Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Working with local grassroots charities and NGOs in 20 countries across the globe, the Global Vision International (GVI) Charitable Trust manages and fund-raises for numerous long-term programs. These further the works of of our local partners and aim to alleviate poverty, illiteracy, environmental degradation and climate change through: education; nutrition; conservation and capacity building. Our work focuses upon 3 key objectives, Awareness of global issues, Direct impact upon those issues on a local and global basis, and Empowerment of our alumni, be them our community members, staff, volunteers, fundraisers or donors, to continue impacting on key global issues independently
Nov 25, 2014

Marine Turtle Conservation in Action

Dear Supporter, 

The turtle project in Jalova monitors the hatching success rate of nests marked by the GVI staff and volunteers during the green turtle nesting season (June to November) on a three mile stretch of beach. 

The typical life cycle of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) starts with an egg laid and buried, amongst hundreds of other eggs, and hundreds of other nests,on the beach at Tortuguero on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. If lucky, that egg hatches and a turtle hatchling makes its way into the ocean. Many years later, that same hatchling, now grown in to an adult female, returns to the same beach and lays her own  nest. In this case, that night was 12 August 2014 and that beach just happened to fall within the area survey by volunteers and staff of GVI’s Jalova Research Station. On that same night there was a group of poachers in the Tortuguero area. Poaching turtles nests for eggs is still a fairly common practice on Costa Rica´s Caribbean beaches, and one of the reasons having the beach as a protected area, where research programs combined with patrols by park rangers greatly discourage poaching, is so important to the protection of these nests.  Poaching activity within the national park and protected areas is much lower than on unpatrolled/unprotected beaches. On this particular evening, the poachers dug up the nest of the female turtle (and a number of other nests) and removed the eggs for personal consumption and to sell locally. Turtle eggs have long been considered both an aphrodisiac and a delicacy in this region as well as other parts of Costa Rica, and black market sale of those eggs still occurs in many places.

The 12th of August was a busy night on the Tortuguero beach, as the TNP Rangers were conducting one of their regular night patrols. They came across the poachers and found over 900 fresh turtle eggs in hessian sacks.  As it is currently illegal to disturb the turtle nests and remove eggs for consummation or resale, the rangers arrested the poachers and took possession of the turtle eggs.

The turtle eggs would not survive outside their nest; and in fact the longer the eggs remain outside the nest the less likely embryos will develop to hatchlings. In the first 24 hours of the eggs existence, the embryo attaches itself to the shell. Movements and changes in the temperature can cause the embryo to fail. Knowing that the confiscated eggs were in danger, the rangers therefore contacted GVI Jalova´s turtle project leader Renato Bruno (aka Chief) and asked if there was anything that could be done to save the potential turtles.        

GVI Jalova has been working successfully with the TNP Rangers for over ten years. The rangers are very familiar Jalova´s turtle conservation project (in partnership with the Sea Turtle Conservancy) and work closely with GVI on many different conservation and education initiatives, even having  GVI staff  accompany them on patrols; particularly in turtle nesting season when jaguar predation of marine turtles (studied by GVI) is at its peak and the beach is adorned with hundreds of hatchling tracks. GVI staff were happy to answer the call and assist the rangers with the eggs.

The success rate of Green Turtle hatchlings making it to adulthood is about one in a thousand. This is why it is so important and encouraging that the partnership GVI Jalova has with the TNP Rangers resulted in the successful incubation and hatching of the turtles. 

On reaching the ocean the hatchlings they made it will have many other obstacles to avoid if they are to make it adulthood; but we are hopeful that for some they do live happily ever after. 

Thank you for your support.

GVI Jalova

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Nov 25, 2014

Day of the Dead 2014 with Save the Children

Dear Supporter, 

Celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November is an event that dates back from pre-Columbian times; Day of the Dead, or “Dia de los Muertos”. Although the name is suggestive, and it’s timing very similar, Dia de los Muertos is not at all similar to the celebrations of gory Halloween. It is actually a very special, beautiful ritual, where the living remembers their departed relatives lovingly. 

Xcaret Park in Playa del Carmen honors this great tradition by celebrating the Festival of Life and Death Traditions every year on October 30th and 31st and on November 1st and 2nd. Xcaret provides families from all around the world including locals the opportunity to partake in activities exclusive to these days. This includes: the Hanal Pixan ritual (food for the souls), cuisine of the region, workshops, crafts, gifts and altars, visual arts exhibitions, theater, dance and gala concerts. As a large sponsor of development of boys and girls with Save the Children in Quintana Roo, they invited the children from the Ludotecas to come participate and enjoy these activities for themselves absolutely free. 

50 children in total from the 2 remaining Ludotecas in Playa del Carmen partook in two dif-ferent activities organized by Xcaret. The first was a march down 5th Avenue, the main tourist strip/ popular spot in Playa del Carmen. Children from the Ludotecas and local schools from all around the city dressed up in white, with their face painted in the traditional style singing and marching to a catchy tune. 

The second event took place the very next day where 2 volunteers and staff accompanied 3 parents and 2 ludotecarias and 30 children to the giant Xcaret theme park. The group was split into two and they each went to separate activities in the park. They all had a memorable time, however, the best moment of the day as commented by many was the amazing face painting done to our very own volunteer by 5- year-old Andres.

Because of the little number of supervisors from Save the Children, the staff and volunteers we provided were essential to ensure these activities proceeded as planned for the enjoyment of the children. Thank you for supporting this project and allowing these children to experience all that other children in the region would have been able to.

All the best

GVI Mexico

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Nov 25, 2014

'Hunt for HART'

Dear Supporter, 

Our focus this month was to run a mini challenge fundraiser for our new project partners, HART. HART stands for Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust and aims to improve the lives of animals in Nepal. HART’s first base was set up in Pokhara and they have since set up a new base in Chitwan with the government veterinary hospital. Animal welfare is a low priority in Nepal. Dogs roam the streets in packs, foraging for food on rubbish heaps, fighting, mating and giving birth in conditions of squalor and disease. Rabies is prevalent throughout the area.  Animals die painfully from infected wound, traffic accidents, untreated tumors and diseases or are culled by local authorities with strychnine. 

HART had told us that they really needed help with purchasing a new medical cabinet, a stainless steel operating table and to refurbish the HART vehicle. We have spoken to HART about the funds and they would like to purchase a new operating table. Presently, HART is using a folding plastic table which works very well when they are performing clinics or camps but when at the center a more stable hygienic table is required.

HART relocated to a new facility in September. Once they are settled in the new table will be purchased so that HART can continue helping to eradicate rabies, help injured or sick animals and help to reduce the street dog population humanely.

Thank you for supporting this cause.

All the best

GVI Nepal

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