Our approach to development is providing sustainable, long-term solutions to complex global problems, that are affecting millions of vulnerable people around the world.
This impact report provides an overview and some examples of what we have achieved during 2021/22 and highlights the amazing impact that we are making in a wide range of contexts around the world, thanks to supporters like you.
Our year in numbers
Since VSO started in 1958, we have worked in over 90 countries, deployed over 80,000 volunteers and supported almost 60 million people. In 2021-22, VSO reached 8.2 million people, over 4.2 million indirectly and nearly 4 million directly.
Over 5.5 million were reached through our education projects.
Almost 500,000 people were reached through our resilient livelihoods programme.
Over 1.2 million people were reached through our health projects.
Over 900,000 through our wider work on resilience, inclusion and social accountability.
Stories from our work
My experience improving science teaching in Cambodia
After retiring from a successful career in the UK as a science teacher, Sean McMorrow shared his skills and experience to help Cambodian children pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and maths. Read more.
Help VSO keep children in Pakistan safe
Right now, Pakistan is reeling from devastating floods which left a third of the country underwater. As the country grapples with the effects of a changing climate, it’s children who are being left behind.
5 facts about women's rights around the world
While much progress has been made towards creating equality for women, the fight continues. In this blog, we celebrate some key achievements of women around the world and understand how much further we have to go...
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Making sure everyone gets the skills they need to live a fulfilled, dignified life.
Over the past five years we have supported almost 3,500,000 children to access the quality education they deserve.
Ensuring people have the skills and opportunities needed to support themselves and their families.
770,000 people have benefited from our work supporting livelihoods over the past five years.
Adolescent and youth health and wellbeing
Improving health services and empowering people to exercise their right to quality care.
Over the past five years we have helped over 3,600,000 people access better healthcare.