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...
Nov 29, 2016

Another Elephant Comes Home!

Welcome, Don and Charlie!
Welcome, Don and Charlie!

Dear Supporters, 

GVI Chiang Mai works with the local community of Huay Pakoot to help bring their captive elephants back to the forest. Asian elephants in Thailand are hugely affected by deforestation and habitat degradation meaning that there is very little land for elephants to be released back into the wild. GVI Chiang Mai is fortunate to partner with the community of Huay Pakoot who allows the elephants to live in a semi-wild environment in the forest in the surrounding area.

The majority of our elephants have been a part of the GVI herd for over 4 years now and we work very hard with the current elephant owners and mahouts to ensure that they understand why it’s imperative to their elephant’s well- being to allow them to live in their natural habitat.

Our dedication to ethical elephant tourism is also why GVI is approached by new owners to take their elephants from the tourist camps and return them to the forest.

At the beginning of October, we were approached by Don, nephew to our mahout Patti (Thong Dee’s mahout) who has been with the GVI project since it started in 2010. We were asked if it would be possible for their male elephant, Charlie, to join our GVI herd. Because of your donations, which already support 3 of our elephants, we are able to bring more elephants, like Charlie, back to the forest.

Introducing Charlie

Charlie is a beautiful 9-year-old male who was born in a camp in Northern Thailand and used to spend his days painting pictures for visiting tourists. Charlie is grandson to Thong Dee and has never lived in a forest before, having spent his whole life in the camp. His mahout, Don, is working very hard to help Charlie adjust to an environment he should be naturally suited to but has never experienced before. He is slowly being introduced to the forest and learning which foods are best for him and the most delicious! Previously, Charlie would have been fed by his mahout in the camp, so has never had the opportunity to explore the forest and feed for himself, something which is vital to an elephant’s well-being. Captive elephants rarely get the opportunity to choose who they want to socialize with, however once Charlie has adjusted to the forest and feels confident, he will join the other elephants and hopefully spend some time with his grandmother, Thong Dee!

Thank you so much for your support!

With Gratitude,
GVI Thailand

Charlie getting used to his new home
Charlie getting used to his new home
Nov 29, 2016

Karongwe's New Anti-Poaching Vehicle!

Our New Vehicle!
Our New Vehicle!

Dear Supporters, 

The Problem

Since 2008 poachers have killed at least 5,940 African rhinos…

Rhino poaching is currently at a crisis point. By the end of 2015, the number of African rhinos killed by poachers had increased for the sixth year in a row with at least 1,338 rhinos killed by poachers across Africa in 2015 with the vast majority of these poaching incidents occurring in South Africa. If this merciless slaughter continues rhino will be extinct by the year 2040.

The current poaching epidemic is attributed to the growing demand for rhino horn in Asian countries, mainly Vietnam and China. Vietnam has been identified as the largest user country of rhino horn. Although rhino horn has no scientific medical benefits, consumers are using it to treat a wide range of conditions, from cancer to hangovers, and due to its high value it is now also used as a status symbol by wealthy individuals. The high price fetched for the horn has attracted the involvement of ruthless criminal syndicates who use high-tech equipment to track down and kill the rhinos.

The Solution

Karongwe is one of the few private game reserves in South Africa who preserves the white rhino. Reserves who choose to accommodate these magnificent creatures do so with great responsibility. Law states that an anti-poaching unit must be active within any area containing rhino, a necessity due to the incredibly high demand for their horn. The anti-poaching team on Karongwe never sleeps. Their patrols run 24 hours a day 7 days a week, as the risk of intruders is constant, surprisingly even during the day.

The addition of this new vehicle to their patrols enables the unit to send an extra set of eyes and ears out on the reserve every day. It is this presence that assists in deterring poachers from initially entering the reserve as well as detecting their presence earlier if they have already penetrated the fence.

Not only is this vehicle a fantastic asset to the anti-poaching unit, it also reiterates a positive relationship with reserve management and landowners alike. It is contributions such as these that prove our commitment to a shared goal, the conservation of this unique endangered species. 

Thank you for making it possible for us to increase our mobility in Karongwe!

With Gratitude,
GVI South Africa

Nov 29, 2016

Thank you for a wonderful 2016!

Happy Children!
Happy Children!

Dear Supporters, 

As the year draws to a close we reflect on 2016 and all we can be thankful for.

We have really had a wonderful year full of volunteers and service projects. We just hosted a group of IB students from Hautlieu School in Jersey U.K. who were completely inspiring. We have had an amazing group of students and teachers with lots of opportunities to learn and laugh together, we have hosted some fun and successful community fundraiser events and we finally had huge success with our vision for a world school when Futuro Verde was accepted as an IB candidate school earlier this year! 

There is a lot to be thankful for!

We are excited to see what the future holds for bilingual education, and education in general, in this rural area of Costa Rica. Hopefully, our capital campaign for the construction of Futuro Verde's new Eco-Campus will take off and we can start building soon. We have already started a school and student exchange program at Only Love and Futuro Verde. Futuro Verde has also hosted several teacher conventions for bilingual education and sustainability. We have some great things planned for 2017 and we are eager to learn and grow, as always!

We are currently busy planning our Kindergarten Graduation at Only Love ELC and preparing for our summer fair fundraiser and 2017 enrollment. What a great way to end a wonderful year!

As always we would like to thank you all for your interest and support with our project and we wish you all good health, love, laughter and a Happy New Year!

With Gratitude, 
Futuro Verde

Great Times with Service Groups
Great Times with Service Groups
Our growing garden
Our growing garden
Dream Catchers!
Dream Catchers!
 
   

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