Hear from Philip Goodwin, Chief Executive of VSO, on what you can expect from this issue of Kin and why VSO's work is so important right now:
"Peace is essential in building successful, functioning communities. And yet, conflict continues to cast a shadow over so many lives.
"On pages 4-7 you can read about how past conflict in the Philippines continues to impact lives. Taps, who is pictured below, was one of many children made to join the frontline as a child soldier who now faces prejudice and discrimination from neighbouring communities.
"It’s so sad to hear the stories of these young people. The fact that children, who should be protected and nurtured, have instead been subjected to violence and manipulation is heart-breaking. They’ve had their childhood stolen from them, but I’m proud of our work to reintegrate them into their communities and to give them hope for the future.
"Former child soldiers like Taps are so grateful for your support. Your continued generosity empowers volunteers to foster trust in communities, addressing marginalisation and aiding recovery. If you are able, please donate again today and help reach more victims of conflict. Thank you so much."
Chief Executive of VSO
04 Building lasting peace in the Philippines
08 Igniting change across the world
10 From scarcity to abundance: Sara’s journey in Bangladesh
12 Five things about Ethiopia
14 Access denied - Educating girls in Mozambique
16 Sponsor a Volunteer in Nepal
18 Remembering VSO Volunteer, Iris Fowler
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