VSO International announces closure of its Gambia office

VSO International announces closure of its Gambia office

VSO International - the development organisation which works through volunteers - will be ceasing operations in The Gambia from 30th June 2015. 

VSO has operated in The Gambia since 1960 where it has supported health, education and sustainable livelihood projects. These include the ‘MoBSE- VSO National Volunteer Teachers Programme’, which gives disadvantaged students from rural areas access to maths and science, and the ‘National Poverty Reduction Programme’, which trains hundreds of farmers in groundnut production. To date, VSO has placed over 2,000 volunteers in The Gambia who have created lasting change in the lives of many Gambians.

Whilst it has been a difficult decision for VSO International to close its Gambian operations, it is the natural end for many of the programmes and enables the work VSO started to be continued by local partners and communities.  

Donné Cameron, Director for Africa, VSO International said:

“VSO International is committed to working where we can make the biggest impact in fighting poverty. One out of every ten Gambians has been taught by a VSO International Volunteer, so we are incredibly proud of what we have achieved. It was a very hard decision to cease our operations here, but we believe the time is right for us to end our work in The Gambia. We have left a strong legacy and we know that our partners will continue to fight the root causes of poverty.

“We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the people, partners and Government of The Gambia for all their support and for ensuring that the people who were part of our work got the maximum impact from VSO’s programmes.”

For more information contact Claire Gilderson, VSO Press Office on claire.gilderson@vsoint.org  +44 [0]20 8780 7668, +44 7795 473 511 or out of hours +44 (0)7500 918 478 

Editor's notes

VSO International is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all. 

For more information visit www.vsointernational.org