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...
Dec 18, 2016

Thank you for your support in 2016!

Thanks from the sharks!
Thanks from the sharks!

Dear Supporters, 

From all of our staff, volunteers, local partners and the sharks we’d like to say a massive thank you for your amazing and generous support during 2016!

Our local partner organisation, Shark Guardian, is making a bigger impact on the ground because of you and your support. Your contribution may seem like a small contribution but when lots of us contribute for the same cause we manage to overcome many obstacles.

Our main project that we worked on this year, in conjunction with Shark Guardian, was the translation and printing of children’s books. The book was written by the founders of Shark Guardian and it aims to teach children about the overall importance of the sharks in our oceans and to help them understand the importance of protecting these incredible species. Your donations have been used to hire a local translator to translate this important message into Thai so that we can distribute them to the local schools in the new year. Your donations have also been earmarked to pay for the printing of the books. We look forward to sharing the news with you about how the books have been received and what impact they have!

During the course of 2016, we have participated and hosted a few fundraising events. The most notable were the Sand Shark building competitions held on the beaches at Khao Lak. All funds raised during these events have been contributed to Shark Guardian to assist the work that they do.

Our plans for 2017 are big! We would like to broaden the scope of this project so that we are able to assist more marine conservation partners in the Phang Nga region. For example, we are currently working on a turtle enrichment project and with additional funding we know that we will be able to enhance the scope and impact of this project. We also have a new pangolin project in the pipeline and would love to be able to secure funds so that we can buy the necessary equipment to get it off the ground! We hope that these sound as exciting to you as they do to us!

Once again, a massive thank you to each and every person who has donated to, and supported this project in 2016!

We wish you all a happy and prosperous 2017.

With Gratitude,
GVI Thailand

Dec 16, 2016

Looking back on 2016 in the Seychelles

Annual Raft Race Fun!
Annual Raft Race Fun!

Dear Supporters, 

We support the President’s Village Children’s Home which provides housing and care for up to 65 children from vulnerable backgrounds. Accommodation and activities at the home are split up by sex and age group and while they do receive some government funding, they rely on donations to maintain and improve the quality of life for the residents.

Our main fundraising event was our annual raft race which was held in Baie Ternay on the 8th of October and jointly organised with our partner organisation SNPA. This year saw the biggest turn out so far with 14 teams participating, up from 5 the previous year.  In addition to raising money for our partners, we also wanted to raise awareness about waste management. All the rafts had to be home-made from previously used and / or sustainable materials e.g. jerry cans, old life jackets and buoys, bamboo etc. It was really good to see how much effort the teams put into using recycled materials for their rafts and the event was covered by local TV and radio so we can expect an even bigger event next year! A massive thank you to SNPA for helping with the organisation and providing the trophies; To the Ephelia Hotel and Sustainability 4 Seychelles (S4S) for their prize donations; everyone who generously donated food for the BBQ; and of course to all the participants; families; supporters and donors who all helped make this such a special day.

To boost our funds for Presidents village we have improved our log books by professionally printing on thick card for the covers, updated species lists and turtle ID and reducing the books to half A5 so they fit in pockets easily. This has boosted sales of log books. In addition, we have started making purses out of used tetra packs that can be sold at events such as the raft race and the upcoming Seychelles Sea Festival.

Our next event ‘Christmas Creole’ is held on the 5th of December and your funds will go directly to buying presents for the children. For many this may be the only gift they receive at Christmas and we are really pleased that we are able to give the children something they wished for. Some of our long-term volunteers this quarter have formed strong bonds with the children and I’m sure they will find it so rewarding to see how their fundraising efforts impact them.

Funds raised also go towards buying arts and crafts supplies and sports equipment to use at creole days as well as replacing floaties and snorkelling gear for our weekly beach sessions. In addition, donations are used to buy essentials for the home such as kitchenware, washing machine, deep freezer. Funds left over this quarter will be used to replace some of the old snorkel gear, and making sure we have a range of sizes to suit all.

Our involvement with PV will continue next year with our weekly snorkel sessions, we are discussing other ways we can help the home e.g. homework support, swimming lessons etc., and visiting the home regularly for ‘Creole Days’.

A massive thank you to everyone who has made a donation to PV, and to all our volunteers and staff for your hard work and unlimited enthusiasm and energy with the children.

We wish you all a happy and prosperous 2017!

With Gratitude, 
GVI Seychelles

Fun times by the sea
Fun times by the sea
Dec 15, 2016

2016 Achievements and Results in Jalova

Thank you for your support in 2016!
Thank you for your support in 2016!

Dear Supporters, 

As 2016 draws to a close, we like to take a few moments and reflect on what we have managed to achieve here in Tortuguero National Park (TNP) thanks to your amazing support.

TNP, where Jalova Research Station is located, is a protected area for thousands of species, some of them listed in the IUCN Red List of Endangered or Vulnerable Species. Working in partnership with SINAC, Coastal Jaguar Conservation (CJC) and The Sea Turtle Conservancy, we work towards the conservation and research of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. We work to support the work of the local park rangers who work tirelessly to protect the wildlife here. Most notably is the work to conserve the turtles and jaguars who call this park home.

Camera Traps

During the course of 2016, we supported our partners at CJC by purchasing and installing 9 camera traps and the associated material required to keep them field operational. These cameras are essential to the continued monitoring of the jaguar population of TNP, and their predator-prey relationship with the four species of marine turtle that nest in the area. We have managed to gather valuable footage and data over the course of the year using these traps.

In August we had one of our busiest data collection periods yet, and the camera traps were invaluable. We were able to capture incredible footage of Jaguar predation on the marine turtles. We came across a record number of 44 kill sites on the 15 mile stretch of beach. We are then able to set up camera traps near the kills to see if there is any more predation activity on the carcases. 

Park Signage 

We were also able to purchase new signage for TNP. The 38 signs that we were able to get made and installed, illustrate the restrictions and regulations in TNP. There are signs indicating the road speed limits, the prohibition of fishing, hunting and poaching activities, and speed limits within the river channels. This offers a huge amount of support for the rangers and makes their supervision and monitoring activities in the park a lot easier.

Your support makes the work that we do possible. Thank you for supporting us in 2016!

We wish you a happy festive season and a prosperous 2017. 

With Gratitude, 
GVI Jalova

Setting up camera traps (picture by CJC)
Setting up camera traps (picture by CJC)
Brand new park signage
Brand new park signage
 
   

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