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 19, 2012

Education is Key

The Manipuri Children are a group of 23 children from the orphanage in Kerala in which we help. We give them education whilst the orphanage (where they are now living) waits on their paperwork (birth certificates and previous school papers) before they can be admitted to a formal educational institution. Aged between 4 years to 13 years, they were part of child labour trafficking and were brought to Kerala on the promise of earning some money. We are fortunate to be working with these amazingly bright children since June 2011.

We have split up the children into different groups based on their capability and prepared a schedule that involves them with sports, numeracy and literacy abilities and arts /drama or science on a daily basis. This is in line with our long term goals which include language acquisition and helping disadvantaged children. We all work hard towards putting together material for these children without a curriculum at hand. We have got volunteers to use their knowledge and interest to teach the children the vital language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

This past month has been very successful as we have had some qualified teachers and a few experienced and hard working volunteers to help us. One of the most successes has been getting the kids to write out a Spanish folk tale that a volunteer told them. The children got really involved and wrote the story in a book form that is now going into print after we edit it. It goes to show how talented and creative the children are and also how well they are learning. The money we raise from sales is going to go towards buying them more story books. The journey continues and we hope that these beautiful children keep smiling and learning.

Apr 18, 2012

Quepos's New Recycling Initiative

The municipality of Quepos is launching a new recycling initiative in the area. The director and teachers of the public Primary School in El Cocal requested GVI’s support in launching the recycling program in the school.

A waste management system has only recently been implemented in the community of El Cocal. Families have been accustomed to simply burying their refuse. The issue is complicated further by the fact that the community is separated from the main land by a river mouth, so all refuse collection involves it being transported by boat across to the main land where it can then be collected. Recycling is a new requirement imposed by the government and the first step is to educate the children of the community by setting up a recycling program in the school. The preparations started a few months ago with the GVI volunteers working on the best strategy to make the implementation of this recycling initiative fun, educational and sustainable on a long term basis.

Three big containers were built from wood scraps that were then decorated with the children at the Community Center. There is one container for paper, one for plastic and one for metal; the decorations on the containers make it very simple for the children to understand which is which. The initiative was launched at an assembly in the school courtyard. The team in charge of the initiative presented the recycling program and explained the use of the containers to the children. They had planned some activities that helped the children to understand the importance of recycling. They also did a small pantomime, involving sorting through trash and asking the children to indicate which container which piece of trash belonged in. The children really enjoyed the activity and it was effective in checking their understanding of how to dispose of their trash in the future.

 

 

Apr 18, 2012

Marine Debris: How Mexico is Helping

Whether you are in Fiji, Brazil, Australia, Seychelles, Costa Rica, every time you go to a non tourist beach you will encounter with a sad truth, marine debris from all over the world is taking over the beaches.

The Ocean Conservancy organizes an annual Beach Cleanup Day; in 2010 they celebrated the 25th anniversary of this campaign and they had 615,407 volunteers cleaning the beaches all over the world. They collected more than 8 million pounds of trash and other debris—enough to cover about 170 football fields. 

According to the United Nation Environmental Program (UNEP) marine debris is any manufactured or processed solid waste material (typically inert) that enters the marine environment from any source.

Mahahual, a small village in the Coast of the Mexican Caribbean is not the exception to this. Marine currents from all over the world bring a lot of marine debris to these beautiful beaches. In Mexico we have worked in the area for over 6 years participating with weekly beach cleans where it has been observed that between 60 and 70% of the debris is plastic.

To continue getting hands on the problem, a massive beach cleanup was organized by Sustenta (Mexican organization that promotes sustainable development and green technologies) and other organizations. This beach clean is done on the International beach cleanup day organized by the Ocean Conservancy; however this year was done on a different date. GVI Mexico has been working closely with Sustenta for three years in raising funds for a campaign to reduce the amount of plastic bottles. The goal was to buy water filters and give them out to families in Mahahual, that way they would get drinkable water reducing the amount of bottles they had to buy.

In two years more than 2500usd were raised to buy the filters and they were given out to the families that collected the most plastic in the beach clean and during a campaign that Sustenta launched to collect plastic bottles from town.

On February 25th 350 participants, including members of the community and all the organizations involved collected a total of 1547.5kg of plastic bottles. They also removed 4888kg of marine debris from the beaches in the area. This happened astonishingly in only a couple of hours. 

Marine debris also comes from the land, therefore campaigns like this one where the goal is to reduce the amount of plastic used are really important.

 

 

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