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
Jan 26, 2015

Thank You for an Amazing 2014!

VIDAS - Free Spay and Neutering Clinic
VIDAS - Free Spay and Neutering Clinic

Dear Supporter,

Happy New Year! We hope 2015 is full of love and happiness for you, your family and friends.

With the first month of the year almost done (where has the time gone?!), now is a good time to reflect our past achievements and establish our goals for 2015.

2014 was a year of great highs and lows, from the panic of Ebola that was felt worldwide, to The Climate March having it's biggest turn out ever, showing that there is an increase in global consciousness about the future of our planet. The Charitable Trust was fortunate enough to see an increase in donor support which lead to us winning Global Giving’s “Most Popular” by having the most number of unique donors! A huge thank you to everyone that supported us last year and made this achievement possible!

Another highlight for us, was the success of our various in-field challenges as well as the Global Giving End of Year Campaign. The project we chose for the campaign was our Protect the Threatened White Rhino project in Limpopo, South Africa with the aim to assist cash-strapped game reserves with rangers and equipment they need to effectively protect the rhinos. Although we did not get to first place, we managed to climb all the up to 11th position out of 308 projects and received a $500 bonus on top to the $7,091 raised!

Our in-field challenges surpassed our expectations with Chiang Mai smashing their target, followed closely by Nepal, Cape Town, Seychelles and Playa del Carmen! Our team in Chiang Mai hosted a 48 hour Wilderness Sleep-out in order to raise money to keep our elephants in the forest and out of tourist camps as well as funds going to help bring more of the camp elephants back into the forest. We managed to raise an amazing £2,832.29 113% above the set target! 

Going into 2015, our teams are becoming increasingly creative in their ways to raise money for their projects. Our team in India is in full swing planning their “Sweaty Bums for Slums” challenge, where the crew will be cycling from West to East India, (over 1000km!!) starting at Kerala on the Arabian Sea and finishing in Chennai. The funds raised from this challenge will go towards building new houses for families living in shacks in the Santhom slum. To find more about this crazy challenge, head on over to the team page over here.

One of our goals for 2014 was centered on our animal welfare projects which were just launched at the end of 2013. We are proud to announce that our partner VIDAS in Playa del Carmen, broke their record in 2014 by spaying and neutering 1,613 domestic animals in 6 days! In 2015, we hope to keep up with this incredible momentum and continue raising awareness on good pet practices and animal care.

One of our new projects that we are looking forward to seeing grow in 2015 is our Whale Shark Program in Thailand in conjunction with our partners Shark Guardian. We have already kicked the year off to a good start by writing and printing a code of conduct to change the diving practices of southern Thailand dive shops. The posters have the Shark Guardian certification and will let potential divers know that they are choosing an ethical company, committed to the protection of these incredible creatures. This is a big first step in the journey to a brighter future for our whale sharks!

Thank you for continuing to support the GVI Charitable Trust, we could not have achieved such incredible results without you! Here’s to another amazing year, brimming with potential to change the world.

All the best

The Chartiable Trust

48 hour Wilderness Sleep-out Challenge
48 hour Wilderness Sleep-out Challenge

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Jan 15, 2015

Continuing to support SSPCA

Dear Supporter,

2014 was a particularly successful year, with the GVI Curieuse staff and volunteers managing to fundraise close to $1000 from two charity events! Both events were huge successes not only in terms of the money that was raised, but also in terms of the amount of fun that was had by all who were involved.

In March we ran our first event called ‘Curieuse Monopoly’ - a real life version of the board game set on our beautiful tropical island. Volunteers and staff were split into 4 teams and had to compete in tasks, challenges and questions at various locations around the island. They could earn (and lose) cash, properties or move places up the rankings based on how well they completed the tasks, and winning the overall challenge depended on cash, properties owned, and a final Pub Quiz round. The group were able to fundraise loads from this one event thanks to very generous donations from people all around the world.

In August, our second event was organised, this time it was ‘Curieuse Crystal Maze’ - an updated version of the popular 1990s TV show. Three teams competed with one another in various tasks (Mental, Physical, Skill) at differing locations around the island with the aim to complete the challenge and win ‘Curieuse Crystals’. Each ‘Curieuse Crystal’ bought the team 5 seconds in ‘The Curieuse Tent’ to collect as many silver tokens (avoiding the paper ones) as possible, ultimately leading us to an overall winner. Again, the fundraising target was easily broken with very generous donations from friends, family members and kind people from all over the globe.

Both events were huge successes, and have meant that we are able to continue to support SPPCA as best we can. We will be using the funds raised from 2014 to purchase vital drugs and equipment for the SSPCA ‘Sterilisation Kits’ that are used during their very popular Sterilisation Programme Clinics. These take place on Mahe and Praslin island at various times of the year and are supported by volunteer veterinary staff from overseas and from within the Seychelles.

The GVI staff and volunteers are all very proud and happy to continue to work with such a brilliant organisation and to continue to contribute as best we can to their amazing and unique work. We hope that our excellent fundraising efforts can continue throughout 2015 with more exciting, fun and successful fundraising events.

All the best

GVI Seychelles

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Jan 13, 2015

Navotua Village

Dear Supporter,

In the remote Yasawan village of Navotua on the northern shore of Nacula island, GVI volunteers conducted in-depth household surveys and an extensive assessment of the existing rainwater tanks available for the collection and storage of drinking water. From these results, volunteers used donations to carry out basic maintenance on broken rainwater harvesting systems such as repairing the church guttering and creating better drainage around water sources.

The GVI team increased the overall available rainwater holding capacity in Navotua village by 15,000 litres through the donation and installation of Rainwater harvesting systems at the primary school and the village community hall.

After the construction was complete GVI volunteers delivered training workshops on tank cleaning and maintenance to the youth group in order to help the community to sustain and maintain their own rainwater harvesting systems without outside intervention. All of the village youth participated in the cleaning of all of the tanks within the village to prepare for the rainy season, to ensure all water collected would be clean and safe to drink.  

Thank you for supporting this project.

All the best

GVI Fiji

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