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
Jul 17, 2012

Field Trip to Mariposario!

A two week school vacation was coming up and the team in Quepos wanted to do something special for the kids in El Cocal. There is such a wealth of exciting opportunities here in Manuel Antonio, right on their doorstep, that these kids do not get a chance to experience. So we decided to organize a field trip! We got in touch with the ‘Refugio de Vida Silvestre and Mariposario’ which is a private wildlife reserve funded and operated by the Si Como No resort right here in Manuel Antonio. We explained our project and they very kindly offered us free entry and a personalized guided tour. The property consists of a 25 acre reserve boasting the same plant and animal life as the Manuel Antonio National Park. They also have a butterfly garden and reptile lagoon consisting of rescued, caiman, crocodiles and tortoises.

Once the kids got wind of the idea we knew it would be a success as in the weeks leading up to the trip, every day in the centre they would ask ‘vamos al mariposario manana?  We had such a good response that we had to organize 3 trips so that everyone could go. The first day we took 1st and 2nd graders, the second 3rd and 4th and the third 5th and 6th and even some kids in high school asked if they could come and how could we say no.

In the week leading up to the trip the community centre activities were very much focused on butterflies and nature activities. The volunteers were just as excited as the kids and put together some great activities for each day. Each excursion was lead by a team of 4 volunteers, they organized age appropriate activities for each group based on what they would learn and observe during the trip. We had art projects, creative writing, word searches, quizzes, butterfly life cycle games…

A total of 44 kids attended over the 3 days! We were even accompanied by some of the children’s family members, which was great way to strengthen our bonds within the community and share a lovely day out together. These kinds of activities can only serve to make our program more integrated within the community itself and we hope to develop similar extracurricular activities in the future.

The staff at the refugio were absolutely fabulous, giving us their time and expertise. We are hoping to collaborate with the future. http://www.wildliferefugecr.com/

Jul 17, 2012

Farewell!

This month GVI Cape Town said goodbye to Teaching Coordinator Melanie Welfare and Childcare Coordinator Tilda Christensson. Both of them played valuable roles within the Gordon’s Bay team and achieved a huge amount along the way.

Tilda came to Cape Town as a volunteer in September 2011. With her strong passion and enthusiasm she was welcomed to the staff team in January as Gordon’s Bay Childcare Coordinator. Tilda provided great support to our volunteers and built strong relationships with our project partners which within a short space of time helped her make a lot of progress at her project sites. One of her biggest achievements was a Construction Day at Grade R where she led a team of volunteers and staff to give the nursery building a colourful makeover.

Mel started with GVI in June 2010 in the Cape Town office before being drafted to the Gordon’s Bay field team in July 2011. As a trained teacher Mel brought a wealth of knowledge and initiated some great new programs for the ACJ Primary School. One of her greatest achievements was the planning and leading of the large Library project where the team of GVI staff and some volunteers renovated the unused space to transform it into a fully functioning library. The children and teachers have benefitted from it enormously. A great support to her colleagues, Mel will be dearly missed amongst the Cape Town team.

Mel and Tilda epitomise the passionate and dedicated people who work for GVI. Coming from different backgrounds and with varied experience, they are an example of how anyone with the heart and will to succeed can achieve so much.

Jul 13, 2012

Bi-Annual Science Report

As we see the end of the first 6 months of 2012 GVI Seychelles is now ready to produce it’s bi-annual science report, containing information on all the surveys and research conducted over the past 6 months.  With the help and hard work of the GVI Seychelles staff and volunteers we have managed to survey 12 Core research sites on the reefs surrounding North-West Mahe.  This includes surveying over 34,938m of coral reefs!!

Volunteers joining the GVI Seychelles expedition over the past 6 months were assigned to either fish, corals or inverts, throughout the early weeks of their expedition they were taught to identify and survey a selection of target species which have been chosen by our projects partners, each one giving valuable information about the health of the coral reefs around Mahe. 

During the past six months we have collected data on the density and diversity of commercial and reef fish species, the percentage of benthic cover (sessile organisms living on the reef), density and diversity of invertebrates on the reefs and diversity and abundance of coral genera.  In addition to these main aims we have also collected numerous plankton samples to assist with ongoing whale shark research within the Seychelles and recorded interesting data on turtle behavior within the Bay Ternay Marine Park.

All of the information collected in the past 6 months will be sent to our project partners within the Seychelles, which
include, The Seychelles National Parks Authority, Seychelles Fishing Authority and Marine Conservation Society Seychelles.  In the past this data has been used by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, which produces publications detailing reef health around the world. 

As we look back over the past 6 months we are able to see the magnitude and importance of the data collected by the staff and volunteers of GVI Seychelles.  Only through the education and research provided by projects such as GVI are we able to see the how crucial conservation and management of marine protected areas is in ensuring the sustainability and health of Coral reefs surrounding the Islands of the Seychelles.

If you would like further information on the research carried out by GVI Seychelles please visit the website http://www.gvi.co.uk/programs/marine-conservation-seychelles-expedition

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