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...
Aug 4, 2014

Library Children's Activities Class

Dear Supporter,

This year’s program at the Luang Prabang Children’s Library has seen an exciting new addition to GVI’s our regular English classes. At the request of the library’s Director GVI Laos Luang Prabang has initiated a children’s activities class to cater for the kids who are participating in the library’s summer holiday care program. To maintain a fun holiday atmosphere the classes are run as English language based activities.

The children come from different backgrounds and villages in and around the town of Luang Prabang. Some of them have never had the opportunity to learn English from native speakers before. Others have formerly attended GVI run classes at other locations. All of the students are eager to learn and develop their English language skills. Word quickly spread around and we had so many students interested that we’ve added an additional class to accommodate more children. Their ages range from as young as five years old up to around 13 years old.

The students have been learning traditional English nursery rhymes such as Row Your Boat, Baa Baa Black Sheep and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. They have also been taught some modern children’s songs such as Wheels on the Bus and The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Music, song and dance is a large part of the culture in Laos, so by including them in our classes we keep it relative and interesting for the students. Children’s songs are very repetitive which helps commit them to long term memory, whoever doesn’t get Wheels on the Bus stuck in their head is superhuman! and for many students singing a word or phrase is better practice for accurate pronunciation than saying it. Every song has a dance to accompany it to help the students remember the words.

To go with the songs the students make crafts that are related to the lyrics. Over just four short weeks they have made sailboats, rivers, teapots, lion masks, sheep and even decorated their own class parachute to use in games. Everyday the children leave smiling and singing, showing their friends and family the fun thing they made and dance they learned. 

A big thank you to all those who have been involved in starting, teaching and supporting this program! Khop Jai  Lai Lai!

All the best

GVI Laos

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Aug 4, 2014

Raft for Rupees 2014!

Dear Supporter, 

On Thursday June 12th 2014, the 3rd annual ‘Raft Race Four Rupees’ took place in the Baie Ternay Marine Park on Mahé Island. The raft race organized by GVI Seychelles has taken place every year since 2012 with the goal of raising money for the President’s Village Children’s Home.

This year four teams from GVI, two from the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA), and a single team from the University of Seychelles and Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS) lined up in a bid to take the 2014 crown. Conditions were less favourable than in previous years, with a strong southeasterly wind creating a choppy sea surface, not ideal for paddling.

Once again there was variety of raft designs ranging from the simple to the extremely elaborate. Last year’s champions the SNPA were aiming for a hat trick of wins and had once again chosen a sturdy design with the plan of using their strength to take them to the finish line before their opponents.

MCSS who remained upset following the controversy that surrounded last year’s event, were determined to make no mistake this time and took an early lead. It was a position they refused to relinquish and by the time they had circumnavigated the mooring buoy to commence the return leg, they had built up a commanding advantage. In the end it was too much for anyone to catch them and the MCSS team completed the course for a deserved win in a time of 57 minutes. Second place was taken by the University of Seychelles with the GVI ‘Fire Urchins’ team securing third.

A barbecue and prize giving ceremony for the winners followed the event. Although a lot of fun there is a more serious goal behind the organization of the annual raft race event. Since 2010 GVI Seychelles has been raising money for the President’s village Children’s Home. In the past money raised from the raft race, similar events and your donations has contributed towards purchasing clothes and shoes for the children, buying bicycles for the home and facilitating camping trips to Praslin through the purchase of ferry tickets.

The 2014 Raft Race raised over SR16, 000 and we would like to thank all the participants and everyone who donated to the cause.

GVI Seychelles is now looking to install a Photovoltaic renewable energy system at the President’s Village Children’s Home. The system will reduce the cost of monthly electricity bills allowing the home to make savings that can be better spent directly on the children.

Recently GVI Seychelles placed an order for a 5.4kw PV System for installation at the President’s Village. The system will be purchased and installed in phases, allowing for it to be built up over time. It is hoped that installation of the system will commence towards the end of the year.

Thank you for continuing to support this project.

All the best

GVI Seychelles

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Aug 4, 2014

WASH initiative in Yaqeta Village

Dear Supporter, 

I'm excited to announce that GVI have completed a month long Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiative which involved the installation of new hand washing stations and the delivery of basic hygiene education. To date this initiative has increased the village of Yaqeta’s potable rainwater holding capacity by an additional 42,000L!

This project run has been run in close collaboration with the community of Yaqeta village, formally known as Matayalevu. Yaqeta is one of the largest villages in the Northern Yasawas. Like many of the villages within the district, water security continues to be a major issue for the community. This is fundamentally caused by a lack of rainwater in the dry season but exacerbated by inadequate water infrastructure, a lack of maintenance on existing rainwater harvesting systems and a general lack of education and knowledge on the best ways to collect and store water. In line with GVI’s goal to promote water security throughout the central and northern regions of the Yasawas, the GVI community team felt that it was imperative to work to address water scarcity issues within this village as part of a comprehensive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) initiative.

Tank installation and maintenance

The provision, installation and maintenance of rainwater tanks has significantly improved the capacity for fresh drinking water within Yaqeta village. This project has worked directly towards Millennium Development Goal Target 7.C which is to ‘halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation’ (United Nations, 2013). GVI has ensured that a further 42,000L of fresh rainwater can now be collected throughout the village. This was achieved through the provision additional water tanks and also through basic improvements the performance of existing collection infrastructure through repairs and general improvements.

Members of the community were eager to assist and the importance of regular maintenance of water tanks was emphasised during village meetings. GVI helped to ensure that specific members of the village were tasked with the maintenance of each tank, in an effort to ensure that the community collectively arranged ways for individuals to take ownership of the installed tanks.

Hand washing stations and hygiene education

To address the issue of the lack of hygiene facilities, GVI have completed the construction of basic hand washing stations referred to as tippy taps (the design originating from India) within Yaqeta village. Seven Tippy taps stations (5 in the village, 2 at Yaqeta School) were been built, equating to 175L of available hand washing water. This simple structure uses materials which can be found around the village to produce a tipping container controlled by a foot lever. This creates a hands-free washing station which can be easily reproduced by all families within the village. Practical workshops on how to construct tippy taps were also delivered, and the GVI team helped individual households to build hand washing facilities.

GVI Fiji will continue monitor water security and hygiene facilities within Yaqeta over the coming months.  A follow up tank maintenance workshop will also be held to ensure the rainwater harvesting systems are being correctly cleaned and maintained.  Hygiene awareness will also be integrated into the primary school curriculum in the new term and the newly installed hand washing stations will continue to be maintained and their use encouraged by school teachers. This new WASH initiative has been highly successful and well received in Yaqeta and will provide the basis for our future community projects within the area.

GVI Fiji

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