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
Mar 3, 2015

New Toilets and a Jungle Gym Charity Challenge!

Mmakadi Creche
Mmakadi Creche

Dear Supporter,

Thank you for your support on one of our newest projects in Limpopo, South Africa. As you know, this project aims to further support Mmakadi Crèche in the local village of Oaks. We have been working closely with the crèche for well over a year now on various education initiatives and fundraising activities. 

Towards the end of last year, we teamed up with our volunteers to help replace the simple bucket toilets the staff and children were using which were presenting a range of hygiene issues. With fundraising over the last few months, including a major shave-a-thon and some impressive plumbing skills from one of our volunteers, we are proud to announce that there are now TWO flush toilets operating at the crèche. Our volunteers also decided to add art to the project by making an animal themed sign for Mmakadi.

Our next project is to build a wood-pole jungle gym for the children. Thanks to your funds we will be starting construction on the 15th of March as part of our latest Charity Challenge. The GVI staff and volunteers, under the supervision of a local community builder, will be putting the jungle gym together for the children. Volunteers will be raising funds to participate in the challenge, as an additional funding source for the future needs of Mmakadi.

It is our hope to continue making vital improvements to the education facility through donations from this project, so that we can have a bigger impact on the learning environment and working conditions at Mmakadi.

Thank you again for your support.

All the best.

GVI Limpopo

Two New Flush Toilets
Two New Flush Toilets

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Mar 2, 2015

Sweaty Bums For Slums Challenge!

Eco-toilet construction
Eco-toilet construction

Dear Supporter,

Can you believe we are in March already!? 2015 is starting to gain momentum and we plan to ride that wave to success!

In our last update, we spoke about our volunteers building 3 eco-toilets for the Santhom slum. We now have 5 that are being trailed by the community before a further 20 are to be built by future volunteers. These toilets are made from wooden boxes with a bucket underneath that is emptied into larger compost bins. A very simple system that we hope will one day replace the current communal toilet that drains directly into the river that flows through the Santhom slum.

On the construction side, we have a very exciting fundraising event coming up! The GVI India Team will be saddling up for a 300km bike ride! They have aptly named the event “Sweaty Bums for Slums” and they will be sweating it up for a good cause for 5 intense days in April. The fundraiser will see our volunteers and team members cycle through Kochi, Allepey, Cherai Beach, Tripayar and more Keralan countryside’s and villages.

The team hopes to raise enough money to buy new houses for families living in shacks in a local Kerala slum. A single house costs £3000 to build and we hope to build as many as possible from this epic cycle challenge! If you would like to donate to this cause, click here for the Global Giving donation page.

Thank you for your continued support on this project.

All the best.

GVI India

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Mar 2, 2015

Building a Future for Roncador Primary School

Rondacor Fundraiser
Rondacor Fundraiser

Dear Supporter, 

In December we held a fundraising event in local restaurant to raise funds for the GVI Charitable Trust, with our current goal to build a cafeteria for a small local elementary school called Roncador Primary School. This school is in the countryside and it has plenty of students but not enough physical space for all the school’s needs.  In order to keep government funding for the school lunch program (often a student’s main meal of the day), it is required to cook and serve the food on the school premises, but Roncador School does not have a cafeteria. To keep serving lunches, the resourceful staff at the school decided to divide one of the 3 classrooms into half cafeteria, half classroom, and rework the schedule to have multiple grade levels together in other classrooms to ensure space for all. While an amazing show of resourcefulness and positive solutions to a negative situation, the situation is far from ideal for learning.  In essence, one of the classrooms is divided by a thin wooden half-height folding divider; one side there is a teacher trying to teach the special education students – those  that have the most trouble learning -- and on the other side is the cafeteria where there are more than 20 kids eating, shouting and doing their prayers before eating. 

As one 11 year-old student wrote in her thank you card to all the Charitable Trust donors who are helping us to reach our goal, “I think we need a cafeteria because when we are receiving classes, the other kids are saying the prayer and it interrumpts us a lot and we interrumpt them too. For that reason, we need a cafeteria and also because it is better for the cafeteria lady and she is my aunt.” The school has been saving money from their small infrastructure budget as well as hosting events like the extremely popular Costa Rican bingo fundraisers, but they still need another US $10,000 to have enough to build the cafeteria.  Cue GVI…!

The volunteers thought it was an important project to raise the money to build the school a cafeteria so they do not have to try to learn while others are eating simultaneously.  We have been invited to work with Roncador School starting next year, where they are incredibly excited about the possibility of working with volunteers, practicing English with native speakers and doing fun workshops.  Knowing all of this, our stellar volunteers took the project to heart.  While most GVI projects typically raise funds for Charitable Trust projects using online donation campaigns, this group went one step further and also organized a local event, to raise awareness about GVI’s work and the situation at Roncador, and encourage locals and visitors to get involved.  

The fundraiser project is called “Brick by Brick: Un Comedor (a cafeteria) for Roncador”, with donors writing their names on “bricks” to put up on the brick wall poster that volunteers made; once the cafeteria is built GVI will paint a real brick wall with donor names into the design of the cafeteria.  After making hand-drawn flyers andposters, walking from business to business to ask for donations for the silent auction, making gorgeous decorations with the kids from Roncador to transform the restaurant, preparing a Karaoke show, rehearsing, and prepping the event site, volunteers and staff were exhausted but so motivated.They put on a fabulous event with a silent auction, karaoke and salsa lessons, where people had fun, GVI’s work here was showcased, the dire situations in schools was discussed, and,most importantly for this project, many donations were brought in – the event raised nearly $1400!  While we still have a ways to go to reach our goal of $10,000, we are now one step closer to building the cafeteria for Roncador..

To see the school for yourself and learn more about the project, check out this short video:

http://vimeo.com/111556642

Thank you for supporting this project and microproject!

All the best

GVI Quepos

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