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
Sep 12, 2014

Introduction of Adult English Beginners' Course

Dear Supporter, 

Whilst continuing with our support of the primary schools in the Quepos region, the GVI team decided to introduce a once a week lesson on Wednesday evenings for adults in the community to learn som English.

One of our current interns spent a lot of time developing a highly successful six week adult course completely from scratch. Topics covered included introductions, numbers, simple verbs, family, places and daily routines. The sessions were led by the intern and supported by the volunteers who did one-on-ones with the students.

Although the course was aimed at beginners, we had a wide range of people attending, from students who study English at college, to adults who had never before had a chance to learn any English at all. It was heart-warming to see their determination as they returned week after week and slowly improved and progressed. The fact that they were coming because they wanted to, shows how important learning English is to the community. 

Everyone involved felt that these sessions were the biggest achievement in the programme over the last month and a half, leading to the planning of an expansion to two sessions a week. One of these evenings will be a repeat of the beginners’ course, while the other will be an intermediate course, which is also currently being developed from scratch by our dedicated intern. 

This has only be possible with your support. Thank you for continuing to believe in our program.

All the best

GVI Quepos

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Sep 12, 2014

"The Amazing Race" - Playa Fundraising Challenge

Dear Supporter,

On the 27th of June at 9:30am, 12 volunteers left the playa house excited and anxious, as they did not know what the day would bring them. They were told to wear running shoes, sunscreen and to bring water – nothing more, nothing less. They were escorted to the meeting point in two overcrowded collectivos buzzing with energy; the Amazing Race, Playa del Carmen edition was to start in 30 minutes.

A week prior, the volunteers were introduced to the idea of this year’s mini-challenge fundraising event. They were inspired with the idea of being able to help the community projects even more than they already had. Our volunteers have been generously giving their time by being on projects here physically; however, there are larger aspects that can be covered by monetary donations. Such things include replacing broken/ flimsy furniture for the children, supplying medicine or equipment for the vets, and scholarships for children whose mums work in the school (as their wage was paying for their child’s school fee, earning them little to no money).  As all of them have worked in the projects and had fallen in love with the people they were fundraising for, the fire burned even more and it motivated them to bring their cause to those back home.

This year, the staff organized a mini-race in the style of the popular television show, ‘The Amazing Race’. The lucky 12 were split into 4 groups; blue, green, red and yellow and the aim was to out-raise the other groups before the race, and to out-race the other groups on the day.

Friday aka. Race day arrived, and it was revealed that they raised $2,434.45 in 4 days; smashing the initial goal! They had successfully completed the first half of the challenge and with the air of excitement; they were ready to start the final part. Equipped with only 100 pesos ($8USD) they were to navigate their way around Playa del Carmen to “secret” locations and complete challenges. Except for the Yellow team who raised the most, who won an additional 20 pesos to their budget (less than $2USD, big spender!) and the lead start. The race was not going to be easy, but some teams found themselves lost for an hour or waiting for collectivos for 45 minutes.  The Blue team won with a time of 1 hour and 45 minutes, and the yellow team finishing at 3 hours and 10 minutes). Congratulations to teams Red and Green for spending ONLY 45 pesos in travel!

A special mention and thank you to our partners at the Save the Children ludoteca, Special needs School and Coco’s cat rescue for being a part of our locations in our race.

But most of all, a giant congratulations to our incredible 12; Beth, Lauren, Nandita, Julia, Freddy, Daisy, Dani, Kim, Katie, Alli and Hannah for all that you’ve done. It was a successful challenge, successful fundraise and an incredibly fun day that hopefully you all will remember for the rest of your lives. These funds will be added to those raised through GlobalGiving for the improvement of the Ludoteca, Equine Therapy and Integral Care Center in Playa del Carmen and Coco’s Cat Rescue; whether it is new equipment, furniture, supplies or scholarships. 

All the best

GVI Mexico

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Sep 12, 2014

Dia del Nino and Craft Fairs

Dear Supporter,

Last month all our project volunteers were very busy making crafts to sell at our Crafts Fair, a successful fundraiser we held last week. All the crafts were made by the students from our pre-school program and our volunteers. We were literally crafting machines! Parents showed support by donating baked goods to sell and we also had a raffle. All proceeds of the event were added to our sponsorship program fund. The Fair was very popular and we raised nearly a full years tuition for one graduate student to attend Escuela Futuro Verde in 2015. It was an enjoyable day for the community and everybody asked - "When's the next Crafts Fair!" So a lot of positive feed back and we're already planning another for the end of the year.

We also have a busy September planned. We just celebrated on September the 9th, "Dia del Nino" which is a day in Costa Rica to celebrate children. We had a really fun party for all our pre-school students, full of laughter and silliness! September 15th, is Costa Rican Independence Day. We have been busy preparing for our annual parade and parent presentation. All the students will wear "Ropa Tipica" which is typical traditional clothes and we will all sing the national anthem, the song for Independence Day and the students will demonstrate a traditional dance, then we'll have our parade in the village of Mal Pais. We'll finish with a collaboration lunch of "Comida Tipica" which is typical traditional food. It's a very colorful and  flavorful day and always lots of fun. We look forward to sharing photos with you all next month.

Many thanks to you all, for your continued interest and support with our community education project. We are very grateful and appreciative of the support. Together we are the change!

All the best,

Sonya Danchik

Project manager

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