Education is a direct route out of poverty. But for children with disabilities, access to a classroom is often denied. In Africa, it is estimated that less than one in ten children with disabilities attends primary school.
Mary Loureth Carnable is a disability specialist volunteering with VSO in Ghana as part of VSO’s ‘Tackling Education Needs Inclusively’ (TENI) project. The project aims at ensuring vulnerable children such as girls and children with disabilities have access to an education. Last year the TENI project reached over 17,000 children in Northern Ghana, including 1,200 children with disabilities.
In Lindi, Tanzania, exam results are among the lowest in the country and many students drop out of school early. English teacher, Rebecca Ngovano, has been working alongside VSO volunteer Paul Jennings to try and change this.
Paul Jennings has been working as a teacher facilitator in one of the most deprived regions of Tanzania for the last 18 months, worlds away from his UK classroom.
He’s supported teachers across 12 secondary schools to help them keep students engaged and attending school. As his placement comes to an end, he reflects on what he’s managed to achieve.
VSO Supporter, Chris Merry, signed up to cycle Ride London in support of VSO in 2014. It would be the biggest cycle challenge of his life. Not only did Chris have to contend with the 100 mile course, the weather turned against him. It rained all day. But this didn’t put Chris off the event, in fact, he did it again in 2015.
Chris shares his experiences.
Rahel Beyan is one of the nurses in Tigray, Ethiopia helping to improve conditions for mothers and newborns at Suhul Hospital. With the support and training of VSO volunteer Miriam Etter, she’s now working in the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, helping to save young lives every day.
Ans Ohms is a Dutch midwife and volunteer in Cambodia. She is supporting the development of midwife training across six hospitals. Thanks to these improvements, over 10,000 pregnant women have already benefited. Furthermore, she is assisting in the development of course material that will support the training of 120 midwives every year. The impact of her efforts is already felt and thanks to Ans, mothers here have a better chance of a safe delivery and a healthier future.
Dr Samdemar C. Arias is a volunteer paediatrician in Nyangao, Tanzania. He is helping develop the skills of local clinicians and improving patient care. Here he talks about the urgent need for more qualified physicians to share their skills in Tanzania.
Over the past four weeks, junior bankers from Citi have been working with eight aspirational entrepreneurs from Nakuru, Kenya. They’ve been mentored and supported to grow their businesses as part of VSO’s Knowledge Exchange programme, delivered through our partners Balloon Ventures.
This week, they're appearing before a panel of experts, including senior Citi employees, to pitch for funding to take their businesses to the next level.
One year ago today, the first of two massive earthquakes tore through Nepal. Their wake of devastation claimed nearly 9,000 lives and left hundred of thousands of people homeless.
The generous response to our emergency appeal, to the tune of £700,000, made a huge difference to people in dire need. But a year on, Nepal is still in a bad way.