Blogs by Nick Adie
Volunteering overseas is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It will change the way you see the world. Here are just a few ways it can leave its mark…
Education is a direct route out of poverty. But for children with disabilities, access to a classroom is often denied. In Africa, it is estimated that less than one in ten children with disabilities attends primary school.
Mary Loureth Carnable is a disability specialist volunteering with VSO in Ghana as part of VSO’s ‘Tackling Education Needs Inclusively’ (TENI) project. The project aims at ensuring vulnerable children such as girls and children with disabilities have access to an education. Last year the TENI project reached over 17,000 children in Northern Ghana, including 1,200 children with disabilities.
Ans Ohms is a Dutch midwife and volunteer in Cambodia. She is supporting the development of midwife training across six hospitals. Thanks to these improvements, over 10,000 pregnant women have already benefited. Furthermore, she is assisting in the development of course material that will support the training of 120 midwives every year. The impact of her efforts is already felt and thanks to Ans, mothers here have a better chance of a safe delivery and a healthier future.
All of these people decided to volunteer overseas expecting challenges, adventure and to make a difference. On top of all that, they found each other – proof that love can find you where you least expect it.
Catherine Bedford is VSO volunteer, working as a Psychiatric Nurse in Papua New Guinea where the rates of violence against women are amongst the highest in the world for a country not a war. She’s delivering psychological first aid and trauma counselling to survivors often with the barebones of tools and resources. Here are a selection of personal snaps and thoughts that detail her life on the Island.
We take a look at some very special educators around the world who are going the extra mile to support and improve the learning and development of young people around the world.
The rates of violence against women in Papua New Guinea are amongst the highest in the world for a country not at war. In the highland regions virtually every women suffers from domestic violence and throughout the country a shocking one of every two women has been raped. Councillor Peterson Kalip and Apelis Kunubake are two men trying to put an end to this.