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 3, 2014

Water and Sanitation Efforts

Dear Supporter,

As part of a wider conservation and community development effort GVI in Kenya is supporting health awareness and disease prevention efforts in the Shimoni sub-location. There are a number of health issues affecting the area of Shimoni and many are preventable such as malnutrition, diarrhea, malaria, and Tuberculosis. Health awareness efforts to prevent these diseases include research programs for local community organizations such as the Dispensary and Community Health Workers, support for awareness outreach activities and health-related education in local schools through health clubs and life skills classes.

In the Shimoni area many residents do not have access to bathroom facilities meaning that they are forced to defecate in the open. In some cases even if they have access to a bathroom facility they still use open areas such as bushes, due to a lack of education or understanding of the problems associated with open defecation. This is especially true with children who are often the most vulnerable, and the most likely to spread illnesses associated with poor sanitation. Teaching children about good sanitation practices and starting the discussion at a young age will establish healthier habits and prevent the spread of illness.

Using materials from WASH United, Unicef and the WHO the health project volunteers created lesson plans focusing on the importance of good sanitation habits with the 50 students of Mkwiro primary school ‘health club’ and the Junior Academy primary school classes. The students spent class time discussing the water cycle and sources of water in the area, what they use water for, what contamination means, how water can get contaminated and how contamination affects our bodies. The students were given cards with pictures of good sanitation practices and bad sanitation practices and were then asked to explain why they were good or bad practices and how they could fix the bad sanitation practices. The students responded very well to the activities and some were surprised at the different ways bad sanitation could affect their health, but were eager to participate and work on solutions.

At the Shimoni secondary school the topic of water, sanitation and hygiene was also discussed. Across the last month approximately 80 students were taught about different illnesses and diseases that could be obtained from open defecation and contaminated water such as intestinal worms, diarrhea, Amoebiasis, Polio, and Hepatitis A. They were then taught about different public health campaigns and asked to come up with a campaign to end poor sanitation in their own community. The students were asked to pick one way that their water source could become contaminated and find a solution to overcome that problem. At the end of the assignment the students were asked to stand in front of the class and explain their campaigns and convince the class as to why the problem should be fixed. There was a huge response from the students and they were very eager to look at ways to make their own communities healthier.

While building the necessary infrastructure needed for a healthy environment is important, it often does not solve the problem without including education and awareness needed to change behavior. Raising awareness in the schools alongside construction of critical infrastructure is critical to long-term success. Bringing up the discussion of hygiene at a younger age means children are able to develop healthier and more sustainable habits that they can build on later in life.

Thank you for taking the time to read this report.

All the best

GVI Kenya

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Aug 29, 2014

5 sites of MBRS Synoptic Monitoring completed

Dear Supporter, 

One of the main objectives of Pez Maya marine conservation project is to collect data for the MBRS Synoptic Monitoring Program on behalf of our partners Amigos de Sian Ka’an (ASK) and CONANP. We train volunteers in four different MBRS methodologies, and when they complete their training they start to monitor. This quarter (April-June) we managed to complete five monitor sites for fish and coral.

Objectives

  • To continue with the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS) Synoptic Monitoring Program in strategic locations in the north of Sian Ka'an reserve, to provide current information on the status of the reefs for management decisions.
  • To train participants in the expeditions in the MBRS methodology, through the identification offish, hard corals, invertebrates and algae.

The volunteers are trained in the four different methodologies of MBRS: Point Intercept method for percentage cover (PI), characterization of the Coral Communities (CC), and belt transect counts for defined fish species, adults and recruitments / juveniles. Volunteers go through extensive training both in and out of the water, learning Latin names for corals, conducting coral and fish identification tests, practice monitoring, sizing, laying lines, etc.  Training can take anywhere between 4-6 weeks depending on ability, logistics and weather.

Each quarter we aim to monitor as many sites as possible, and for the April to June quarter we were very happy that we managed to complete 5 out of 11 monitoring sites. It was really successful and a great occasion was when we had four different monitoring buddy pairs on one boat.

Results

For the April- June quarter a total 5 sites were monitored from 11 sites: Pedro Paila 05 (PP05), Pedro Paila 10 (PP10), San Miguel de Ruiz 10 (SMDR10), San Miguel de Ruiz 20 (SMDR20) and Punta Yuyum 20 (PY20). Both coral and fish transects were completed at these sites. 

PP05 presents a high predominance of algae cover (74.50%) and a low percentage of hard coral cover (7.33%).

The dominant fish family is Acanthuridae with 84.55%, this is due to the higher number of individuals of blue tangs, ocean and doctor surgeon fish, which are most common in the reef. Also these species often travel and feed in schools which makes their presence in the transect higher. 

All the sites were done for both coral and fish giving us a clear idea of what is happening on the reef. Thank you for supporting this cause, your donations make all the above happen!

Thank you

GVI Mexico

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Aug 8, 2014

Kutullo's Journey

Dear Supporter,

Following our last report, we wanted to bring you a testimonial from Kutullo himself on his experiences with GVI:

My journey started a long time ago, when I was still in primary school. GVI used to visit our school every week and teach us about the natural world and the animals around us. It was then that I fell in love with the wild and wanted to learn as much as I could.

At the end of the school year GVI ran a competition for all of the children in my school to have the chance of going on a game drive, around the Karongwe reserve. I couldn’t believe it when my team won! I had never been on a game drive – even though where I lived was surrounded by game parks. In fact none of my family has ever gone on a game drive – I was going to be the very first one!

Arriving at the GVI base we were greeted by the staff and then helped onto the GVI trucks. I clearly remember the excitement of travelling through the reserve with my classmates and wondering what we would see. We saw lots of antelope and were lucky enough to see two male cheetah too.

It was at that moment I felt that I had just found my ‘soul’. I fell in love with the animals on Karongwe and knew that one day I wanted to work as a guide when I finished school.

After I finished High School I joined Daktari Bush School to learn more about our natural world for eighteen months. It was towards the end of this that I was lucky to have another breakthrough in August 2013, I was accepted by GVI as a National Scholar to attend the Karongwe Wildlife Research program for 12 weeks.

That was literally the most exciting 12 weeks of my life. I learnt so much about wildlife, tracking game, the environment and managed to get my FGASA Level 1 Nature Guide Qualification. I felt I was well on my way to achieving my dream of becoming a guide.

My study and hard work paid off when GVI offered me a role as a Research Assistant. That was truly the best thing that has ever happened to me. It was a very emotional moment for me. I felt I finally achieved my childhood dream when I took my first game drive. Now I get the chance to introduce people to the amazing wildlife of Karongwe – just like GVI did for me when I was a child.

Kutullo's journey has only been possible through your support so thank you.

All the best

GVI South Africa

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