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
Apr 20, 2012

Meeting with the High Chief

On February 7th, we met Ratu Epeli, the High Chief of the Takina (kingdom), at Oarsmans Bay lodge to present a Sevu Sevu (traditional ceremony in which an offering is made in exchange for a blessing).

A discussion followed in which Ratu Epeli charted the history of his time as chief and the changing state of attitudes towards the implementation and enforcement of the Tabu zones (no fishing grounds) in the region. Ratu Epeli explained that he was fully committed to the preservation of the local environment and had been engaged in the active enforcement of the Nacula Tabu zone for many years. `

Ratu Epeli Explained that he was on the verge of lifting the Tabu and ending all enforcement of reef protection in the region as it had become too difficult to manage and enforce and most villages had lifted their own Tabu's over the years.

After hearing the strategies presented by us, the community based focus of the initiative, and the intention to interweave our work with the education program, Ratu Epeli happily passed on his blessings and full support of our research in the region and confirmed that with this new support he would continue to enforce the few remaining tabu areas in the district.

In addition to this, Ratu, has offered the research team exclusive access to dive the few remaining tabu areas and use the protected areas to run base line surveys. This will enable us to form a base line from which to compare the difference in fish stocks and biodiversity between protected areas and open fishing grounds.

Ratu Epeli, invited the team for lunch and said that he would look forward to hearing frequent updates from the us as the program progresses and the initiative evolves.

This was an incredibly positive meeting that confirmed the validity of our conservation efforts and the presence of the community support needed to make it successful.

Apr 20, 2012

Developing Skills

All the children that are attending Nceduluntu’s Grade R are over five years old and they are all preparing for school, something they have been waiting for, for a long time. When we take a few of the students out from their normal class to give them some special attention, we focus on three things: Math’s, English and creative/fine motor skills.

One of our excellent long term interns is focusing on puzzles during the motor skills sessions. Through puzzles, something they love, the children develop, concentrate and laugh during their lesson, a true dream for a teacher. Something that makes this activity even better is the ability to see the progress that the children make. You can see how they are struggling with getting their pieces together in the beginning of the class and are all confused by the different pattern that appears on the picture. Then, half hour later their fingers are starting to dance over the tables and I am sure that within a few weeks their fingers will be able to dance in the right direction all by themselves.

Apr 19, 2012

Mal Pais's Schools Progress

In mid-February of this year the Public Schools re-opened their doors and both Mal Pais and St Teresa School welcomed many new excited students. St Teresa's has been busy in the holidays with lots of changes to the school grounds, a new classroom has been built and the project will support the school to have it painted. In the Mal Pais School, Sara, our ESL teacher has kindly volunteered to teach for 2012 and we now have another volunteer called Heather, whose skills are fabulous with the younger students. Sara's adult ESL evening classes were so popular last year that she now runs them twice a week. We are currently looking for a new volunteer for the Art program at the Mal Pais School, classes were very popular in 2011 and another volunteer would be a great help.  A new kinder program was set up this year in Mal Pais; the project has been able to award scholarship to 11 students and hopes to continue through 2013. We are still hoping to build a new classroom in Mal Pais and start a small library.

 

 


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