Education for neglected children in the Seychelles

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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Our new inflatable crocodile
Our new inflatable crocodile

Dear Supporters, 

Here at our GVI Cap Ternay base in the Seychelles, our partnership with the President's Village Children’s Home is going as strong as ever.

Our regular snorkel sessions with the kids are always a highlight on Tuesday afternoons. After a big week of dive training and collecting data on the reef, it’s nice to break things up and take some volunteers down to meet the kids at the beach for some silliness.

Although it takes a lot of energy, it’s always a great laugh as we splash around, wrestle, and play, all the while practicing swimming and water safety with the kids. Each volunteer brings something new and different to the sessions, whether it’s their first time or one of many. New games, songs, dances, building sandcastles, or practicing flips may all be on the menu, depending on who shows up each week.

This month we used some of the money that’s been donated to the project to buy new equipment for our snorkel sessions. Amongst many things, we bought a big inflatable crocodile, which has been very popular. We were also able to replace some of our life rings and other swimming aids.

The kids always love it when we get new equipment to play with. A big inflatable beach ball and some floating frisbees have been great additions, and let us play a bunch of new games both in the water and on land.

We also bought some very colourful arm floaties we for the younger kids, who are still getting their confidence up around the water, to use. The floaties not only add fun but are very important for their comfort and safety as well. It’s great to see them practising their swimming strokes and seeing how far they can get with the added support of the floaties. 

Although we haven’t had any big events yet this quarter, we are gearing up for Creole Day and one of our fundraising challenges to be announced soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Thank you for your continued support!

With Gratitude, 

GVI Seychelles

Everyone loves the new toys!
Everyone loves the new toys!

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Dear Supporter,

The first quarter of 2016 has been a great one for the partnership between GVI and The President’s Village Children’s Home.

Our regular weekly snorkels have been as fun as ever. It’s so great to see the confidence of each child increasing so quickly around the water as we play and swim.

The younger boys have been practicing duck-diving. We hold hula hoops at different depths below the water for them to swim through. It’s been a great opportunity for them to practice breath-holding and different swimming techniques.

Some of the younger girls (2-4 years old) are a little less adventurous. They are still just getting used to being in the water, however, it’s been wonderful to see their progress! Their new favorite game is to lay back and relax in the ocean as someone supports their head and gently tows them around in the sea.

As always, it’s so great to have our wonderful volunteers who help out during every snorkel session. Even those volunteers who are a little nervous to begin with end up having a great time getting to meet the kids and learning a bit more about the project. No matter the group, we can always see that it has been a rewarding experience for them all.

In other big news, the home was able to open two new buildings this year. This is exciting for the kids and staff, as they now have a beautiful big dining room which can seat all the children together, and a nursery area full of toys for the youngest in the home.

The older girls were able to move out of one of the smaller houses into a lovely new building with much more space for each of them. The girls were delighted to tell us all about their new rooms during our snorkel trips!

Thanks to your contributions, we have been able to contribute to the new buildings. We have bought and installed solar panels for the rooves of both buildings. This is very exciting news, as it will massively reduce running costs of the home, freeing up more resources so that they will directly benefit the children there. Once they are fully installed, we will hold another Creole Day celebration with all the kids to celebrate. 

Thank you for your generous support. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI Seychelles

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Football match at Creole Day
Football match at Creole Day

Dear Supporter,

Towards the end of 2015 we celebrated our annual Creole Day/ Christmas party. This event wrapped up another great year of fundraising and events with the President’s Village.

The day was held at the home with all the children. We had a face painting station, an arts and crafts table, a coconut bowling alley, and ring toss. We also played “Pin the Fin on the Shark”, and a few rounds of football. On top of that, there was a lot of running around, with many of the GVI guys being used as climbing gyms in the process!

Once all the games had thoroughly tired us out, it was time for a Creole Christmas lunch, put on for us buy the staff at the home. All the volunteers, staff, and children piled inside for a fantastic dinner.

After lunch, it was time to give each child special a gift, bought with money raised via the Charitable Trust. Gifts included MP3 players, footballs, barbies, cars, shoes and many more things! Once the presents had been given out, GVI received a heart-felt thank you from Mr. Toussaint, the manager of President's Village and all the children. It was truly touching to see the happy smiles on all their faces after receiving their presents and even more heart warming as we watched them all playing around with their new toys as soon as they were unwrapped.

As the day wound down and it was time for us to leave it was clear that the kids had all had a great day and were sad to see us go. Luckily for us, we continue to see them each week at our weekly snorkel sessions, so it is never goodbye for long!

Thank you once again to all those who have supported our GVI Charitable Trust program, and contributed to help us help and support the President’s Village Children's Home.

Even small donations go a long way to help us run the program and support the home.

With Gratitude, 

GVI Seychelles

Face painting and craft station
Face painting and craft station
The human jungle-gym!
The human jungle-gym!

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The Great Dash for Dubloons
The Great Dash for Dubloons

Dear Supporter, 

Look smart me scallywags, for today be the day we make a dash for all them golden doubloons! Rumour has it that our old Davie has hidden his loot around Cap Ternay, in the Seychelles, and the word be that he found enough gold to buy each lad and lass a life's supply of rum. So grab the coffer, bring a spring upon her cable, and a hempen noose to any who get in our way. We sail at sunrise!

Earlier in November our team at Cap Ternay arranged the Great Dash for Doubloons and turned into pirates in an effort to raise money for the annual Christmas party at the President's Village Home. 

After a rain delay that pushed our challenge back 2 days, we were off! The volunteers were divided into four teams and raced against each other to be the first to collect all of the treasure, hidden all around the island. The day was an underwater and land-based adventure- fitting their setting in the Seychelles!

We are so pleased to confirm that the volunteers managed to raise $544. Hitting our target and then some!

This means that we are able to buy a present for each of the children, host a fun party and possibly even have a little extra to go towards buying new equipment for our weekly swimming and snorkeling lessons. This is a wonderful way to end the year and it gives the kids a fun day to look forward to. 

We thank you for your incredible support over the past year!

With Gratitude, 

GVI Seychelles

 

Meet the pirates!
Meet the pirates!
Finding our underwater treasure
Finding our underwater treasure

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Raft Race for Rupees in full swing
Raft Race for Rupees in full swing

Dear Supporter, 

The work we do at GVI Seychelles could not be done without support of our local partners, whether directly or indirectly.  While we can often feel like we are in an isolated bubble here at Cap Ternay, living within a couple hundred meters of the marine park that we dive in so often, we work in collaboration with many partners throughout the year.  One of these partners is the Seychelles National Park Authority (SNPA)

To build upon the relationship and allow the GVI volunteers and SNPA staff to get to know each other, together we organized a few team building day activities.  You might be wondering what this has to do with the children who live at President's Village Children's Home? Well, this team building activity was a challenge to raise money for the President's Village! We all participated in our annual Raft for Rupees!

Each year at this time, rafts from GVI staff and volunteers line up alongside those of SNPA, racing to and around a mooring buoy several hundred meters into the bay, and back again.  The event continues to grow in success, and teams are certainly improving their times, with the winning SNPA team returning to the beach in less than half an hour, an all time record!  While unfortunately teams from other organizations were not able to gather teams and build rafts this year, we hope that future years will bring more teams into the equation, which may even give GVI a chance!  Well done to SNPA for reigning victorious (again) and to the winning GVI team for pulling ahead of the others in the last 20 meters!  

Another, more recent, partner the Green Islands Foundation (GIF) joined us in Cap Ternay with 15 children for a day of lessons and activities on sharks. GVI volunteers split up into three groups to teach different shark-facts. One group discussed sharks tails and teeth and what they mean for hunting, eating and swimming. Another discussed local sharks and where they are most commonly found. The last group talked about the importance of sharks in the food web. 

After all the lessons were done, we went down to the mangroves to see where the lemon sharks hide when they are pups and then headed off for a snorkel on the reef. It was great to see the kids learning so much and even getting to explore the reef.

Thank you for your support. Without your generous donations partnerships and activities like these would not be possible. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI-Seychelles

Learning all about local sharks
Learning all about local sharks
Lemon Shark nesting grounds
Lemon Shark nesting grounds

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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.gvi.org
Project Leader:
Kate Robey
St Albans, Herts United Kingdom
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