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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
VSO/Paul Wambugu

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
VSO/Abir Abdullah

Update on UK Government funding for VSO

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

Volunteer Carol Carson walks in woodland in Scotland
Carol Carson

The nursing volunteer making a world of difference

Carol Carson transformed training for student nurses, improved communities' patient care and trained midwives in life-saving skills, before being honoured by the Queen in 2020.

Little Sister Anjali Patel at home with her mother Munni Devi Patel
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The shadow pandemics

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated so many lives. But it isn't just one pandemic – from plummeting mental health to escalating gender-based violence – the most vulnerable in society are living through multiple invisible crises all at once.

Yu Saret farming in her field.
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Climate change and overfishing in Cambodia in 7 photos

Climate change and overfishing are hitting Cambodia’s Great Lake hard, prompting VSO to help boost incomes for those living on its shores.

Willeke Gerritsen walks to her placement in Nepal.
Willeke Gerritsen

From the frontlines of Ebola to COVID-19: One volunteer’s journey

Nurse Willeke Gerritsen shares how volunteering during the Ebola outbreak in 2014 prepared her to take on COVID-19 in the Netherlands.