1 degree of separation: how global warming is impacting the poorest people on the planet
Our earth and its weather systems are finely balanced. Even a small change has huge ramifications and it’s the planet’s poorest people who are shouldering the biggest burden.
UPDATE: Flooding in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sierra Leone
Extreme rainfall has caused severe flooding in a number of countries. The people of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sierra Leone, where VSO work on a number of programmes, have been particularly affected.
Volunteers set up a street library to get kids reading
While volunteering in Lindi, Tanzania, Steve and Sue noticed that the children they worked with had no access to books. Together with the whole neighbourhood they came up with a new idea to get local children reading.
Meet the volunteers forging a friendship revolution
There’s something special about volunteering that forges friendships that can last a lifetime. Four volunteers reveal the unexpected bonds they made through their experience with VSO.
Six things British volunteers want you to know about investing in ending global poverty
We asked recently returned VSO volunteers from the UK what message they wanted to share, having experienced life on the front line of fighting poverty. This is what they said:
The lasting shadow of Ebola: The virus that killed the carers
In 2014 Sierra Leone experienced a devastating outbreak of the Ebola virus. It killed almost 4,000 people. In March 2016, the outbreak was declared over, but the impact the virus had on the country’s fragile health system will be felt for years to come.
Volunteers in the Philippines demonstrate the spirit of volunteering in the face of extremism
Volunteers from the Philippines have mobilised to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Marawi city, where conflict has erupted between government forces and ISIS-affiliated groups.
“I got a motorbike to the hospital to deliver my baby”
Fatu Conteh, 18, gave birth to baby girl Mariama six months ago and shares her story here.
Sharing skills saves lives, in a country still living with the impact of Ebola
Dr Padma is a GP from London, who is volunteering at Makeni Regional Referral Hospital in Sierra Leone. In a country still reeling from Ebola, she tells us it's often skills, not supplies, that save lives.