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Mother with baby holds a plate of food
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Breaking the silence: the women of Tigray

A year on and the conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia’s most northerly region, shows no sign of peace on the horizon. Millions have fled for their lives, food and clean water is scarce, and medical services have been ransacked.

VSO Volunteer in Pakistan
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One year on - My life since winning a Volunteer Impact Award

In 2020, we honoured the volunteers who went above and beyond to make a difference, through our Volunteer Impact Awards. A year on, find out what our winners have been up to since winning the awards.

A teacher shares best practice as part of the Building Learning Foundations project in Rwanda
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How one volunteer is making a difference to school children in Rwanda

Melba Pyne, 56, from Colombia, recounts her experience volunteering with VSO in Rwanda where she coached head teachers, both in country and remotely, after the pandemic cut her placement short.

Himalayan Permaculture Centre
Chris Evans

My permaculture journey: A sustainable approach to small-scale farming

VSO e-volunteer Chris Evans outlines how a tiny pilot permaculture scheme in Nepal successfully spread environmentally friendly farming practices and ideas in line with existing cultural traditions.

Vivian mother in rural Kenya
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Life on the brink

For Vivian, the Covid-19 pandemic was a frightening time. Affording three meals a day for herself and her children was hard with no income. Thanks to VSO supporters Vivian was provided a lifeline, with a new small business grant.

Sam with community members of Susan's Bay slum in Freetown
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Volunteers respond to devastating fire in Sierra Leone slum

In 2021 a devastating fire broke out in Susan’s Bay slum in Freetown, Sierra Leone, leaving 7,000 people homeless. Read how volunteer Samuel jumped in to action.

Men planting mangroves on a beach in the Philippines
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The power of regrowth

Climate change, typhoons and poor fishing practices were threatening the way of life of a coastal community in the Philippines. Then volunteers came together to plant mangroves to turn the tide.

Volunteer Peter helps some pupils at a VSO-supported learning centre
VSO/Paul Wambugu

Helping young mothers return to education

Hear from our students and mentors about how our Education for Life project is helping young brides in Kenya, return to school.

Group of women smiling
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Education Summit 2021: volunteers transforming girls’ education in Kenya, Malawi and Nepal

Our flagship girls’ education projects, in Kenya, Malawi and Nepal have been helping girls to access the education that they deserve.

Young girl in Nepal sitting in a bare room.
VSO/Omar Havana

Five ways you are helping end period poverty

VSO communication coordinator Priyanka Budhathoki shares five sustainable methods for making reusable sanitary products which are making a lasting difference to girls living in rural Nepal.

children at cox's bazar refugee camp
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How a video call is changing lives in this refugee camp

In the world’s biggest refugee settlement, volunteers from Bangladesh, Myanmar and Wales are working together to create fun, play, learning and laughter for Rohingya children who call the camps home. 

Woman with children, Rohingya_camps Bangladesh
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Update on UK Government funding for VSO

An update on our Volunteering for Development grant by Philip Goodwin, Chief Executive Officer, VSO.