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
Aug 6, 2014

I'll Toughen Up - by Vivien (age 12)

Dear Supporter, 

As funds start to come in slowly, I thought this month we would share another example of the work being done by Sing me a Story Foundation. Below is a excerpt of a story written by Vivien (age 12) called I'll Toughen Up. 

Even though my tears
Drown my cries of fear
I'll toughen up
And show my stuff
And even though life is rough
I'll stay strong
And prove you wrong
Even though I may be screaming
Inside my brave is gleaming
And even though my cries are loud
I'll wipe them dry and stand up proud.

Vivien is another child from Cape Hobe, a special summer camp designed for children with cancer. The camp provides medical and pyschosocial supervision to ensure childre and safe both mentally and physically during camp. 

Luckily, Vivien's story has inspired two musicans, Douglas Forshey from Nashville and City Slicker from Atlanta to transform her story into a song to inspire her when times get tough. Both are beautiful songs that you can hear on the following link - https://singmeastory.org/stories/i-ll-toughen-up

We hope as more funds come in, we can support more children in need to have their story turned to song. 

Thank you for supporting this project so far.

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust

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Aug 6, 2014

YPWB, GVI & Local Council Asia Immersion Program

Learning about Laos Buddism Culture of Alms Giving
Learning about Laos Buddism Culture of Alms Giving

Dear Supporter, 

From our previous reports, we have told you all about our great partnership with the Federation of Young Australians organisation on Young People Without Borders (YPWB). YPWB creates pathways and opportunities for young Australians to experience and become immersed in the Asian region. YPWB wants all young Australians to be confident global citizens, and as we move into the “Asian Century”, the role of Asian economies, culture and people are increasingly important. FYA believes there will be lots of amazing opportunities to be part of this really exciting time in history, but in order to capture those opportunities, young Australians need to know about Asia (the many languages, cultures and histories) and share Australian culture with young people in the region.

Working with local councils, GVI Charitable Trust & YPWB are offering young people (18-20 years old) the opportunity to live and work in Asia as part of a immersive gap year after high school.

An example of this: East Gippsland Shire Council, in partnership with Young People Without Borders and Global Vision International, have exclusive scholarships of $3,000 for two young people of East Gippsland to undertake a volunteer placement with GVI in Asia in 2015!

This is a very exciting time for this program and could only be possible with your support and donations to fund these scholarships.

Thank you!

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust

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Aug 4, 2014

Environmental Education and First Aid training

Dear Supporter, 

The Pez Maya community project is principally located in the community of Javier Rojo Gomez -better known as Punta Allen- approximately 25km to the South of Pez Maya.

Every Monday GVI travels to Punta Allen to teach English classes for kids and adults, but we also organize different workshops explaining environmental issues important in the local area and other activities. On this occasion we decided to break with routine and invite the kids from the Ignacio Ramirez Primary school to come to Pez Maya and participate in a whole day of activities on our expedition base.

Some activities were related to environmental issues, some related to just having fun, but all were related to learning a bit more English and becoming comfortable in the language that will become so important for them as they grow up and seek to develop the town of Punta Allen as a centre for Eco-tourism activities within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

First off the kids took part in the treasure hunt, during which they remembered and learned new things about the animals found in the reserve. Off they then went to the Recycling workshop where they were taught how to make colourful baskets from PET bottles and string, to then move on to the slightly less relaxing than you might imagine, sand castle and painting competition. Somewhere in there, the kids also found time to decorate cookies that we, in true Blue Peter style, had made earlier- who could have thought we would need quite so much icing!

Whilst the volunteers were with the Punta Allen children, their parents took part in two different activities with the staff.

Firstly, the Emergency First Responder course - considered very important as Punta Allen is well over an hour away from professional medical assistance - that showcased, and allowed practice of, lots of useful skills used to respond to medical emergencies in the school or the home. And secondly, a very interesting recycling workshop showcasing the ability to re-use empty PET bottles filled with water and re-purpose them as light bulbs in the home. Punta Allen as a rule doesn’t have artificial light except during the hours of 1900 - 2200 as they depend on a generator for all of their electrical needs. Using these plastic bottles filled with water to refract sunlight can illuminate their darker spaces with the power of a 60 watt bulb. 

A fantastic day all round, everybody enjoyed themselves, people got to teach that never would have tried it otherwise (and loved it). Hopefully, Punta Allen has by now some recycled 60 Watt light bulbs and the parting words from most were “Cuándo podemos regresar?” (when can we come back?) Who could ask for more?

All the best

GVI Mexico

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