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...
Sep 12, 2014

Dia del Nino and Craft Fairs

Dear Supporter,

Last month all our project volunteers were very busy making crafts to sell at our Crafts Fair, a successful fundraiser we held last week. All the crafts were made by the students from our pre-school program and our volunteers. We were literally crafting machines! Parents showed support by donating baked goods to sell and we also had a raffle. All proceeds of the event were added to our sponsorship program fund. The Fair was very popular and we raised nearly a full years tuition for one graduate student to attend Escuela Futuro Verde in 2015. It was an enjoyable day for the community and everybody asked - "When's the next Crafts Fair!" So a lot of positive feed back and we're already planning another for the end of the year.

We also have a busy September planned. We just celebrated on September the 9th, "Dia del Nino" which is a day in Costa Rica to celebrate children. We had a really fun party for all our pre-school students, full of laughter and silliness! September 15th, is Costa Rican Independence Day. We have been busy preparing for our annual parade and parent presentation. All the students will wear "Ropa Tipica" which is typical traditional clothes and we will all sing the national anthem, the song for Independence Day and the students will demonstrate a traditional dance, then we'll have our parade in the village of Mal Pais. We'll finish with a collaboration lunch of "Comida Tipica" which is typical traditional food. It's a very colorful and  flavorful day and always lots of fun. We look forward to sharing photos with you all next month.

Many thanks to you all, for your continued interest and support with our community education project. We are very grateful and appreciative of the support. Together we are the change!

All the best,

Sonya Danchik

Project manager

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Sep 8, 2014

Saving the Jaguar

Dear Supporter, 

It is an unfortunate fact that even today jaguars face animosity from local communities across the entirety of their home range – whether from the superstition´s of the indigenous people who believe that jaguars are creatures of immense power to be feared or from cattle owners who believe their livestock to be under threat. Modern technologies such as firearms and poisons have empowered local communities to fight back against the jaguars that they see as damaging their livelihoods and the jaguar-human conflict now poses the biggest threat to their declining population.

GVI Jalova´s neighbour, Armando, has a small herd of around 30 cattle which contribute equally to his income as does the coconut plantation in which they graze. In the past six months, four of his calves have been taken by jaguars - an unusually large amount compared to the two calves taken over the previous five years. Staff at GVI Jalova believe that the historically low predation rate could be due to the fact that the typical culprits of livestock predation, i.e. old and injured jaguars, would be unable to compete in such a small but highly desirable area such as Tortuguero National Park. The reason for the sudden increase this past year is as yet unclear but it is commonly thought amongst the staff that it may be the work of two local cubs that have recently started venturing out independently from their mother - calves being the easiest prey available outside of turtle season.

After hearing of Armando´s problems, base manager Mariliana contacted Roberto Salom-Perez, Panthera’s Mesoamerica Jaguar Program Coordinator in Costa Rica, to ask for advice. Before staff at Jalova knew it a date was fixed for a visit from Rafael Hoogesteijn, Panthera´s Head of Human-Jaguar Conflict who works closely with jaguars in the Pantanal, Daniel Corrales-Gutiérrez, Project Manager of the Human-Jaguar Conflict in Costa Rica and four other Panthera representatives from all over the Americas – Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Venezuela and USA.

The visitors were welcomed to GVI´s research station within Tortuguero National Park. Staff member Frank explained GVI´s aims and objectives, which include helping initiatives such as Panthera achieve their goals, and gave an overview of the Jaguar Project and the other projects run at the station. They were then taken out into the field to admire the beautiful and diverse wildlife within the park whilst swapping stories with staff of life working in conservation. They were especially interested in the abundance of jaguar tracks clearly visible along the beach.

Staff members Frank and Marcelle accompanied the Panthera visitors to Armando´s house and made the introductions. Daniel Corrales led the discussion by describing more about himself and Panthera. It was an interesting process for GVI Staff seeing it firsthand. Daniel asked Armando questions about what animals and tracks he had seen in the area then asked him to point at pictures of them to establish which cats and natural prey species were in the area. He also asked about any animals he had seen in the past which he no longer sees. Other questions about how dependant he is upon his cattle, how he controls where they go during the day and at night and details about the circumstances in which the calves had been taken were asked to help clarify how Panthera could help resolve Armando´s problem.

After the discussion and viewing the land firsthand, the group from Panthera decided the best solution was to construct an electric fence around the cattle enclosure and made plans to return to help implement this solution, provided they could get the permit to do so inside the National Park. Daniel also gave Armando advice on farming techniques to help him improve productivity and the health of his cattle which helped create trust and respect between a man whose livelihood is being put at risk by jaguars and the conservation group trying to preserve them.

The visit gave us an opportunity to directly impact the local community by helping Armando, who helps us so much and without whom we could not be here. Furthmore, Daniel and Rafael have asked GVI to put them into contact with any other cattle owners in the area that they may be able to assist. The visit also provided a great opportunity for Panthera to see our work out in the field and to learn more about GVI and equally for staff at Jalova to learn more about our partner organisation and their work around the world.

Lastly, a potential future partnership between GVI and Panthera in the Pantanal was greeted with enthusiasm and excitement from both sides and will be discussed further on future visits!

Thank you for continuing to support this project!

Kat Cutler and Frank Spooner,

Panthera Project Field Staff

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Sep 8, 2014

Trip South 2014 - Surfing and Cultural Exchange

Dear Supporter,

The Trip South 2014 was a huge success. Your donations covered the total cost for our two 12 year old boys we mentioned in our last report (Gregory and Victor) and one adult, from a remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory, to participate in the Desert2Surf trip - Trip South 2014.

As per our previous report, we had hoped Gregory's mother, Maryanne, would join the trip. She was unable to this time, however Samuel, father of Gregory and uncle of Victor, chaperoned the boys for the duration of the trip. Samuel is a respected and exemplary Community member. He is in line to be an Elder of his Community. He and his wife both have jobs and hold positions of responsibility within the Minyerri Community. They model excellent family and community values. Desert2Surf was privileged to have Samuel participate in the trip and provide very positive feedback on the trip’s organisation and objectives

These costs included:

  • Air fares
  • Bus and vehicles 
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Entertainment.

As well as enabling Desert2Surf to teach trip participants to surf, the donation also facilitated Desert2Surf in providing trip participants with experiences which mainstream children take for granted. Ultimately Desert2Surf aims to build the capacity of remote and disadvantaged indigenous youth by building their self-confidence and physical skills while nurturing their leadership qualities. 

The surfing built the children’s self-confidence, self-esteem and self-belief and both expressed a desire to fulfil any Desert2Surf requirements in order to participate in future trips. One requirement is regular school attendance and commitment to their education generally. 

The trip also involved the boys to visit a mainstream school in Melbourne, Victoria. The school visit facilitated a rewarding cultural exchange experience. The boys thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Kinglake Primary School students and being included in their classroom and playground activities.

Thank you for supporting this project and making this trip happen. We are now excitedly planning our next trip; Stand and Lead 2014.

All the best

Desert2suft and GVI Charitable Trust

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