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
Jul 8, 2014

Satao the Elephant

Dear Supporter,

This month Tsavo has had some extremely sad news. Thought to have been the largest and most loved elephant in Kenya, Satao was killed.

Satao had a special type of genetic makeup that produced unusually large tusks - 6.5 feet long. Unfortunately this made Satao worth a lot of money to the ivory trade.  Despite big conservation efforts even air patrols, Satao was shot with a poisoned arrow and his tusks were removed.  Elephant numbers continue to fall only 500,000 elephants roam the continent down from over 5 million in the 1940s. Its estimated 40,000 elephants get poached every year for their tusks.

But there is hope; the number is dropping. The work that GVI, in partnership with Tsavo pride, is doing is targeting the grassroots of the issue- the poachers. Poaching is a scary and risky business sometimes even causing fatalities and tearing families apart and most poachers’ welcome alternative lifestyles.

The efforts that come from our volunteer and partners to create a new life for these poachers turned protectors is vital not just for the people but for the conservation of the wildlife that surrounds them. 

Tsavo national park is still bursting with wildlife and thanks to your donations we can help keep it that way. 

Thank you again,

All the best

GVI Kenya

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Jul 7, 2014

Meet Khumsuk

Dear Supporter, 

We are delighted to announce that, thanks to your support, the Charitable Trust is now supporting a new elephant, Khumsuk!

62 year old Khumsuk returned to Huay Pakoot, along with her daughter Khamoon and granddaughter Lulu. They were reunited in the village for the first time in many years and they greeted each other with deep rumbles, excited chirps, and knowing trunk touches. It was a heart-warming sight and reinforces the quote “An elephant never forgets”.

Paired up with her daughter, over the last year, Khumsuk roams freely around the forests surrounding Huay Pakoot and is living the life that unfortunately in Thailand not all elephants are able to experience. Her days consist of nothing more than walking the forest foraging for food, making up lost time with her daughter Khamoon and basically just being an elephant. Compared to her former life of logging and giving rides to tourists her life is a whole lot brighter. Now that she is back in the forest it is physically obvious that she is happier, in her temperament and the way she carries herself. She radiates happiness and good health and it gives you a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that all she has to do now is simply “be”. “Khumsuk is happier in the forest and this makes us happy”. A statement often spoke by her Owners/Mahouts Singtoh and Dee.

Where in the forest she is positioned changes day to day and season to season, but the constant factor is she is always with her daughter and the two are never seen far from one another. The pair are often guided by their mahouts so as not to bump into our other resident mature elephant Thong Dee. This being because the two do not share a love for one another. Whether this is because they are both strong mature females, or due to a lifelong tiff that begun when they were young elephants meeting in Huay Pakoot over boys, food or territory is unclear but it sure does allow the imagination to run wild.

As long as Khumsuk is in the forest life will be better not only for herself but her owners and mahouts as well. Instead of working long hours over long months away from home they both get to be close to their family and in an environment that is beneficial to both their health and wellbeing. 

Thank you for allowing Khumsuk to be with us.

All the best

GVI Thailand

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Jul 3, 2014

Certifying partners with Emergency First Responder

Dear Supporter,

This month has been a very active and successful! A major success was the delivering of the Emergency First Responder (EFR) training course to our partners here in Playa del Carmen. Not only are we equipping them with lifesaving skills, we are creating a safer environment for the wider community. Knowledge is empowering in all forms, but the critical knowledge of how to potentially save a life or prevent death, transcends this.

There are approx. 4 million traffic accidents registered in Mexico each year, claiming the lives of 24,000 people. In conjunction with work related accidents and other incidents of random nature, it is imperative that all of the staff within GVI and our partners are equipped to assist in these emergencies. By providing emergency treatment you could be potentially saving their lives, or minimizing the lasting damage to their health. This if possible, is even more critical to our partners who work with vulnerable people on a daily basis. The children are vulnerable and in our care, we therefore have a duty to do everything in our power to maintain a safe environment.

In total we have trained all 9 Ludotecarias from the Save the Children Ludotecas in Playa del Carmen and Tulum, and 3 members of the Special Needs School from the Equine therapy and Integral Care center throughout the month of April.  In preparation for their training the new EFR recruits were given a booklet of basic information to read to assist them in understanding the material that was going to be presented to them. During this initial phase the EFR teaches you how to respond to an emergency, what you should do, who you should contact and how to administer potentially lifesaving treatment until professional help arrives. 

This training included how to respond to emergencies with children.  This is particularly relevant for the Ludotecarias who deal with up to 100 children in one day. It is also relevant to the special needs school, for although they are dealing with children with far more complex medical needs, the basic treatment in life threatening situations is universal and an essential skill for anyone working with vulnerable people to possess.

In addition to dealing with urgent life threatening injury, the EFR also trains practitioners in secondary injury care such as splints, minor head injuries and other non-life threatening injuries. These are the skills that are most frequently required by emergency responders, particularly those working with children. The ludotecarias often have to deal with large numbers of play related injuries such as scraped knees and bump heads. Equally sometimes more than a basic dressing can be required and a more advanced skill is required to treat the injury.

After a challenging couple of days of training, our brave recruits had to toil through an exam about everything they had learnt, that they all passed with excellence.  

 It was a pleasure to share imperative knowledge with our implementing partners. The EFR training was a chance to help improve the organizations and ultimately make the projects safer for everyone involved. The wider community of Playa del Carmen (inclusive of every child, person and tourist) benefits from having more people in possession of these skills should some accident befall them.

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