Now we are almost into the third month of 2014, it has been good to evaluate how 2013 was for the Trust and where we can move forward in 2014.
2013 was a difficult year for charities around the world but we still achieved some fantastic goals. Our projects in Chiang Mai (Thailand), Fiji, Quepos (Costa Rica), Nepal, Seychelles and Limpopo (South Africa) had their most successful years thus far for fundraising and donor support. We also ran numerous in-field fundraising challenges which were highly successful; our team in Cape Town hiked the 3-day Hoerkwaggo Trail from Cape Point to Table Mountain and raised over $15,000! The team in Mombasa organised a swimathon with the students we work with in the slums to swim the height of Kilimanjaro and raised almost $9000 for school textbooks!
For 2014, we are going to push these challenges forward as well as focusing on achieving more impact on the ground. Our new animal welfare projects from 2013 are moving forward successfully and once more funds are in, we can start getting vets into the communities we work in. We will also be looking to complete more Carbon Mitigation projects where we work; solar panelling for children's homes, recycling and waste disposal for communities as well as water tanks for areas in desperate need.
Thank you for continuing to support the GVI Charitable Trust, we could not have come this far without you.
All the best
Head of Operations
What a year! We thought over the next month we'd give a little summary to some of the fantastic things the Charitable Trust has been able to achieve with your help.
In Limpopo we have been working with both the environment and community but also, on a cause striking the heart of a common goal around the world; Saving the Rhino. This year, we established a new project to project Rhinos on a private game reserve in Limpopo, a region of the world struggling most with Rhino poaching. The funds raised so far for anti-Rhino poaching will be used to pay for a brand new 4x4 vehicle that will be used as a dedicated anti-poaching vehicle on the Karongwe Private Game Reserve. This vehicle will do daily patrols of fence lines, checking for incursions and serving as a deterrent to potential poachers. The vehicle will also be a response vehicle in emergencies and will be capable of pursuing poachers off road. Not only will this vehicle help reduce the threat of Rhino poaching, but all forms of poaching and criminal activity targeting the reserve.
In Cape Town, we celebrated four years of GVI working in Nomzamo township. Celebrations were at Ikhayalethemba Orphanage and Mama Lumka, our first Project Partner in Nomzamo. There is no doubt she values the support we have given in the township since our partnership began back in August 2009. Recent donations have also been spent on assisting the Orphanage with the finanical burdens of day to day running costs, including purchasing a washing machine and a large supply of nappies.
Donations for this project have been funding the ongoing feeding programme at Nyota Ing’arayo Primary School (Precious Vision Care Centre). .For the majority of children at Nyota (Precious Vision) there is no breakfast at home before they travel to school. Prior to the initiation of the feeding programme in 2010 the children had to walk home at lunchtime in order to receive a meal, however it was not always possible for their families to provide this, so inevitably many children would not return to school for their afternoon lessons.Not only does the feeding programme guarantee the children staying at school for the full day and receiving the education they deserve, but it also increases their performance during lessons.
The team in the Seychelles have successfully completed their creation of a Carbon Neutral base. The Curieuse base has implemented a photovoltaic system, designed with the remit of supplying 24hrs electricity a day seven days a week, being highly corrosive resistant to cope with island beachfront conditions and to be maintenance free and easy operate. The solar system works perfectly saving nearly $7000 annually in fuel bills as well as avoiding 9 tons of Co² emissions thanks to your donations!
Thank you for supporting our projects in Africa this year, we really could not have achieved all of this without you.
This quarter has been incredibly exciting with a new website and fantastic stories coming from the field. Our new website is now live! With a greater focus on live stories and social media from the field as well a showing our impact and how people can get involved, we hope you enjoy looking through it as much as we enjoyed creating it.
Our team in Limpopo, South Africa also undertook a fantastic challenge to raise additional funds for our ‘Protect The Threatened White Rhino In South Africa’ project. It was a multi-day challenge in the Drakensberg Mountains and so far they have raised £2,558.68, 102% of their target! I look forward to sharing with you more how this was spent.
We hope to continue bringing you more news as the year progresses. We are currently celebrating raising £960,051 so far and are very much hoping to reach the 1 million mark this year!
Thank you as always for your continuing support for the work we do
Charitable Trust manager
The first quarter of 2013 is over and the Global Vision International Charitable Trust has had a promising start to the year! We have seen a steady flow of donations thanks to supporters such as you for numerous projects and our Recycling centre project in Mexico had great success in the GlobalGiving Bonus Day challenge.
We have launched our new fundraising initiative for the Trust; Adventure Challenges! In either Mexico, Costa Rica, South Africa, India, Nepal and Thailand, these offer those wanting to offer a higher level of support to the GVI Charitable Trust projects, the opportunity to spend a week wither trekking, kayaking, cycling and even paragliding to raise funds with the amazing added bonus of getting to actually see a Trust project first hand, to see the fantastic work being done and where your donations are being spent. This is a unique opportunity to visit Charity projects so please do get in touch with me directly if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you all for your fundraising efforts and donations and we look forward to reporting continued success in the coming months. For more information, please see our website www.gvi.org
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