When confronted with images of poverty your natural instinct is to want to send money. As a charity we do need your money, however, we have a different approach. We invest and use that money to send people. Find out more
In Mozambique, HIV & AIDS has left behind thousands of orphans. With no one to provide for them, they miss out on basic necessities like food, shelter and healthcare. The natural response is to send money to provide those things. Instead, VSO sends volunteers to give the orphans job training, so they can provide for themselves. Find out more
In India 70 million people face discrimination because of their disabilities. Mobility aids like crutches, prosthetics and wheelchairs help them, but real empowerment comes from the confidence and self-belief that VSO volunteers like Georgina Chetwynd are helping to instill. Find out more
VSO is different from most organisations that fight poverty.
Instead of sending money or food, we bring people together to share skills and knowledge.
In doing so we create lasting change.
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From May 11th, for the next five weeks, a new article about VSO’s work - commissioned and editorially controlled by the Guardian - will be uploaded on Guardian.co.uk.
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