Since 2020 the Suas International Volunteer Programme has been paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 we had to cancel the deployment of volunteers to India and Zambia. The programme was amended and volunteers took part at a distance on action projects for our partners in India, Kenya and Zambia, they volunteered with Age Action Ireland to help support older people access technology and took part in webinars on Global Citizenship Education.
While the programme continues to be paused in 2021, we continue to monitor the situation and re-invent parts of the programme. We will keep you up to date.
We work with partner organisations in some of the most disadvantaged and under resourced communities in Kolkata and the Sundarbans. Our partners run non-formal education programmes to reach children who aren’t attending government schools – because they are the first generation in their families to receive education, and because they are at high risk of early marriage and child labour. We’re on a mission to change that.
We work with children in a slum area called Kangemi – home to over 100,000 of Kenya’s most disadvantaged people. Children in Kangemi face a number of challenges – poor sanitation, a lack of clean water, few health services and a desperate need for education.
We work in some of the most disadvantaged and under resourced schools in Zambia. Girls and boys are being taught in bare rooms with little or no resources. Teachers struggle with classes of 100 or more schoolchildren. Literacy rates amongst Zambian schoolchildren are low – especially for girls. We’re on a mission to change that.