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...
Jan 19, 2017

Luis, Our Costa Rican National Scholar

Luis
Luis

Dear Supporters, 

Today we would like to share Luis's story with you. Luis is from Costa Rica and is a student at the Universidad de Costa Rica. He joined us on our community project in the town of El Cocal in October of 2016. 

This is his testimonial about his time with GVI Costa Rica: 

"Before GVI, my life was very different, I lived in my comfort zone where materialism had by base the stress of the day to day. One day, with much to risk, I asked myself the following question: How much life my salary is costing me? So, I decided to take the first step to initiate a change.

Thanks to a friend, I got to know GVI and applied for a scholarship; not knowing what to expect I was a little scared, I arrived unaware of the doors that were about to be opened to me. As a volunteer in the program, I first felt an enrichment due to the cultural exchange by living in the same house with people virtually from all over the World, sharing so many experiences that made me feel comfortable and identified. I got to know the methodology of the work in the field (so different to what I have always done), so I was anxious to start as soon as possible.

There’s nothing like experiencing things by yourself, so this was my case when I arrived in El Cocal. Usually people talk about poverty or the needs that some people have, but seeing it and working with those people is something else. It was a process of awareness that made me feel more human. Although the work is not easy, it is our goal to teach values to the children who will be the future of our society.

The program that GVI carries out in this community is fundamental due to the fact that we are the reinforcement to the children’s education and a pillar within the development of this partnership, to which we have been able to contribute with material goods and professional services. Our footprint is denoted within the village. The trigger of our impulse is the desire to achieve new projects, which we hope in the near future we will be seeing as a reality.

From a personal perspective, without wanting to look novelistic, there is a before and an after GVI, it has been key for opening my eyes and heart towards a reality that I was unaware of, it has enriched me and it will continue doing so, with examples and facts that I am proud to be part of. If I was contacted from my old work to return, without hesitation I would have the answer: " No thanks, I have found what I have searched for so long, here I have achieved something that your money can not pay me ".

I am very grateful to all within GVI, for having received me, for being my guides on this journey that has changed my life; for teaching me the value of things, and for giving me the opportunity to live."

Thank you for your support which makes opportunities like these possible!

With Gratitude, 
The GVI Trust

Jan 18, 2017

Neutering Program in Dang District

Neutering Clinic in Dang District
Neutering Clinic in Dang District

Dear Supporters, 

Towards the end of 2016, HART ran a 3-day sterilization program in the Dang District and it was a huge success!

In total, 124 dogs were neutered- 59 were spayed and 56 were castrated. An additional 25 dogs were vaccinated. So we helped a total of 149!

The Ghorahi Municipality proved to be a great help in the spreading of the message in the lead up to the program. They put an advert in the local newspaper and spread the message about neutering on the local FM radio stations. It was very encouraging to see so many local people bringing their free-roaming dogs to our venue to get them neutered. 

Out of the 124 dogs neutered in the 3 days that we were open, 44% of the dogs were brought in by the people of the community. The other 56% were caught by the HART staff. 

We were very sad to learn that the strychnine poisoning of dogs was carried out in Dang District prior to our arrival. The DLSO claims that it was done without their consultation.

“The poisoning had to be done as the dog bite cases was going beyond control and the two major festivals were right at the door step and there was a huge pressure from community” says one of the officials who does not wish to be named.

At a meeting with the CEO of the Municipality, he was asked about the poisoning. He acknowledged that he was compelled to do it because of a huge pressure from the community, particularly because the dogs at chowks (intersections) were biting people and chasing motorbikes. He mentioned he’s already faced criticism from media and animal groups and realizes that the poisoning is a short term solution. We’ve discussed how the program can be conducted on a larger scale if we all collaborated (Municipality, DLSO and Animal Group). He’s assured us that he would sideline a budget for next year. 

Following our discussion with the DLSO and the municipality, we are positive that no stychnine poisoning will be repeated in Dang. There is also the possibility that the four municipalities in Dang may collaborate for Dog Population Management through neutering. 

Thank you to our HART supporters, who have contributed and sent donations to help us reach these districts!

With Gratitude, 
HART

Great to see local involvement
Great to see local involvement
HART staff hard at work
HART staff hard at work
Jan 17, 2017

A new childcare project catering for 25 children!

Our new class at Little Daffodils
Our new class at Little Daffodils

Dear Supporters, 

Towards the end of 2016, we took on the task of working with the nursery class at Little Daffodils and we are very pleased to report on the progress that we have made so far. 

In a little over two months, we have seen some significant development.

The original program had little, if any, exposure to books and reading.  We know from research that exposure to books is one of the best ways to develop children’s vocabulary and attention span so we introduced a reading time to the program. The children have developed to the stage where they have a good interest in books and are able to sit and look at a book independently as well as listen to a short story.  Importantly, exposing the children to the culture of reading is something we are keen to achieve and we will encourage them to take this with them to their next school level.

Songs and rhymes are also significant in developing children’s English skills. It not only exposes the children to new words but also rhyme and rhythm.  This supports the children when they use expression in oral language as well as developing a grasp of phonics which is so important for spelling.  Songs with actions reinforce the words and also helps with kinesthetic development. We have been pleased to see the children joining in more and more with the songs and rhymes and it’s also great to see the teachers join in too.

We have also introduced a tooth brushing program. Each child now has their own toothbrush and as a group, the children brush their teeth each morning.  Our construction volunteers have made tooth brushing stations to ensure the tooth brushing is done in a hygienic and organized manner.  We also did lessons about the importance of brushing teeth and we will continue to reinforce this.

Although its early days with our participation in the nursery program we are already seeing development in the children. They are able to spend increasing periods of time at a task and are also responding to stories by pointing, laughing, and joining in with repetitive words. We are seeing the children waiting more patiently, excited to brush their teeth and responding to songs with enthusiasm.  The teachers have reported that they are learning new things and are pleased with the input we have had in the program.  We are looking forward to building on the start we have made and in particular supporting the teachers with their professional growth.

Thank you for your continued support to our project!

With Gratitude, 
GVI Nepal

Story time at Little Daffodils
Story time at Little Daffodils
 
   

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