Education
 India
Project #5828

Supporting the people of Kerala, India

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
Celebrating our 150th sensory class!
Celebrating our 150th sensory class!

Dear Supporters, 

As we ease our way into 2017, we would like to share with you what we have been up to over the last 3 months!

Sensory Therapy 

The end of January marked our 150th sensory/therapy session since June 2016! 

These sessions help the children at our local special needs school to develop and work towards their individual goals. Since June we have seen the children progress both physically and socially and both the children and the GVI team love spending time in the sensory room. Thank you to all the volunteers and donors that have helped us achieve this, here's to many more sessions and even more progress!

Back to School

Another school we have a long-term collaboration with celebrated their Silver Jubilee.  With a substantial contribution from a generous donor, the celebration was a huge success.

With the students back in school after the school holidays. We’ve been continuing Tuesday morning book club. Every week we go to one of our partner schools half an hour early so the students can practice their English reading skills with us.

Substance Abuse Awareness

At the end of February, we supported the D.A.R.E programme on substance abuse prevention, we have been working with pupils at one of our partner schools to create a stage play and dance performance raising awareness of the dangers of substance abuse and promoting a life without drugs.

New Toilet Block

February also saw the (near) completion of the construction of a new toilet block at one of our partner schools. For this project, we have been receiving much assistance from parent association members who come out every day to support the work and are not afraid to get their hands dirty. It has been a lovely collaboration and will enable the school to continue to provide support to all students in the traditional fisherman area by complying with the new health regulations.

Thank you for your continued interest in and support of this project! 

With Gratitude,
GVI India

Early morning book club meetings!
Early morning book club meetings!
Jubilee Celebrations
Jubilee Celebrations
Everyone lending a hand on the toilet block
Everyone lending a hand on the toilet block
Our day trip to the ocean!
Our day trip to the ocean!

Dear Supporters, 

Kochi embodies much of what makes present day India great and interesting; thousands of years of human development, vast ranges or cultural, social and religious influences and fast-growing communities that are continuously merging. Within the rapid stream of development, we are working with some great local partners that make sure development benefits everyone.

Local School

Sister Jancy, head of the local Mundamveli school, is ensuring top-level education for 200 students from a school building which is basically a leaky barn. In 2016 we’ve supported Sister Jancy and the school by turning the back of the school mud-pool into a high-supply vegetable garden and we’ve installed windows.

Next up, in 2017, is a safe place for the children to play outside. Together with the school, we are thinking about designs for a playground and a perimeter wall or fence.

Relief Settlement

At the request of Cochin mayor Mrs Soumini, we’ve been providing relief at a shelter for homeless people with mental disabilities. With your donations, we were able to organise weekly activities as well as a bus trip to the nearby ocean. Continued attention for the shelter has drawn other benefactors and increased support and attention from local governments.

In 2017, while taking a back seat to hopefully see the development of local support structures, we are also ready to jump-in where needed.

Auxilium School

After work in Ethiopia, sister Maria returned to Cochin to put all her efforts into the education of young people. Her well-running and high-scoring primary school for 1000 pupils offers a large number of sponsored places for students from families that cannot afford school fees.We support the education of 25 of these students that have the potential to make large changes within their extended families and communities. The long-term and continued funding means that the school can support these students long-term and shift resources from fundraising to quality of education.

Boarding School

Sister Valsa who’s managing a local boarding school for girls on a day-to-day basis is known for running a tight ship. She’ll demand GVI support with homework or English classes to be well prepared, evaluated and to have clear educational, rather than recreational emphasis. During the holidays, when about half of the girls travel to extended family, Valsa dropped her guard and suggested we organise a bus trip for the remaining girls. The trip, paid for using your donations, was a great success. Thirty girls, most without family or from complicated backgrounds, simply had a great time at the waterfalls in the foothills of the Western Ghats, the South-Indian mountain range.

In 2017, the boarding school will certainly still be on our mind and provide support where requested.

We want to thank all donors and other supporters for their funds, passion and for showing to care about our partners and their amazing efforts. With your support, our key local partners are able to change people's days, years and even lives.

We wish you a happy and prosperous 2017!

With Gratitude, 
GVI India

Raksha Special Needs School
Raksha Special Needs School

Dear Supporters, 

Raksha is a charity-funded school for students, 4-24 years old, providing education and development needs for people with activity and mental limitations. Although reasonable government and private initiatives exist to support employment of people with disabilities in India, the unemployment rate in the group is rising.

In light of the findings above and following a request from our partner school we began to deliver interactive classes aimed at developing abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable the students to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.

The classes are based on a comprehensive curriculum provided by Raksha and developed by GVI. The curriculum seeks to engage and empower students in developing their strengths in social skills, communication, body language, self-confidence, CV building, interview technique and finally being successful in the workplace.

Each unit is designed to take around 3-5 one-hour sessions, which are delivered by a team of volunteers working together with native speaking staff members from Raksha. This is fantastic for two reasons as it helps to bridge any language barriers while engaging the staff members and social workers in a new style of teaching.

In September, the initial team began with a unit of lessons which focused on the skills needed to be confident in traveling independently to a restaurant or cafe, ordering the correct food items, paying successfully and getting the correct change. Over two weeks the team worked on building up the pupils understanding and usage of ‘Golden Words’ like Please and Thank you, using menus to order food, making complaints and confidence with money management.

While initially some of the 8 pupils seemed relatively confident with the tasks at hand it quickly became clear that accuracy, confidence in new situations and independence was lacking. Over the course of the unit the pupils built their understanding and completed the course by going, with us, to a local ice-cream parlor to test their skills.

The feedback that GVI had from the staff team at Raksha has been overwhelmingly positive regarding the performance of specific pupils and our team as a whole. Rex, a social worker for Raksha who has worked closely with the volunteers said:

“The level of the pupils improving hugely, I honestly don’t have the right words to describe the changes I’ve seen in the pupils.  The students respond so well and engage in the program really well.”

“I never expected to see this kind of thing from Vishal, it’s amazing work that GVI are doing in Life Skills.”

In addition to the pupils’ enjoyment and high engagement levels, what is important is that these classes help them to feel more prepared and confident for their daily lives, leading them where possible to happy roles in secure employment.

Thank you for your continued support of this project!

With Gratitude,
GVI India

The lesson planning team!
The lesson planning team!
The new vegetable patch
The new vegetable patch

Dear Supporters, 

We are happy to bring you news about the completion of a vegetable garden in the low-income area, Mundamveli. 

St. Louis primary school is an independent school in Mundamveli neighbourhood. Situated in-between countless canals and small waters leading to the ocean, Mundamveli is traditionally the home of fishermen and harbour workers. Following rapid urban development most canals have been laid dry for real-estate development or clogged up by waste. Alternative employment opportunities for the traditional fishermen are rare and most resort to taking up short-term unskilled labour jobs for the middle-class, moving into the area at rapid rate. 

St. Louis school is primarily run from charitable funds and manages to keep cost, and thus tuition low enough for parents in the direct area to afford. After completing a critical infrastructure support project in the identified lowest income area of Mundamveli, requests for support came from the school late 2014 and early 2015 GVI started initial support with English education and reading workshops under the title ‘open library’. 

In March 2015, GVI started a programme to improve the school’s infrastructure. At that time the school essentially consisted of a big dark hall in a field next to the church. New toilet facilities were placed and windows were installed. In June 2016, at the request of the principal of the school, we started the creation of a vegetable garden on the school grounds. The project integrated experiential learning about waste management, as the garden was to be built where prior all rubbish was dumped. Classes about healthy food and vegetables were integrated as well as the growing of plants. During the process and after a multitude of teachers, student’s parents and all members of the

The project integrated experiential learning about waste management, as the garden was to be built where prior all rubbish was dumped. Classes about healthy food and vegetables were integrated as well as the growing of plants. During the process and after a multitude of teachers, student’s parents and all members of the parent teacher association were involved.

The project, which took 5 weeks to complete, now contains several raised planters on 200m2 of school ground. The planters have specialist draining to facilitate growing in monsoon season and provide a substantial part of the food used in daily school lunches. With word about the success of the project travelling fast, the Mundamveli school garden project now had become an example within the Cochin area.

Thank you for your support, which makes projects like this possible. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI India

Everyone getting involved
Everyone getting involved
Raju enjoying his handiwork
Raju enjoying his handiwork

Dear Supporters, 

Earlier this year we brought the Health and Construction volunteer teams together to complete the vocational room in the Palaruthy Relief Settlement (PRS). With the help of staff members, volunteers, and many of the residents, the room is now complete and fully functional. This has created space and the environment to allow the volunteers to train the residents in vocational skills. 

As the brain child of health coordinator Kim and construction coordinator Dave, an unused room in one of the buildings at PRS was refurbished to be put to better use for the residents. Together Dave and Kim came up with a plan to make the room a better space.

What we did

They put up mosquito mesh to the windows and Kim came up with the ideas for painting. Volunteers from all the projects, such as construction, health, sports and women’s empowerment supported the completion of the room. The lovely residents of PRS were able to assist the volunteers by using the premade stencils to draw and paint the wall.

Residents like Raju took ownership of a section and enjoyed personalizing this space. The female residents of PRS also joined in the activity and painted flowers and elephants. The place looks really beautiful with all the elephants, Indian flag, flowers and a massive rainbow. In addition to beautifying the area, the new room is now equipped with 3 tables, 20 chairs, 3 beds and 2 shelves that are full of materials for art, recreational and vocational activities.  The construction volunteers also put together a bench for PRS with the help of Raksha Special School vocational unit. The final result highlighted how much passion and energy was put into the project.

The Benefit

The objectives of our work at the settlement include sports to improve motor skills ,teamwork and hand-eye co-ordination. We also provide vocational, relaxation and social activities. Prior to the rooms completion, these objectives were difficult to accomplish.

The newly refurbished vocational room has opened more opportunities for our team and the residents. We are now able to offer a designated space for activities where we will be able to showcase the residents completed works. We are able to set out short and long term projects with the knowledge that they will not be disturbed before completion. An additional benefit is that the residents are sheltered from the sun and other weather conditions while working in a more structured environment that develops their confidence and skills. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI India

Everyone got involved!
Everyone got involved!
Thanks everyone!
Thanks everyone!

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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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