Like any devoted father, when Simon talks about his 10-year-old daughter Laurence, his eyes shine with pride. The little girl has had to overcome her fair share of battles having been born deaf in a country with limited provisions for children with disability. Simon was desperate to find the right place for Laurence to get an education and have a normal life.
Volunteer Jo Doyne is based in western Rwanda, supporting teachers to provide appropriate teaching to children with special needs. She talks to us about her work with Ngwino Nawe, a special needs school.
On a recent visit to Ethiopia, VSO’s Health Lead, Clive Ingleby, visited staff at Nigist Elleni Memorial (NEM) Hospital. Just one of the hospitals where VSO initiatives are saving young lives.
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.
Educating girls is one of the most powerful ways to reduce poverty, grow household incomes and improve gender equality.
Our latest research in Northern Uganda has uncovered shockingly negative attitudes to girls’ education held by families and even teachers. It highlights the extent of the challenge we face in getting today’s girls through school.
This week we’re celebrating 22-year-old Tania Tuzizila from Croydon, who’s travelling hundreds of miles to volunteer in Cambodia.
Tania is a former refugee from the DRC and is an aspiring midwife – but those aren’t the only things that make her special. She’ll be the 20,000th young person to volunteer through the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.
Graduation and finding a decent full time job were Bangladeshi Farah Moriam's expectations of 2015. But her life changed course when she became a national volunteer team leader on VSO’s International Citizen Service (ICS) programme, traded the capital for a rural village, and saw a new side to her home country.