parents to care for the rice fields.
Q&A with Neonatal Nurse Rachel
Before setting off for Uganda, we caught up with Rachel to find out how she was feeling about her placement and what made her take the plunge in the first place...