SVA Update: Issue 1
A few words from the editor ...
It’s hard to believe that Student Volunteers Abroad is 15 years old this year. Since 1998 Student Volunteers Abroad has been changing the lives of individuals and communities in developing countries all round the world. From infrastructure to education, clean water to gender equality SVA have been at the frontline of positive change in places as diverse as Uganda and Nepal. Last year Student Volunteers Abroad sent 80 volunteers to 7 communities in Asia and Africa. We at Student Volunteers Abroad aim to make 2012-2013 our biggest year yet sending more volunteers to more communities. What better way to celebrate 15 years of development and cultural links.
As we are 15 we thought we’d also start acting our age and have decided to publish this monthly newsletter packed with all things SVA to show off our wisdom and maturity. With this newsletter we aim to keep you up to date with all the projects – past, present, and future – and give you features like profiles and interviews with our partners, alumni, project coordinators and our board.
We feel that our alumni members are as valuable as our current members and ask for your support through our new direct scheme were by alumni can continue their excellent international development work by supporting current and future projects. We hope to have this facility operational by the New Year. We also want to hear from alumni who want to let us know what they have been up to since they were rosie-cheeked student volunteers.
This first edition is a taster of things to come. We have a story from the dawn of time, by which we mean the founding of Student Volunteers Abroad on a rainy day back in 1998, an interview with Charlie Ager of the Scotland-Malawi Partnership, a feature on the hard work David Odali and the NGO Umunthu, a delightful Coordinator profile from Fiona Greenhalgh, and more SVA related news than you can shake a stick at. So enjoy and keep supporting Student Volunteers Abroad.
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SVA is a Scottish Registered Charity: No. SC 030081 c/o. University of Glasgow SRC, The John MacIntyre Building, University of Glasgow, GLASGOW, G12 8QQ