You might have noticed that we have changed the name of this project from National Scholarship Program to The Global Innovative and Education Fund. We feel this new name is a fresh approach and showcases what this project really means. Every penny we donate has helped train and educate people that today are actively changing their community and breaking down traditional barriers.
Due to COVID-19 many people we support found themselves stuck at home and traditional training programs we supported had to be cancelled. Therefore we were excited to learn of a new virtual internship program being launched by our trusted partners, evolve abroad. With your donations we were able to help a young aspiring individual from South Africa to join a 4 week sustainable development internship to equip her for a career in tackling the issues on her doorstep.
Chelsea was awarded a $695 grant from us to join the program and she successfully passed the course which included a certified certification in the Age of Sustainable Development from Columbia University in the USA. During the internship her mentor reported that she progressed and developed in a number of key skills and completed 3 real live projects during a virtual placement. At the end of the program Chelsea completed a 3-5 year career development plan and is now working with the local community. You can see how your donation has changed her life in her exit interview here.
Our fund is almost empty but after watching how this virtual experience is changing lives we see how valuable and important gifts to this project really are and I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to please help us by sharing this project with other like minded people so together we can help people around the world break down the barriers and learn to become ambassadors for change.
We are in a world today where many communities and projects are in a critical position and this might be the last chance we have to make a difference for future generations. A donation no matter how big or small will go a long way to helping us to change.
Thank you for being part of the solution to end all global issues by 2030.
Our National Scholarship Program is a flagship for tackling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Over the past 15 years we have supported over 50 individuals around the world re-train, upskill and gain the skills to become an influencer and ambassador of change for their local community. We meet passionate and inspirational individuals regularly on our journey to tackle global issues and we know the importance and power a local person can have to action change within their community.
In September this year our charity marks 15 years of impact and it is clear as we embark on a new future the investment into local aspiring influencers is a key way to tackle the global issues. With your donations and support we have been able to fund a number of internships, training programs, apprentice placements within their own country to learn and collect the skills they need to become an influencer and ambassador, often these people are stuck in a family poverty cycle or opportunities for training are not available to them day to day. With your support, fundraising and donations we have been able to make this possible and the smile you give to someone when they can access a training program in an area they are passionate about is incredible.
Because of COVID-19 we have taken this lockdown as an advantage to revamp and relaunch this project and we have identified a new portfolio of online and offline training programs for community members to attend to learn more about the issues they can tackle within their community, it’s very exciting but obviously the key now is for us to support all these courses and through fundraising and donations. We appeal to you to please share our project with your network and we understand times are difficult right now so only if you can please donate.
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In the last quarter the GVI Trust took on a young and enthusiastic student named Dylan. With a passion for the charitable sector and determined to make a difference he put his head down and amerced himself in the great team environment
He was trained on Digital marketing Strategy Execution which includes social media, grant writing skills, event management. When he first started working for the GVI Trust he was quiet and shy but soon gained in confidence. That confidence shone through when he was awarded his first grant for Zimbabwe Education and may I add applying for grants is no easy feat. Preparing for our big SUP Charity Challenge coming up this year he organised the necessary licencing and equipment needed for this event.
Taking a liking to social media he formulated a strategy for the year increasing awareness of the GVI Trust and bringing on new followers and supporters. That really impressed us as he embraced his role to the fullest as well as working tirelessly to evolve his career development.
He completed his six months of training last December and we as a team have enjoyed watching him grow from strength to strength gaining numerous skills. We are going to miss having him part of our team but know he’s going to have a successful career ahead of him.
Once again we'd like to thank all of our supportrers, fundraisers and donors!
In the last quarter I have really noticed a significant difference in Kimyi. He has really embraced his role as Community Liaison Officer, and is such a crucial part of our team. We recently celebrated him reaching a year of working with us and the heartwarming messages written in his card by volunteers just showed how Kimyi really makes our programme strong.
When I started working with us, Kimyi was straight away very kind towards me, and would daily tell me interesting things about his country. He was though quite quiet around volunteers. I used to encourage volunteers to go to Kimyi for advice with their lesson planning or if they wanted to further their knowledge on Cambodia, and from this I could see how Kimyi started to gain confidence in leading the volunteers. Being a confident leader is definitely something that I have seen Kimyi work on in the past few months, and it is wonderful to see the difference it has made. Not only is Kimyi working incredibly well with volunteers, strengthening their abilities with his knowledge, but also Kimyi seems to be a lot happier.
He comes into work ready to go, and straight away you can see the volunteers gravitate towards him to chat and get ready for lessons with him. Not only does he get to know their abilities and strengths in teaching, but he also gets to know them personally which really adds to the family feel our programme has.
I have recently talked to Kimyi about his ambitions for the future, and he told me how he has already achieved his ambition of becoming a teacher trainer. However he does have another dream, to open his own school! It is very expensive to be able to do this, but it is great to see Kimyi striving for even more as he always works so incredibly hard. Not only does he have his job with us, but he is a teacher trainer and then spends his weekend in Phnom Penh studying to improve his qualifications.
On another occasion Kimyi told me how we have helped him so much with his English language capabilities. He feels like his speaking abilities have strengthened, and in the past month he has started to ask every day about new words. He wants to broaden his vocabulary so is always asking us to explain certain words, and often asks for advice about how to phrase different sentences. It is wonderful to see him really try and develop himself on a daily basis. Kimyi really does brighten a day and it is a pleasure to work with him.
Over the past few months our National Scholar Kimyi has been given extra responsibilities as our new Community Liaison Officer
As our Community Liaison Officer, Kimyi is responsible for our primary contact with the community. Communicating through various forms of media and in person with key contacts at different institutions, Kimyi is now responsible for discussing various topics including students' progress, cancellation dates and potential workshops with many different partners. From this Kimyi will learn how to communicate as the employee of an NGO working with many different organisations, as well as develop his organisational and logistical skills.
Kimyi was also keen to become more involved in curriculum development within the hub, and as such he is now responsible for generally improving our curriculum as well as adapting it to be more accessible and relevant to Cambodian students. Kimyi has a Masters degree in Curriculum Development and as such this responsibility as perfectly suited to him and will provide him with the opportunity to put his academic knowledge into practice.
Kimyi has been given many trainings over the past three months including a 120 hour Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course, as well as project management trainings and talks about volunteer management. We have seen Kimyi grow professionally through these trainings, taking on more responsibility in classes, in planning and with general hub maintenance
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