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 5, 2012

Disaster Risk Reduction

In the aftermath of the March 30th floods here on the west coast of Viti Levu, there is continuing debates as to how to mitigate and prepare for further disasters and various organizations have begun programs focused on Disaster Risk Reduction through awareness and strategic planning. After GVI's involvement in the Disaster Response efforts in April and the mobilization of volunteers alongside the Red Cross distributing aid in the worst hit areas in Nadi , we have received recognition and thanks from both the Nadi Red Cross president, the Divisional service center coordinator, and the Director General of Fiji Red Cross. By representing GVI as a volunteer organization we have been able to look at interlinking some of our future plans in the Yasawas to the Disaster Risk Reduction strategies of the Red Cross who hope to extend their awareness campaigns to the outer islands later this year.

Two weeks ago Dan Lund, GVI Country Director of Fiji attended a one week training course in the Sabeto Mountains alongside Red Cross representatives from every district in Fiji. The goal of the course was to train participants as Disaster Risk Reduction Trainers as well as practitioners of Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments. Participants were taught how to become advocates of best practice when it comes to planning and preparing for disasters. Guest speakers included representatives from the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), Disaster Coordinators from head office, and Representatives from the Ministry of Health. Over the period of 6 days, participants practiced a number of assessment tools and awareness building strategies in a team setting which culminated in personal presentations to the group on an assigned topic on the final day. Interestingly many of the topics covered in the course in relation to ways to better prepare a community for disaster and ensure its long term security tied in closely with GVI's current initiatives in the Yasawas with major emphasis on water security, water management, food security, new agriculture, and improved health awareness.

After qualifying, all participants will now be heading out to various key communities to run trial Disaster Risk Reduction workshops all across the country. The participants will carry out in depth assessments of the village’s vulnerability to disaster as well as their current capacities to deal with these risks. Last week Dan and various stakeholders from Nadi met in Nadi town to discuss the best way to identify the most vulnerable areas in the Nadi District and use these as a starting point for the Red Cross volunteers carrying out the assessments. The meeting successfully identified two of the most vulnerable settlements in the area. Ratu Meli, Vice President of the Red Cross and also a trustee on the board of the Yasawa Trust, made references to the GVI water program in the Yasawas when issues with water security techniques were raised during the meeting.

Jul 5, 2012

Reconstructing Ex-Poacher's Lives

A few weeks ago, GVI successfully delivered comprehensive lessons to a group of ex-poachers in community of Kasaani on free range chicken farming as an alternative income generating project. The lessons covered topics including; disease recognition and treatment, general chicken care and raising chicks. The ex-poachers of Kasaani were very enthusiastic about the prospect of starting a free range chicken farming project as a means of generating sustainable alternative incomes, and also, a means of providing the community of Kasaani with improved access to affordable sources of protein rich foods. After the lessons were delivered, there was only one thing preventing the community of Kasaani from starting the free range chicken farming project – a well built chicken coop and fenced area to keep the chickens safe from predators and diseases. Things are not done by halves at GVI and that is why we returned to Kasaani just weeks later to help them build their first community run free range chicken coop.

A team of volunteers from GVI spent two weeks working side by side with a group of ex-poachers from Kasaani constructing a community run chicken coop. The chicken coop was designed by GVI staff and the community of Kasaani, constructed using local materials and local building techniques, and built in two weeks by an enthusiastic team of GVI volunteers and community members. The group of ex-poachers in Kasaani will also be provided with around twenty chickens to start the project.

The community will then be responsible for feeding the chickens, vaccinating against diseases and selling the eggs. The project is designed to be completely self sustaining; the community will use the profits from the sale of eggs to purchase more chickens and eventually, to build another coop which will replicate the first to keep broilers which they can breed to sell meat and also have chicks to replace the layers in the first coop.

Jul 5, 2012

Travelling with monkeys

We took part in a travel pattern survey which involves following a habituated group of Angola Black-and-white Colobus. The survey data will give us an indication on home-range and habitat use. One of the initial goals is to identify and characterize movement of the tight-knit Colobus groups through the forest patches. We are attempting to identify primary feeding, resting and sleeping trees or areas, by calculating percentages of time spent on that activity per location. After identifying those primary activity sites, we can hopefully gain some insight in the movement to and from these locations, and the relation of factors like habitat quality, food availability and seasonality to these patterns.

For the survey we observed the habituated group during their feeding period for two hours. An observer picked a focal individual and recorded that specific individual’s behaviour as a scan sample every two minutes. In addition, another observer tracks the movement of the focal individual, maps and tags the trees for later reference and identification.

Obviously most of this survey requires quite some patience, recording very common activities such as sleeping, resting, foraging or feeding continuously. Today however, the group decided to put on a bit of a show. After two hours we suddenly witnessed some typical primate arousal followed by two instances of actual mating, something that is not very frequently seen in Colobus. Shortly afterward, while sitting directly above us, four of the Colobus decided to urinate at the same time so there was a bit of a shower!

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