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
Jun 21, 2012

Help Train Teachers in Thailand

For nearly 5 years, We have been putting skills and knowledge into the hands of the community of Ao Luk in Krabi Province, Thailand, providing free English classes and volunteer teachers for schools. To expand on this work we are also running workshops for local teachers, training them in the techniques we use to teach English. 


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) declared the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015, signifying greater economic integration & co-operation between the 10 ASEAN countries. As English is the official working language of ASEAN, the Thai government has declared 2012 as ‘The Year of English Speaking’, so our assistance has been much in demand!


On 7th & 8th June we ventured a little farther than usual, heading to Takuapa in Phang Nga Province on the west coast to work with teachers from 10 different schools in the area. At Ban Bang Muang school we started by asking the teachers what they hoped to gain from the workshop; almost everyone wanted to learn about ways to keep their students engaged and interested, but many simply wanted to make the most of the opportunity to practice English conversation with fluent speakers.


Both days began with warm-ups and ice-breakers to help everyone get to know each other. They may have worked a little too well, as, during one exercise, one of the teachers confessed “My name is Kung and I like Ian”, leaving our trainer, Ian, looking a little sheepish!


The rest of the workshop was split into several short training sessions, focusing on vocabulary, pronunciation & drilling, games & activities, teaching with texts, teaching with songs and grammar. Teachers were kept busy throughout each of the sections, taking part in activities and putting into practice the skills and theories they were learning about, as well as sharing their own experiences and knowledge with us and each other. Finally, we took a closer looking at the ASEAN community and about what it will mean for Thailand and the Thai people. 


The workshop was a great success; the teachers thoroughly enjoyed themselves, – we were particularly pleased with the souvenir t-shirts we were presented with as a ‘thank you’! We’ve made some good friends, had a lot of laughs and have been asked to go back to run more workshops in the area; we’ve also been invited to do some teacher training on the island of Koh Lanta in Krabi – all very exciting stuff!

Jun 13, 2012

Give Children a Chance to Learn in Brazil

Thanks to the donations we receive through Global Giving we have been able to continue functioning and providing education and childcare to children aged 6months – 16 years in the violence and poverty stricken Favela of Mata Escura, Brazil. 

This is one of our few sources of income and therefore without it we would not be able to continue offering literacy and numeracy. Over and above education the children also have a safe place to learn and play and 3 meals per day.  This community suffers from unreliable and poor standard public education, drug abuse, gang violence, the highest murder rates in the city, a lack of public sanitation and poor quality housing.

The children at the school continue to receive fresh fruit every day and are progressing every day in their literacy and numeracy skills.

Jun 9, 2012

Postcard: Project Site Visit

Subtle reminders of the flood-water stain on door
Subtle reminders of the flood-water stain on door

Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Thailand:

After one of the worst flooding in Thailand, Global Vision International Charitable Trust responded by providing relief and assistance so that communities could rebuild themselves.  On June 1, I was able to accompany GVI to one of its flood relief projects at a school in Lopburi.

GVI works with local groups and organizations to support communities. This specific one was in dire need of rebuilding its school that had to shut down for 2 months due to the flooding. During this time students had to stay at home and fell behind the rest of their peers where the flooding did not reach or subsided quickly. 

GVI was informed by a contact about the emergency situation, so they went out to survey the area. Before, community members had to walk through the water and take boats around the town.  Some of the staff at the school shared that GVI was the first people they saw handing out water in the emergency situation.   This school has 125 students from preschool to 6th grade with many from the hill-tribe areas. Some students have to sleep at the school since they live in such remote areas. During the flooding these students all had to return to their homes with no education, school, and away from their friends for 2 months. 

One of the teachers explained that they were preparing for flooding, but the news never gave a clear timeframe for when the waters would arrive. By the time it arrived, within an hour almost the entire first floor was under water. She said the last big flood was about 16 years ago, but the school has never flooded like this before.  At the end, I asked the main supporter and patron of this school (a local monk) why he was so passionate and committed. He explained he was born in this town, studied at this school, and the monk he studied under had started the school. He wanted to continue it – it was the first and largest in the village. 

The before and after pictures of the flooding are incredible. GVI was able to help bring volunteers to clean up flood water lines, repaint, rebuild walls that were rotted and or washed away, clean up furniture, and salvage what could be reused. They also rebuilt the gardens (where students learn about where food comes from and use the vegetables for meal times) and the playground.  GVI volunteers helped bring new bedding for the boarding rooms and new books since many were destroyed in the water that rose too fast to move everything upstairs.  GVI was one of the first to respond to the flood in this community. With the support of donations through GlobalGiving, children have returned to school. I am thankful to Jax, Apple, and GVI staff for taking me to see where the communities affected by the flooding are today.

To see more pictures from the visit go to: JacquelineInTheField Blog

BEFORE: flooded classroom (from GVI archive)
BEFORE: flooded classroom (from GVI archive)
AFTER:cleaned, rebuilt, and restocked classroom
AFTER:cleaned, rebuilt, and restocked classroom

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