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 30, 2012

The End of the Beginning.

One of the Manipur Girls
One of the Manipur Girls

As we come to the end of an era here in Kerala, we can look back on some fond memories of the last 10 months. In July of 2011, we were given a group of 23 orphanage boys and girls, from the age of 6-13 years. All from the State of Manipur (North-East of India) they were caught in a child labour racket. They were not allowed to be put into the school system in Kerala due to insufficient paper work. So the job of providing these kids with an education was paramount. 

Now as we have come into the school holidays we have been able to see the progress in their growth and development over the last 10 months. This has come through watching the kids pull on their first ever sports uniform and football boots, giving them a real sense of being a team, and giving them ownership, something to take care of. Have them reading story books, learning from encyclopedia’s, getting creative with some extraordinary art lessons and seeing them develop an insane love for stickers, something they had never seen before coming here.

There still is no information on what’s happening with the kids at this point. They will need to go to school soon, so fees will need to be paid, books and uniforms purchased. This can only be made possible with the help of donations. We have made a great start, but it is only the beginning of their journey, you can join us on being a part of their journey and future. All this has only been possible through the help of donors both in country and those of you at home.

lessons with the volunteers
lessons with the volunteers
Apr 26, 2012

Tutorial Programme at Ratu Meli School

At the end of the 2011 academic year we began evaluating the individual needs of the pupils at Ratu Meli Memorial School in preparation for implementing a one-on-one tuition programme. The aim was to improve the literacy levels and confidence of those pupils who needed additional support.

RMMS is a government run school on the island of Nacula in the Yasawa island chain with 116 pupils between the ages of 5-14 years old. The school has poor literacy pass rates and previously insufficient resources to offer individual support.  As of March 2012 the one-on-one programme introduced by GVI is now successfully integrated into the daily routine at RMMS. In addition to classroom assistance, volunteers are now providing 20-30 minute tuition sessions which are tailor-made to meet the individual needs of the pupils.

 The programme currently offers daily support to 22 pupils at RMMS, which is almost one fifth of the school. Additionally, the Fijian teachers are following our example and have initiated one-on-one sessions of their own. For the Infant classes (age 5-9) sessions have focused on improving phonics, as well as enhancing reading confidence and English vocabulary. In 2011 only 55% of the junior classes (age 10-14) passed English comprehension therefore, with a little help from Roald Dahl, we have been targeting this area in their one-on-one sessions.

We are able to closely evaluate the progress of individuals and in the last month we have seen two pupils moved off the programme as their English aptitude has improved to the point that they no longer require additional support. One of these pupils, Sela, joined Grade 1 in January 2012, however due to long absences during Kindergarten he was less prepared than his peers. He was unable to complete basic pen control tasks and could not trace any letters of the alphabet. After 6 weeks of daily sessions focusing on these core skills Sela is now able to transcribe the entire alphabet in upper and lower case. The one-on-one sessions have enabled Sela to catch up with the rest of his class early on in the academic year and he will no longer have a disadvantage moving forward.

The second pupil of note is Susanna, she is a Grade 5 pupil who initially lacked confidence in English reading and as a result she was extremely shy in class. During one-on-one sessions the volunteer working with Susanna began with intensive reading practice and then moved onto creative writing. As a result of the one-on-one sessions Susanna is now confident reading aloud to volunteers and in front of the class which means she has become more interactive during lessons.

The improvement observed across the programme as a whole, has demonstrated that the one-on-one programme has been a valuable addition to Ratu Meli School’s education program. Overall the feedback from teachers and volunteers suggests that all pupils on the programme have unquestionably benefited from one-on-one tuition. Moving forward we hope to build on this early success, continuing to expand and develop the programme with the support of the teachers and volunteers at RMMS.

Apr 26, 2012

Rebecca's Profile

Rebecca has been involved in five Desert2Surf trips. Her first trip was in 2008 when she learned to surf at Torquay. Since then, to her mental tally, she has added over 40 successful rides at beaches including Jan Juc and Anglesea. From the remote community of Minyerri, 270 kilometers south of Katherine,

Rebecca has attended boarding school in both Geelong and Darwin. She hopes to find work at the Hodgson Downs station when she finishes her schooling. Amongst other things she is a deadly kicker of the Aussie Rules football. She loves surfing and is always ready to jump on a plane and head for the swell.

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