Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Working with local grassroots charities and NGOs in 13 countries across the globe, the Global Vision International (GVI) Charitable Trust manages and raises funds for numerous long-term programs. These funds are used to support our local partners with the aims of alleviating poverty, illiteracy, environmental degradation and climate change. We do this through education, nutrition, conservation and capacity building. Our work focuses upon 3 key objectives: awareness, impact and empowerment. The aim is to create awareness of global issues, have a direct impact on those issues locally and empower our alumni, be they volunteers, donors, staff or community members, to continue impacting local iss...
Feb 28, 2017

Planting Banana Trees!

The newly planted banana trees
The newly planted banana trees

Dear Supporters, 

Throughout the year we buy additional food for our elephants to assist with health checks and also as a little treat for them every couple of weeks! We currently buy our produce from markets in Chiang Mai, but we would like to become as self-sufficient as possible and grow our own banana trees to feed the elephants.

We are fortunate enough that our base is surrounded by unused land, so volunteers, interns and staff have spent the last few months clearing the overgrown weed filled area. After the area was cleared, they dug 16 deep holes for the young banana trees – not an easy feat in the middle of the dry season! With the help of villagers, we were able to source banana trees surrounding the village, which the interns then had to dig out, cut the top and replant to help with regrowth. 

The interns are now watering the banana trees daily to ensure they have enough water as the ground is very dry at this time of the year.

It is our hope that the village will be able to become self-sufficient with regards to being able to supply their elephants with a variety of foods. With the intern project, we hope to inspire the villagers to also grow other crops that they’d also be able to supply to the elephants, such as pumpkins or elephant grass. This would also help to achieve two of our project aims; ‘to increase and promote ethical elephant tourism and ‘to create a viable self-sustaining eco-tourism programme for the village.’

As we continue to return elephants to the forest we need to ensure there is enough food for them throughout all of the seasons and having villagers grow alternative crops will help us guarantee that they’ll have variety and plenty of foods. Having the villagers grow these crops will give them an alternative income than just growing rice and corn.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to clear the area, dug the holes and replanted the trees!

With Gratitude, 
GVI Thailand

Hard at work in the Thai heat!
Hard at work in the Thai heat!
Feb 28, 2017

Local Fundraising for Water at Community Centre!

Stirring the delicious soup!
Stirring the delicious soup!

Dear Supporters, 

Our community centre is nearly finished- the final project that needed doing was the implementation of a water supply system. The community centre is now being used on a daily basis for classes and other community activities, so having a supply of water for drinking and general hygiene and sanitation is imperative. 

After consultation with the community leaders, it was decided that they wanted to do local fundraising in the form of a lunch-time soup sale for the wider community.  

This was a wonderful idea and a really great way to have the community get involved!

Getting ready for the big day

Various ingredients and utensils were needed for the day of the soup sale and there were lots of community members that made offers to donate and bring along the things that they had to make the occasion a success. GVI donated the meat for the soup, and of course our staff and volunteers time- as the soup sale was on a Sunday, it was not a mandatory day that staff and volunteers are expected to work but everyone eagerly accepted!

The day of the soup sale

Sunday morning came and we joined together with some of El Cocals in full spirits to cook the soup and raise some money! 

The morning started with a lot of chopping- the volunteers were intently following the instructions of the community members to find out exactly what to do. The soup was cooked on the fire outside in a large pot in a typical style of cooking Olla De Carne. This was a great opportunity for the volunteers to learn more about Costa Rican culture! The children were so happy to see the volunteers on a Sunday and tried their best to distract them by asking them to come and play with them! Everyone took turns playing and stirring the soup!

The smell enticed many passersby and many people were happy to come and buy a bowl of soup, especially when they heard what the money was going to be used for. The soup was delicious and it wasn't surprising that we sold out!

Success

We exceeded our expectations and raised 66 500 Colons- almost the total amount that we need to bring water to the community centre! Overall, the day was hugely successful- we all worked side by side for a common goal to raise money for the community centre and we all couldn't be happier at the outcome!

Thank you for your continued interest in our work!

With Gratitude, 
GVI Costa Rica

Chop those vegetables!
Chop those vegetables!
Yummy!
Yummy!
Feb 27, 2017

The 1 Year Anniversary Since Cyclone Winston

The new Silana Village sign
The new Silana Village sign

Dear Supporters, 

On the one year anniversary of Cyclone Winston, the people of Silana Village are remembering the dramatic events of this day, 20 February 2016, 12 months ago. 

The villages of Dawasamu District were all badly affected during the category 5 cyclone which swept along the coast uprooting trees, destroying houses and scattering debris throughout the area. In the weeks following the cyclone, GVI's Community Partners in Silana worked diligently to help collect and clear rubbish and debris, particularly scrap tin, which littered the village. These same community partners then took responsibility for assisting other villages in Dawasamu District with their clean ups too.

As the weeks turned into months, members of the community slowly began to rebuild their homes and started to replant crops which were all washed away during the cyclone. With support from the government donations of food and clothes and your donations, everyone started to get back on their feet. 

As we neared 2017, the area was struck another blow, the heavy rain in December led to excessive flooding in many parts of Fiji particularly in the villages of Dawasamu. This resulted in many of the replanted crops being washed away once again. Due to volunteers' donations immediately after the cyclone, GVI was able to provide five weekly deliveries of food, including supplies of flour, sugar, rice and dhal for each family. This was greatly appreciated by the village, as governmental donations had now ceased and the damage to replanted crops had limited the food that could be harvested. 

At the present moment, times remain challenging for Silana and the other villages in Dawasamu but today is a day of remembrance and gratefulness rather than sorrow. As a mark of respect, GVI's Community Volunteers spent the morning of the anniversary of the cyclone putting up the new Silana Village sign, which replaces the previous one destroyed by Winston. The old sign, lovingly created by a previous volunteer Deborah
, was held in high esteem by the village who were so proud to show others that GVI lived and worked in Silana.

The new sign is a symbol of GVI's continued partnership with Silana Village and Dawasamu District, through thick and thin, good and bad. 

We are all #StrongerThanWinston!

From all of us in Fiji, thank you for your continued and generous support over the past year!

With Gratitude, 
GVI Fiji

 
   

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