Children with disabilities in Northern Ghana are often neglected. The community isn’t sure how to best support them, meaning many are ignored, left out of school and mistreated.
Alphonsine loves her job as a special needs teacher, but without proper training she was struggling to turn her classroom at Ngwino Nawe into a dynamic and engaging space. That all changed after receiving support from a VSO volunteer.
Any visitor to Joseph’s house will soon know all about his 12-year-old daughter, Olivenne. Joseph proudly displays the school report cards which show that, despite being born deaf, Olivenne is progressing well.
After decades of teaching in the UK, married couple Sandra and John Ford looked to Africa for their next challenge. They enjoyed their experience with VSO in Tanzania so much that they’ve re-volunteered in Rwanda to help the government develop a new inclusive curriculum and raise standards in schools nationwide.
VSO works with IBM to send groups of employees to developing countries to use technology, business and talent to solve social problems. IBM’s Corporate Service Corp (CSC) has recently been to Bangalore in Karnataka, India’s Silicon Valley. Amongst their many projects, a sub‐team were supporting Enable India, an organisation which strives to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Salvador Segura‐Ortega is part of IBM’s global HR team, located in Mexico City. Taking part in CSC, supporting people with disabilities, had an extra special meaning for Salvador, as he too has a physical disability.
British Member of Parliament (MP) Kate Green recently returned from a volunteering work placement with VSO Rwanda. Since 2005, the Parliamentary Volunteering programme has been placing Parliamentarians to work with our country offices and partners on high-level advocacy and capacity building.
VSO volunteer Advocacy Advisor Kate Turner blogs about her time as an official Youth Blogger covering the UN Department of Public Information and NGO Conference.
Marking the first birthday of her wonderful blog, Kate Turner, a VSO volunteer working to advance the human rights of disabled people in Rwanda, writes about her blogging motivations, offers tips to prospective bloggers and details the wonderful and unexpected benefits of blogging.
Sarah Brown recently visited VSO’s TENI (Tackling Education Needs Inclusively) project in Ghana. TENI is funded by Sport Relief and working through VSO volunteers the project is improving the quality of education of more than 50,000 girls and disabled children in Northern Ghana.
We’re all following the Paralympics here in the VSO media team, not least because of the story we blogged about here earlier this week – Rwanda’s sitting volleyball team and the VSO volunteer that helped them get to London 2012.