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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hear from our students and mentors about how our Education for Life project is helping young brides in Kenya, return to school.
Our flagship girls’ education projects, in Kenya, Malawi and Nepal have been helping girls to access the education that they deserve.
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.
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.