No one should live in poverty and be denied choice and opportunity.
Our extraordinary volunteers live and work side by side with some of the poorest people to improve lives.
were trained in 2015 to pass on the skills to get people out of poverty
partners at every level of society, from government to community groups to teachers.
volunteers in 2015 from around the world, aged 18 to 80
In Pakistan, VSO is supporting local partners to improve the police response to gender-based violence in a country that scores among the lowest countries in the world for gender equality, and where patriarchal attitudes prevent many abused women seeking and accessing justice.
In Sierra Leone domestic violence tends to be seen as a 'private issue'. In Kenema, VSO has been supporting local organisation FINE-SALON to raise awareness of women's rights and the law, change attitudes, and support survivors to prosecute their perpetrators.
Papua New Guinea (PNG), where Alyce lives, has the world’s highest levels of violence against women for a country not at war. VSO has been working in PNG since 1960 and has seen just how challenging it is to change violent behaviours – and the attitudes that underlie them. For the first time, many survivors like her can now get specialist support, thanks to the efforts of volunteers.