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
Aug 7, 2012

SDPY

Julia is a current volunteer out in Kerala, showing us just what a difference a few donations can make to this project. Here is her update straight from the field .

SDPY is a school set in an idyllic environment in Kerala, India. Every morning my breath is taken away when the gorgeous backwaters open up in front of me - white birds standing gracefully in the reeds, Chinese fishing nets raised high, fishermen peacefully rowing their boats on the still waters. And then, opening the gates to SPDY, the action starts - beaming faces of children excitedly yelling 'Good Morning Miss' combined with head wobbles of teachers bustling to keep their students in some kind of order.

It is also a school with very few resources where classrooms have empty walls, where lined paper is a commodity, and the exercise ground is pretty much a mud patch. When we had an introductory class with the teachers of SDPY we spoke about GVI Kerala, why we are here and what our aspirations are. We were warmly met, and when we asked the teachers what they wished for they said a Globe would be nice.

The classes can be up to 59 students strong in a hall with three classes separated by wooden planks. And the teachers, naturally, struggle to keep every student motivated and focused. Can you imagine teaching a class of 59 five year olds? And on top of that, giving special attention to those who are struggling or need extra help? Not an easy task. Our volunteers are there for the teachers, taking students who are struggling out of the class, giving them focused attention, encouragement, and, of course. Stickers

GVI has worked with SDPY school since 2011 and is still a fledgling project - building resources takes time, and it is a process that needs to take time. Building relationships with the community members and reinforcing positivity are important building blocks to set a stable foundation and maintain a good working relationship. We are all just human, and without that connection we have nothing to build on.  I am happy to be here, and have hopes for this place. I know it will be a challenge and I know it will take time, effort, probably a whole lot of sweat and maybe some tears. But I know it will be worth it and I know we will get there together!

Aug 7, 2012

Clean Water

We have managed to keep our food and fruit program going in Guatemala, providing fresh fruit and breakfast to over 500 children on a daily basis. When you look at the bigger picture, that is over 125,000 pieces of fruit a year that we rely on funding – which is a great deal, although the benefits far outweigh the financial burden! We have also added into the scheme daily fresh water as well, so that the children have access to drinking water, which is something that they do not have at home; usually they drink from a communal tap, or from water collected from central depots.

Through all of your generous donations we aim to make this sustainable, so that the children get clean drinking water like they deserve. The difference that just a few donations can make to this project is huge – it is obvious so see the benefits to all of these children.

We thank you all!

Aug 6, 2012

Babooning Around!

This awesome update comes straight from the field, from one of our volunteers Rachel...

It’s not every day you get to see something that you know is going to be an image that stays with you for the rest of your life. Today was one of those days though, one of those rare occasions when you know you are witnessing something pretty spectacular.

Walking along continuing our survey we spotted something on the forest floor not far from us. My mind immediately started thinking of the floor-dwelling mammal species like sunis or elephant shrews, but the other spotter in the group, shouted “monkey!” I didn’t put it together at first as usual when “monkey” is shouted it is a Colobus and these are NEVER seen on forest floor. My mind then jumped to Sykes, the other most commonly seen primate on surveys but as soon as the individual in front of my eyes moved, I realised that its shape was all wrong. It was definitely a monkey though. I couldn’t believe it. Yellow baboons running amongst us, here one was… and another! And there’s one more over there! Soon we were counting baboons left right and centre as we realized there was a whole group around us, with the smaller juveniles on our left hand side staying close and observing us, while the adults led by one HUGE male seemed to be moving towards the younger members, right by us giving us an awesome view. I can’t say what the coolest thing about the experience was, it’s so hard to chose. The fact that the baby baboons were so curious about us, observing us in the exact way we were observing them, giving this weird sense of blurring between who is doing the observing and who is being observed. Or maybe the fact that we saw so many all at once… 18 we counted! Or the fact that they were so close and it was just the most surreal and incredible experience to see them in this beautiful environment where they belong. Monkeys to me have always been in the general class of zoo animals – exotic beings who come from places so far away or so under threat that they exist only in captivity in my mind. To hear a rustle in the trees and look over and see a young baboon pacing back and forth looking directly in your eyes is just one of the coolest things I have experienced in my life. I know I will keep that memory for as long as I live, I really just can’t explain how amazing it was for me.

Anyone who does the forest project can’t deny that sometimes it gets tough. It is tiring work and sometimes I get frustrated with the terrain and how long it can take to get such a short distance but it is all just so incredibly worth it for moments like these. Where else can I have this kind of experience? Walking through the bush at home is going to be so anticlimactic now after experiencing the wilderness that is this African jungle. You know, despite how hard it can be sometimes, my main advice to people doing this program would be to remember to look around! I’m constantly looking down, I get so caught up in the ground right beneath my feet. But then we hear something and I look up and for a second my breath is just completely taken away. This place, this jungle is beautiful. But I don’t just mean beautiful I mean it is unbelievably, magically STUNNING. It is so drastically unlike anything we have in my country or in most countries come to that. There are huge baobab trees everywhere with other smaller trees wrapping around them, vines that hang among the canopy and hang down to me as I look up at their towering figures, the figures of all these plants wound together like they’re in some sort of eternal embrace. My words cannot do justice to a place like this but it is so nice to truly experience the landscape like this. It is different from doing a safari as so many visitors to Kenya do – here we are truly witnessing and experiencing the landscape and it is so incredible! Almost other wordly. I love it. Forest gives you a real chance to be an explorer… walking along, binoculars around the neck, putting one foot up on a rock to get a better view of some grand African bird and shielding your face from the sun and you just think “Man, this is how Indiana Jones must feel every day.” It’s pretty wicked.

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