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Nepal earthquake relief is ongoing
Nepal earthquake relief is ongoing

Dear Supporter,

Things have been very busy over here at the GVI-CT and we have had some great successes that I would like to share with you. 

We are still overwhelemed by the support that everyone has shown Nepal after the devistating earquakes that hit there earlier this year. Relief effort is ongoing and there are still thousands of people whoare in need of our help. The monsoon season has been particularly tough this year due to the destruction of the earthquake. Mud slides have been numerous, road have been blocked and bridges have become un-usuable. As a result most of the reconstruction efforts have been put on hold. Once we get the all clear, we will contine the work on a community centre. Read more about the earthquake here.

In Mexico we are so impressed by our two teams who both participated in charity challenges to raise money for the special needs centre that we work at. The money that they raised has allowed us to pay for the dog therapy to continue at the centre for another 6 months. The children love interacting with the dogs and it is amazing witnessing the healing interaction between the dogs and the children. Read about our childcare project here.

Our team over in Fiji has been celebrating the success and determination of Owen Doel, who recently completed a walk around Wales to raise money to build a skills training centre in the remote district of Dawasamu. The walk was an epic 1027 miles and took Owen just over a month to compelete. He managed to raise £7000 ($10 500) and we need to raise another £3000 ($4500) in order for the project can be completed. Make a donation to help us finish the training centre here

In Cape Town we are very happy to see that our team in HQ has been raising money to support the GVI-CT. They will be taking part in the grueling Impi Challenge next weekend. It is a 11km obstacle course that will test their fear of heights, murky waters, mud and confined spaces. We wish them luck in their endevour!

So, as you can see, there has been a lot going on all around the world. 

Thank you for supporting us so that we can support our projects all around the world!

With Gratitude, 

GVI-CT

We all love dog therapy!
We all love dog therapy!
Owen walked around Wales for Fiji!
Owen walked around Wales for Fiji!

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We have completed 12 homes in Santhom Slum, India
We have completed 12 homes in Santhom Slum, India

Dear Supporter, 

The past few months have been very busy here at the GVI-Charitable Trust. Here are some of the highlights:

Nepal has been receivng a lot of our attention in the past few months since the series of devistating earthquakes earlier this year. As the monsoon season is in full force, the country continues to struggle to rebuild and our ongoing support is still needed. It is predicted that it will take 10 years for Nepal to fully recover. At present we are focusing on getting building materials to communities who completely lost their homes so that they can start building their homes again and get out of the temporary shelters. 

In our last report we mentioned the building project in Santhom Slum in India. We are very pleased to report that we have now completed 12 houses and have funds to start another house soon. All of the houses have been built on a raised concrete block so that they won't be flooded during the monsoon season. There are also plans in place to start the construction of a playground, which will create a wonderful and safe place for the children to play. 

Staying in Asia, one of the GVI staff member in Fiji, Owen Doel is walking Wales to raise money for the construction of a vocational training centre. Owen, who has been working in Fiji for 2 years, says ' GVI's Charitable Trust has allowed us to carry out large infrastructure projects, which would not be possible without fundraising. Now that I have seen what the CT can do for the communties that we work in, I would like to do something in return' You can follow Owen's jorney on Twitter @trekforfiji or via our website

Across the world in South Africa, we have been raising money for dehoring rhinos, if you would like to read more about this or offer your support, have a look at our page right here on Global Giving. Our community project in Cape Town has recently completed a 'Mad Makeover' and upgraded an old store house into a brand new home for some of the children. It has provided a comfortable, cosy environment- something that every child deserves. 

We thank you for your continued support of the GVI-Charitable Trust, without you we couldn't carry on the work that we do in the field. 

Best Wishes, 

The GVI-Charitable Trust

We are raising money to dehorn rhinos in S.Africa
We are raising money to dehorn rhinos in S.Africa
We continue to support Nepal in recovery efforts
We continue to support Nepal in recovery efforts

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Group shot of the students from Stelly
Group shot of the students from Stelly's school

Dear Supporter,

Now we are into the second half of 2015, it's a great time to reflect on how 2015 has been going so far!

This year we launched our Women's Empowerment Programs in Nepal, Fiji, India and South Africa. We have seen a lot of interest in this initiative from our volunteers. Most notably is our Nepal project, where it has gone from strength to strength with English lessons, female business development, and art classes. We were also fortunate enough to have a female Hindi speaking gynecologist join us who did a fantastic job delivering women’s health seminars to local women and mothers of Nepal.

In India, our construction project had recently a substantial donation from the Anna Cross Trust. Anna was a former GVI volunteer who passed away 2 years after volunteering with us in India and her parents set up this trust to donate to a project that affected her very strongly. The donation is going towards building houses and a playground in a local slum - construction has already started so stay tuned!

In February, our Silana. Fiji base was buzzing with excitement when we received a visit from The Minister of Youth and Sports. While speaking to members of the community in Dawasamu, the Minister said:

“It was a pleasure to witness the progress of the youth groups in the area especially in Silana as a direct result of working in partnership with GVI.The relationship between GVI and Silana youth is a unique one and it is good to see the hard work paying off for all stakeholders in the community,”

Fiji also recently had students from Stelly's School, who have been busy assisting with a variety of construction projects at three local schools. Their extensive to-do list includes: building a new kindergarten classroom walkway; repainting classrooms and school buildings; fixing tables and chairs; building a new boat playground for the children as well new composting toilets. It's great to know that thanks to Stelly's hard work, the children at all three schools now have beautiful classrooms and an infrastructure conducive to a positive learning environment.

Thank you all for your fundraising efforts and donations and we look forward to reporting continued success in the coming months.

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust

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VIDAS - Free Spay and Neutering Clinic
VIDAS - Free Spay and Neutering Clinic

Dear Supporter,

Happy New Year! We hope 2015 is full of love and happiness for you, your family and friends.

With the first month of the year almost done (where has the time gone?!), now is a good time to reflect our past achievements and establish our goals for 2015.

2014 was a year of great highs and lows, from the panic of Ebola that was felt worldwide, to The Climate March having it's biggest turn out ever, showing that there is an increase in global consciousness about the future of our planet. The Charitable Trust was fortunate enough to see an increase in donor support which lead to us winning Global Giving’s “Most Popular” by having the most number of unique donors! A huge thank you to everyone that supported us last year and made this achievement possible!

Another highlight for us, was the success of our various in-field challenges as well as the Global Giving End of Year Campaign. The project we chose for the campaign was our Protect the Threatened White Rhino project in Limpopo, South Africa with the aim to assist cash-strapped game reserves with rangers and equipment they need to effectively protect the rhinos. Although we did not get to first place, we managed to climb all the up to 11th position out of 308 projects and received a $500 bonus on top to the $7,091 raised!

Our in-field challenges surpassed our expectations with Chiang Mai smashing their target, followed closely by Nepal, Cape Town, Seychelles and Playa del Carmen! Our team in Chiang Mai hosted a 48 hour Wilderness Sleep-out in order to raise money to keep our elephants in the forest and out of tourist camps as well as funds going to help bring more of the camp elephants back into the forest. We managed to raise an amazing £2,832.29 113% above the set target! 

Going into 2015, our teams are becoming increasingly creative in their ways to raise money for their projects. Our team in India is in full swing planning their “Sweaty Bums for Slums” challenge, where the crew will be cycling from West to East India, (over 1000km!!) starting at Kerala on the Arabian Sea and finishing in Chennai. The funds raised from this challenge will go towards building new houses for families living in shacks in the Santhom slum. To find more about this crazy challenge, head on over to the team page over here.

One of our goals for 2014 was centered on our animal welfare projects which were just launched at the end of 2013. We are proud to announce that our partner VIDAS in Playa del Carmen, broke their record in 2014 by spaying and neutering 1,613 domestic animals in 6 days! In 2015, we hope to keep up with this incredible momentum and continue raising awareness on good pet practices and animal care.

One of our new projects that we are looking forward to seeing grow in 2015 is our Whale Shark Program in Thailand in conjunction with our partners Shark Guardian. We have already kicked the year off to a good start by writing and printing a code of conduct to change the diving practices of southern Thailand dive shops. The posters have the Shark Guardian certification and will let potential divers know that they are choosing an ethical company, committed to the protection of these incredible creatures. This is a big first step in the journey to a brighter future for our whale sharks!

Thank you for continuing to support the GVI Charitable Trust, we could not have achieved such incredible results without you! Here’s to another amazing year, brimming with potential to change the world.

All the best

The Chartiable Trust

48 hour Wilderness Sleep-out Challenge
48 hour Wilderness Sleep-out Challenge

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Dear Supporter,

As part of the GVI Charitable Trust's registration as British charity, each year we write a Trustee Report for our charity, highlighting how funds were spent charity wide and some of our successes. To read more about 2013 for the Trust, see the folowing link:

Trustee Report 2013 

Our trustees’ annual report helps people like you, our supporters, understand what we do. Along with our accounts, the report can show you:

  • about our work
  • where our money comes from and
  • how we’ve spent your money in the past year
  • our activities and objectives in the year
  • our achievements and performance
  • a financial review including 

We hope you enjoy reading our report. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please do get in touch with us at info@gvi.org

Thank you for continuing to support and invest in the work we do.

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust

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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

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

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