A female teacher speaks passionately at the front of a room full of people sitting down listening to her
VSO/Gitika Saksena


We've worked in India for over 30 years, strengthening inclusive education systems and supporting people to develop sustainable and resilient livelihoods.


We reached 12,918 children through our World of Difference programme.


We supported 6,000 people with disabilities to gain local employment.


Our Kisan Vikas initiative trained 5,000 marginalised farmers in efficient agricultural practices.

Inclusive education

Girls sit on the floor of their classroom and raise their hands; at the front, a young female teacher stands by the blackboard

We work with corporate partners to improve educational opportunities for thousands of Indian children.

Our education projects are designed and delivered in conjunction with our private sector partners. Together, we use novel technology and innovative approaches to address some of the challenges which can prevent children reaching their full potential – including resource scarcity, large classroom sizes and gaps in teachers’ skills. National and community volunteers support in-service teachers through coaching and training, reaching 450 teachers across 300 government schools in the Jharkhand, Delhi and Bundi districts.

We’ve seen huge successes in improving children’s reading: in partnership with Vodafone, we reached 12,918 children and reduced illiteracy levels amongst target groups from 51% to just 5%; while our SMS Story project, which provided teachers with innovative teaching aids sent by daily text message, resulted in schools reporting literacy levels of 63% – compared to 42% in non-participating schools.

Resilient livelihoods

A group of women sit in a loose circle on the ground outside as a VSO volunteer sits and speaks with them
VSO/Anubhav Das

We work to support women to develop the skills and confidence they need to participate in the formal economy.

Our livelihoods programmes focus on supporting some of India’s most vulnerable and marginalised populations – including women, young people and those living with disabilities – to improve their access to secure and sustainable sources of food and income.

Working with our private sector partners, we provide expert-led training so people can develop the skills and confidence they need to gain meaningful employment. In partnership with Bharti Infratel and Randstad, we supported 3,000 slum-dwelling women into work; and in partnership with IBM and the Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled we supported 6,000 people with disabilities to gain local employment.

In a country where two-thirds of the population depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, we work to boost the agricultural productivity of smallholder farmers, supporting people to grow more in the context of rising food insecurity and increasing environmental uncertainty. We’ve trained 27 climate-smart agri-professionals, who support rural farmers in Madhya Pradesh to safeguard themselves against the effects of climate change. Our Kisan Vikas initiative trained 5,000 marginalised farmers in efficient agricultural practices, so enabling them to increase yields at a lower cost.

Contact us

We work with a number of corporate partners including IBM, Randstad, Vodafone and Bharti Infratel. 

Find out more about corporate partnerships with VSO

Our implementing partners are local NGOs working in education, livelihoods and governance.

If you are interested in supporting our work, or if you have another query, get in touch:

Northern Capital Region office address: VSO, Regus - Logix City Centre, 7th Floor Cabin No. 713, near Web City Centre Metro Station, Sector 32, Noida, Uttar Pradesh - 201301, India

Email: vso.southasia@vsoint.org

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16-year-old Nirmala smiles with her friend, who is carrying a pile of schoolbooks.

Education system strengthening

Developing inclusive education systems that leave no child behind.

A student watches intently as her instructor demonstrates machinery in a welding and metal workshop

Employment and entrepreneurship

Ensuring that everyone has access to decent employment and market opportunities.

Ugandan female farmer carries grain on her head as part of VSO's YELG project
VSO/Ginny Lattul

Resilient rural livelihoods

Supporting fairer outcomes for agricultural communities.