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
Oct 16, 2012

A Volunteers Account

Today we are lucky enough to have a first hand of the work that goes on in Nacula Village from a Volunteers perspective...

Over the past 2 weeks I have been working in the village of Nacula at their Kindergarten. Kindergarten operates from 9am – 12pm everyday with an average of about 15 children a day, ranging from 2 years to 4year old. During the session we sing songs, practice learning our shapes and colours as well as learning the alphabet and numbers. The children are then involved in free play where they can draw, play with blocks or use flash cards to continue practicing their shapes and colours.

On Wednesday 3rd October I was lucky enough to participate in Nacula Pre-School Day. We invited all the parents and elders from the village, as well as the chief and minister of the Pre-School. The children put on a performance of the songs they had been learning and we displayed their work around the classroom, including photos of the past week’s activities. Miss Julie, the kindergarten teacher gave a speech to the parents on the importance of health and hygiene of their young children. Following the performance the women of the village provided tea and cakes for morning tea. I was privileged enough to be asked to sit with the minister of the pre-school who wanted to know my opinion on pre-school education and improvements that he could make at the Nacula Pre-School.

This volunteering experience in Nacula Pre-School has been eye opening. These children have limited resources however are still so eager to learn and play. I felt so welcomed every day walking into the village with every person saying ‘Bula’ to me and inviting me to any village event that was occurring. The children of Nacula Pre-School are beautiful and while the villagers were grateful to have someone to help teach English I am just as grateful to them for allowing me into their community.
Oct 16, 2012

September Updates...

We started this month with a fair at the Ao Luk Non-Formal Education (NFE) Centre, where we have been running free English classes for adults since July 2007. There was a lot of fun to be had and lots of mess to be made; Teaching Children (TC) volunteers Sophie & Laura got to work painting faces while the rest of us ran the various games & activities, including a 3 legged race, hoopla, pass the parcel, fishing for prizes, a can shack and a crafts table making penguin piggy banks out of plastic bottles! By far everyone’s favourite was the Global Village Idiot stocks, where students got the chance to bombard their teachers with wet sponges, water pistols and, eventually, entire buckets of water. Students – adults & kids, volunteers and staff all had a whale of a time and walked away drenched but happy.

As is tradition at the end of each term, we held a party at our base for all the students, community and volunteers, the theme this time being ‘GVI rak Ao Luk’ – ‘GVI loves Ao Luk’. The students always make a huge effort and, as always, brought an obscene amount of food, but this time we also had a special treat for them. After weeks of intensive training (thanks to GVI staff member and Ao Luk local, Apple) the volunteers & staff got dolled up in traditional Thai dress and performed a Thai dance at the party; I think we did a pretty good job and everyone loved it (or were too polite to say otherwise!). Laura B & Ian also put together a heart-warming and tear-jerking slideshow of some of the highlights of our time in Ao Luk. After hours of laughter, food and a lot of karaoke, our guests gradually drifted off, leaving us to close-up the karaoke with our set piece; as 1am approaches, so does the haunting (and mildly disturbing) howl of Bohemian Rhapsody!

Oct 16, 2012

Two More Rescued Elephants!

Since GVI’s elephant forest reintroduction started in the village of Huay Pakoot 2 years ago, volunteers, staff and elephant lovers everywhere have been working hard to raise money through charitable donations to bring more elephants back to the forest. GVI sponsors 5 elephants directly through volunteer fees but with a village of approximately 60 elephants in total, 5 elephants is only a small chunk of the elephants still remaining in tourist camps around Chiang Mai and northern Thailand. The community is committed to bringing more elephants back to the forest but funding is required to provide work and salaries for elephant owners and mahouts. Through online fundraising, volunteer donations and the 2011 marathon in Chiang Mai the GVI team has raised thousands of dollars towards this mission. And we are proud to say that the number of rescued elephants is finally increasing!
In May 2012, the community of Huay Pakoot officially registered as a community conservation group with the Mae Chaem district office. Through this registration they have committed to working towards bringing elephants back to the forest and utilizing community based tourist projects based around the reintroduced elephants to further increase funding. Tourist activities include home stays with traditional Karen families, learning about culture and food and hiking in surrounding forests to see these elephants foraging, wandering and just basically being elephants in a natural setting.
In August 2012, GVI signed a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Huay Pakoot Community Conservation group, a document which symbolizes their partnership moving forward to develop sustainable tourism and bringing in more rescued elephants.
Beginning 15 September 2012, GVI has committed to an initial 6 months of funding towards the community conservation group, a total of US$2,000. This funding should cover the costs of keeping Sa Cha and her son Mario in the forest of Huay Pakoot as well as provide extra funds to be used for any necessary medical treatment or other costs the conservation group need to move things forward. We currently have funds to sponsor these elephants for the first couple of years but still need more to bring in more elephants!
Sa Cha is 36 years old. She started working in the fields at the age of 15 years old. More recently she has been working in tourist camps in and around Chiang Mai. Sa Cha became pregnant with Mario in an elephant camp where he was born. Mario is 2 years 8 months and the mother and son are back in Huay Pakoot enjoying daily foraging in the forests and enjoying some time just being elephants without having to work!

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