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
Dec 23, 2014

Merry Christmas from Huay Pakoot

Dear Supporter,

Merry Christmas from everyone at GVI Huay Pakoot and the GVI Charitable Trust

What a year for our elephants! Thanks to your support and donations, our three elephants, Mae Sah Jah, Khum Suk and Mario have thrived in the forest. These three elephants have been taken from the tourism industry and are now able to live their lives in the forest surrounding the village of Huay Pakoot, thanks to you. The funding from GVI Charitable Trust directly provides these three elephants with an opportunity to escape the tourist industry and live their lives as elephants should, roaming and foraging in the forest. 

We also managed to start on the elephant clinic this year, as well as providing more Mahouts with basic Elephant first aid training, in memory on Songkran. 

We have also seen our Biodiversity Assessment Surveys thrive! The purpose of these surveys is to gain a better understanding of what wildlife exists in our forest, especially as the surrounding area hasn’t yet been studied. The forests in Northern Thailand were once rich in biodiversity; unfortunately, due to the human impact on the environment, this has decreased mainly due to settlement, agriculture and hunting. Northern Thailand is still very much an under researched region, giving us an ideal opportunity to perhaps either discover new and rare species, or animal behaviors. A long-term aim is to educate the villagers and volunteers on the area’s biodiversity in order to help preserve forest ecosystems.

We sincerely hope, with your support, that this project continues to grow into 2015. The more funds we can bring in, the more elephants we can rescue from horrific circumstances and reintroduce back into a natural habitat, so thank you!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust

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Dec 23, 2014

Merry Christmas from Karongwe

Dear Supporter,

Mery Christmas from the Rhinos of Karongwe, GVI Limpopo and the GVI Charitable Trust.

Unfortunately, it's a happy message for a rather somber cause. More Rhinos have been poached this year than in years previous in South Africa; a shocking 1116. Of these 750 were in Kruger National Park, next to Karongwe reserve. More arrests have been made this year than ever before, however this is not slowing the rate of poaching down. 

As such, your donations will be as important as ever for 2015. This year, we've successfully started kitting out the anti-poaching team. Your donations helped to purchase a special vehicle for patrols, an Icom UHF Telemetry Receiver to be able to track better and strobe lighting for the Anti-Poaching vehicles.

Moving forward, all these will be put to good use. On the ground there’s no single solution to the problem and really any step that will get in the poachers way, make them hesitate, slow them down, prevent them from setting out on even one night of bounty-hunting in the bush, is worth taking. All of the land owners, staff and any members of the conservation community are contributing by getting out on patrol at any hour of day or night, as randomly as possible, just making their presence felt and being as conspicuous as possible. 

Thank you for your support this year. This is only possible because of your donations. 

Here is to a better year for the Rhinos.

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust

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Dec 23, 2014

The Beginning

Dear Supporter,

The past couple months, the staff and volunteers at GVI Phang Nga have had several opportunities to spend time with out partner, Shark Guardian. Shark Guardian are based near us in Khao Lak, even though they do work all over the world. That means we get to attend local talks and events for the Khao Lak area dive companies. It’s been great for us to not only interact with Liz and Brendon from Shark Guardian, but to form and strengthen connections with the dive companies. We partner with Shark Guardian on several of their initiatives and will continue to work with them in the future, but right now we’re particularly interested in their whale shark project. We’ve taken the lead on writing a code of conduct to change the diving practices of southern Thailand dive shops in regards to whale sharks.

Whale sharks are a fascinating animal; the biggest fish in the ocean at an average of 12-14m long. Their mouth is 1.5 meters wide and they use it to suck in gulps of water to eat tiny plankton. Whale sharks are said to be quite curious, often approaching divers to check them out, so it’s understandable why they’re such a big draw for dive companies!

Because of the attraction of whale sharks, many dive companies do things like feed the whale sharks or allow their divers to get very close to them. All this human interaction is beginning to negatively impact the whale sharks, so the code of conduct we’ve written sets up rules and guidelines to protect the whale sharks: no feeding, no touching, no flash photography, and limits on number of boats/divers nearby are examples of the guidelines that will help keep whale shark--diver interactions more natural.

Thanks to you, our donors so far, we’re going to be printing the code of conduct posters to be distributed to the dive companies that agree to follow those guidelines. The posters will have the Shark Guardian certification and let potential divers know they are choosing a company committed to the protection of whale sharks. This is a big first step in the journey to a brighter future for our whale sharks!

Next step? Workshops to train and educate the dive companies, divers, and tourists of Khao Lak!

All the best

GVI Phang Nga

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