Dr Gwen Owen, honorary chair of VSO Gloucestershire supporter group
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Meet the 96-year-old who helped raise £50,000 for VSO

Over the past 40 years, Gwen Owen has helped raise an estimated £50,000 for VSO, supporting better education, health and livelihoods for the world's least privileged people. Gwen says collecting for a good cause isn't just satisfying, it's keeping her young.

"Volunteering was one of the best times of my life - so I'm remembering it in my Will"

Chris is passionate about the role volunteering can play in changing lives around the world and so has left a gift in his Will to VSO. He shares the experiences that fostered a strong trust in VSO’s legacy. 

"I want the next generation to benefit from my legacy"

Charles knows his time in Tanzania gave him skills that lasted throughout his life. He has generously left a gift in his Will to VSO. Here, he tells us why.

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My baby comes to class with me

Zainab Boima and her eight-month-old son are pupils at the Teenage Mother’s School. FINE Salone and VSO run an informal school so teen mums to continue their basic education.

Volunteer Sylvester in Kenya
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Fighting for Deaf inclusion in Kenya: Sylvester's story

Sylvester Ochieng, 28, is volunteering for a Kenya where all children have equal education opportunities. Children with hearing impairments face additional barriers to attending and making progress in school. He explains the impact he is seeing on his placement in Bungoma County.

Volunteer Edwin in Kenya

Overcoming life's challenges: Edwin's story

Edwin's experience volunteering led him to recognition as a 'deaf role model' and eventually to a fulfilling job as a teacher.

Severe flooding has hit rural Sierra Leone

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.

Newborn baby in Uganda
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Amazing moment volunteer brings a baby back to life

Newborn deaths and infection rates have plummeted since VSO opened this intensive care unit in northern Uganda three months ago.

Fatu Conteh, 18, gave birth to baby girl Mariama six months ago

“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.

Paul Devlin

Six inspiring volunteers still changing the world

These volunteers are still dedicating their time to supporting the communities they volunteered in.

Volunteer Stephanie with women Shea nut processors in Ghana
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Six inspiring volunteers still changing the world

Our research shows that 55% of VSO volunteers become more involved in social projects after their placements – and a third continue to work with individuals or groups they met whilst volunteering.

salima in Bangladesh

Investing for the future: Salima's story

Salima is a farmer from northern Bangladesh. After joining a local farmer group she and her husband, Moklaser, have seen significant increases in yields and profits.