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Annual report 2012-3

VSO's annual report for 2012/13 is now available along with a short film outlining our successes over the past year.. Find out about our key achievements and how we've built on our strengths and experiences to make an even bigger difference to people's lives.  
Annual report (PDF)

Sharing skills and saving lives

VSO volunteer Chris Jary, a UK doctor, worked in a severely under-resourced district hospital in Masindi, Uganda. It is meant to have 11 doctors (including Chris) – but it had just four - serving a population of around 500,000 people - some of whom live up to 80 miles away.

Missi’s story

See the story of how single father of three, Missi, survived TB in Uganda through the help of VSO's volunteers. The TB programme they set up to spread lifesaving skills in and around the slums of the Ugandan capital Kampala has been incredibly successful. It's seen a dramatic reduction in the TB death rate in the area and has enabled families like Missi's to live in less fear of dying from the disease. Watch Missi's story

Cocoa Life: Helping farmers get better at business

Helping female farmers get better at business: Read how Juliana has been able to dramatically increase her sales and productivity thanks to the Cocoa Life programme in Ghana. Juliana's story

HRH The Princess Royal opens VSO's new HQ in Kingston
HRH The Princess Royal officially opens VSO head office

We were delighted to welcome our patron, HRH the Princess Royal as she officially opened our new UK HQ in Kingston recently. Pictured are VSO Chief Executive, Marg Mayne; HRH The Princess Royal; VSO UK Director Angela Salt OBE and VSO Chair, Sir Andrew Cubie. Check out a video of the visit here

VSO volunteer David Atherton, THET programme, St Lukes Hospital, Malawi
Meet VSO

Please join us to find out about volunteering abroad as a skilled professional with VSO. These sessions aim to bring volunteering with VSO to life. You'll hear from returned skilled professionals, giving a personal account of what it’s really like to be a VSO volunteer.  Register here

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About VSO

VSO is an international development charity. Our volunteers work with local organisations that serve poor people. They help give children a future through education. They improve the standards of care in hospitals. They train poor people in the skills they need to earn a living. Our volunteers do whatever needs to be done to break down the barriers that trap people in poverty.

Local partnerships

Our volunteers work with over 1,000 organisations in the developing world – from community groups to governments. Read about our local partners

Working with businesses

VSO has something unique to offer you as a corporate partner. Because with our 50 years of development experience, you can proudly claim to be part of a long-term responsible solution that’s changing people’s lives around the world.

Find out how VSO's corporate partners, including Kraft and Accenture, benefit from partnering with us.

Could employee volunteering or employee fundraising benefit your business too?