Dr Gwen Owen, 95, became chair of VSO Gloucestershire supporter group 45 years ago. Today she is still honourary chair, taking part in a series of street collections every year.

Meet the 96-year-old who helped raise £50,000 for VSO

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.

Once I had completed my degree in early childhood education, I came to see the reality that children with disabilities face in achieving a quality education. By the time parents realise that it’s their responsibility to take these children to school, it’s too late.

Newborn baby girl, minutes old, in the arms of her mother Akelo Kevin, 18 years.

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 for babies born too soon or too poorly. 

Warning: This article contains images of a newborn baby being resuscitated, which some readers may find upsetting.

This is the incredible moment a newborn baby fought for life. Thanks to VSO volunteers and supporters who helped set up a new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), she survived.

Beekeepers and members of the Umutsuma Co-Operative in Nyenyeri Village, Ngororero District, Rwanda.

Progress is sweet for Rwanda's beekeepers

The 'Busy Bee' cooperative are living up to their name. Beekeeping start-up kits and training in business skills, provided by VSO, have helped this group of 26 producers boost their income and entrepreneurial skills.

The pine forests of Shangi sector are tranquil. But amidst these trees are densely populated villages of farmers, subsisting in some of the most remote and disadvantaged communities in all Rwanda.

Kate tackles early marriages in Bangladesh

Kate Weaver was surprised at the many children being married off by their parents in the rural community where she was volunteering on VSO’s International Citizen Service (ICS) youth programme. She and her team decided to try and do something about it.

The anti-child marriage task force they set up with local people has gone on to prevent three planned child marriages. Community members say they have observed an overall reduction in the number of underage marriages being arranged.

Girl and her mother at home in Bangladesh | VSO

A year after she resisted marriage at 14, Shapla is still happy at school

Engaging the police in Pakistan on gender-based violence

Stephanie Green, long term VSO volunteer talking with the women of Kasalagu Women’s Cooperative Tamale, Northern Region, Ghana.

Shea joy as volunteer Stephanie returns to progress in Ghana

Delivering job-ready graduates in Tanzania

Electrical engineering expert volunteer Richard Asaku has raised educational standards that prepare young people for the world of modern work in the deprived Lindi and Mtwara regions of Tanzania, as part of a VSO project.

Its impact is clear. Before this programme less than one in three graduates were in work within two years of leaving school. Now more than half are employed within six months; a fantastic achievement thanks to the "Enhancing Employability Through Vocational Training" (EEVT) programme.

Mira working with members of the Himba tribe in Namibia, sometime between 1998-2002

9 lessons in living life to the full: From 81-years-young volunteer Mira

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