Water brings pride and resilience to Sierra Leone community
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 Salone. 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.