ICS volunteer Ibraham on Ebola, war and education in Sierra Leone
ICS volunteer Ibraham Kamara has a real zest for development. Born and bred in Sierra Leone, this young father has seen his country through war and Ebola. Even though his own schooling has been stilted he was able to finish his diploma and complete an ICS placement.
When Ebola hit Sierra Leone in 2014, nearly 5,000 people died of the highly contagious disease. During the crisis, the mountain village of Charlotte in western Sierra Leone stayed free from infection thanks to their vigilance with regards to hygiene. A Water Aid and VSO project fixed a local well that helped to spare the community from the virus.
Local mechanic ensures his community has access to fresh water
When Ebola reached Nengbema village in 2015, the entire community was quarantined. Foday Lansana volunteered to become the local well mechanic and ensure his community had access to fresh water.
My premature baby wouldn’t have survived
Gloria Amongi, from Uganda, is 22 and mother to three girls. The youngest, Katusabe, was born four months early by C-section after Gloria was in an accident whilst travelling to get malaria treatment. She would not have survived without the neonatal unit at Lira Regional Referral Hospital.
A mother always remembers her midwife
At the overrun and busy labour ward in Lira Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda, volunteer Gudrun Witt is working with students, midwives and doctors to make the birthing process safer for women. Gudrun tells her story.
“I believe in justice. That’s why I never compromise on rape”
One in three women worldwide has experienced violence or assault. In Sierra Leone, VSO is supporting survivors to seek justice, together with local partner FINE SALON. Police Inspector Eunice Ina May explains the traditional patriarchal attitudes that she says caused GBV to be normalised in the past.
Women farmers working together
28 year old Selina Kerketa is the Secretary of an all female farmers group from Bangladesh. She talks of her ambitions for the future.
After Ebola. Sierra Leone’s abandoned treatment centres
The abandoned Ebola Treatment Centre at Makeni was one of a handful of centres in Sierra Leone built to contain and treat the deadly Ebola disease. Now it's a skeleton site left to ruin, containing nothing but discarded rubbish and echoes of the plague it was built to fight.
Volunteering after retirement: John gives something back in Cambodia
John's lifelong ambition to volunteer abroad was realised at 60, when he was offered a three-month stint in Cambodia with VSO. The placement made use of his valuable experience from a career as a consultant obstetrician to improve the healthcare services in three hospitals in obstetrics and gynaecology. It was challenging but rewarding and John, now 71, accepted a second VSO position in the country the following year.