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Nepal faces a long road to recovery following the massive earthquakes that caused such devastation in 2015.
Your generous response to our emergency appeal - to the tune of £675,000, has already helped us make a difference to thousands of vulnerable people whose lives were shattered by the disaster.
As we wave goodbye to a year that has seen tragedy and terror, it’s worth reminding ourselves that for every awful global event, there have been many acts, on a small and large scale, that remind us of the power and generosity of the human spirit
Has the work that I have done here in Nepal been successful? Have I made a difference?
After many years of teaching in Devon, UK, VSO volunteer Ann Marcer recently completed her placement in Lamjung, Nepal where she has been working on a project to encourage more girls to attend and stay at school. Here Ann takes a look back at what has been achieved with the schools and teachers involved in the project.
Daphne De Souza is currently volunteering as a Policy Adviser at the Ministry of Education in the Government of Nepal. Daphne has been a VSO volunteer since February 2014. Following the recent earthquakes Daphne decided to stay in Nepal and continue her important work.
I visited Nepal last month to see how VSO colleagues have been supporting communities struck by the terrible earthquakes three months ago. I was blown away – both by the incredible efforts of volunteers, and the results we are already seeing thanks to the generosity of caring VSO supporters who allowed us to double the scale of our work in the country when it mattered most.
As UK Volunteers’ Week celebrates its 30th anniversary from 1 to 7, June, VSO Volunteer Community Health Nurse, Cath Nixon, writes about her 30th birthday in March, which she spent flying back to Nepal after speaking at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.
“And what about you Mum – when are you going to volunteer?” - This question from her second son Thom in an email home from Rwanda where he was volunteering, was the push that Yvonne Lee needed to realise her long-held ambition to take her teaching skills to a developing country.
Angela Salt visited Nepal at the beginning of May to see our work and meet VSO volunteers. Read about her experiences.