New strength and security for women in India's "hub of trafficking"
In its first year, VSO's Aaghaaz [New Beginning] project, in partnership with telecoms company Bharti Infratel, has supported 1,000 slum-dwelling women, who have survived or been at risk of trafficking, through training courses in employment skills.
Girls staying in school against the odds
Across Ghana, thousands of girls face pressures that keep them away from school. Less than half continue their education beyond primary school. Three girls explain what their education means to them - and the battles they are fighting to get it.
Growing up in Rwanda: A photo essay
Most six-year-olds in Cyete eat once a day and cannot yet read and write. Enathe describes the life of her extraordinary daughter, who is blossoming in a household that despite being materially poor, is full of warmth, hope and faith.
How one widowed grandma traded her way out of poverty
Maria Jacinto relied on her husband's income from the mines to feed herself and her family. When she became a widow, life was plunged into uncertainty. Maria went from widow to breadwinner and turned her family's fortunes around.
Indian volunteer crowdfunds £3000 to support blind children
After Sayani's elder sister was left unable to walk unaided by a form of arthritis, she developed a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to help educate children with disabilities.
The food revolution that could transform life behind bars
Poor nutritrition makes people in prison more vulnerable to infection, increasing the risks to communities around them. Grow-your-own initiatives could be a simple, innovative way to improve health behind and beyond bars.
Finding love where you least expect it
Celebrating the bond that volunteers have formed on placement - proof that romance can arise when we least expect it.
"This experience is even better shared" : Nanda and Hilbert-Jan in Ethiopia
Volunteering couple Nanda and Hilbert-Jan, from the Netherlands, are volunteering together with VSO in Hossana, Ethiopia.
Kate tackles early marriages in Bangladesh
Kate Weaver was surprised at the many children being married off by their parents in the rural community where she was volunteering on VSO’s International Citizen Service (ICS) youth programme. She and her team decided to try and address it.
From school drop-out to superstar: How Elias saved 45 children's education
Alone, scared and running for his life, Elias Musabyimana was just ten years old when he survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis. It left him deeply traumatised, but determined to dedicate his time, skills and energy to making a better world.