Suas Volunteer Programme: Meet Our International Partners

Internationally we work primarily with in-country, community, non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

All of our international partnerships are based on mutual respect and understanding; giving our volunteers an opportunity to work with some truly inspirational, change-making organisations.

Working in collaboration with local NGOs means that our volunteers can both learn from and help build on existing strengths. We provide our partners with technical support in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of education programmes.

We also focus on building the capacity and skills of our partners staff. We achieve this through tailored organisational development initiatives - such as our Fast Forward Programme. We also help identify direct funding opportunities for partners so that these valuable programmes can continue and sustain into the future!

Development Action Society, DAS

Suas Educational Development international partner, Purabi Roy & the late Sheela Sengupta , founders of DAS

Purabi Roy & the late Sheela Sengupta, founders of DAS

Development Action Society or DAS is a community based NGO working in 25 communities in West Bengal. DAS was founded in 1989 by Purabi Roy and the late Sheela Sengupta, social workers from Kolkata.

DAS have an extraordinary relationship with local communities in the area and focus on access and quality education for all children.

The Suas and DAS partnership began in 2002 and we work together to design and implement quality education programmes to ensure all children have the opportunity to realise their potential.

Sabuj Sangha

Suas Educational Development international partners showing schoolboy Hasif at entrance of Sabuj Sangha

Schoolboy Hasif at entrance of Sabuj Sangha

Sabuj Sangha is a community based NGO working in West Bengal. Established in 1975 in Nandakumarpur, a small rural village in the Sundarbans.

Sabuj Sangha have grown into a vibrant organisation now serving a community of over 500,000 people. The organisation continues to be firmly rooted in the local community with their primary focus being on empowerment and sustainability.

The Suas and Sabuj Sangha partnership began in 2004 and together we work to design and implement quality education programmes.

Thought Shop Foundation

Suas Educational Development, International Partner Thoughtshop Foundation Logo

Thoughtshop Foundation Logo

The Thoughtshop Foundation is a non-profit, social communication organisation based in New Alipore, Kolkata. They're  dedicated to creating new and effective ways of dealing with social issues with an aim to educate, motivate and initiate change.

They train and support local youth mentors as facilitators of various social projects and empower them to become self -sustaining agents of change within their own communities.

In 2015 Suas began working with Thoughtshop in an extra-curricular capacity. 2017 was the first year of a dedicated Suas and Thoughtshop Team.

Gatoto Integrated Development Programme

Suas Educational Developmen, international partner Gatoto School

Betty Nyagoha, manager of Gatoto School

Gatoto Integrated Development Programme is a primary school serving over 1,000 children in the Mukuru Kwa Reuben slum in the industrial area of Nairobi, Kenya.

Founded by the local community in 1999 it is now recognised as one of the foremost schools in Kenya for academic achievement. 

Gatoto also has a strong extra-curricular ethos with most of the children involved in activities outside of school hours. The Suas and Gatoto partnership began in 2004 and we work closely together to provide quality education to the children of Mukuru.