We’re an organisation passionate about making a sustainable difference.
The GVI Trust was set up in 2005 to help with disaster relief following the devastation caused by Hurricane Stan in Guatemala. After an overwhelming response from the GVI community, The GVI Trust was firmly established.
We are dedicated to working on sustainable development projects by assisting our local, and long-standing, project partners. Our aim is three-fold. We endeavour to offer support to our project partners, to work on projects that will have a lasting impact and to offer opportunities that empower people and partners.
Since our inception, The GVI Trust has contributed over £1 600 000 to over 40 projects in the fields of community, wildlife and marine conservation and education.
Our Completed Projects
Click the map to see what we’ve been up to all around the world.
- Construction of 14 monsoon- proof houses in 2015
- Set up a community playground In Santhom Slum in 2015
- Built a school toilet block for 100 children at St Louis in 2015
- Scabies eradication drive at Palluruthy Relief Settlement in 2016
- Daily school breakfasts since 2012
- Hiring a coach for weekly sports lessons since 2012
- Funded a variety of equipment that helped improve the effectiveness of research and quality of data on a 2-year Whales and Dolphins research project
- Cyclone Evan disaster relief and recovery in 2013 through the International Disaster Relief Fund.
- In the months following the 2012 floods, we assisted 11 000 people through our International Disaster Relief Fund.
- Assisted The Animals Fiji Rescue Centre to move to, and establish themselves in a new location after being forced to vacate their old premises.
- In 2014, we funded the construction of a school library and in 2015 we added electrical points and lights.
- Increased rainwater harvesting capacity by 1million litres in the drought prone Yasawa area.
- Assisting in the 2015 earthquake relief by distributing emergency kits, school supplies and building materials.
- Supporting Street Children’s Boys Home with rent, snacks and general support since 2012.
- In 2013 we installed water tanks at the local school to collect rain water.
- Construction of a new community centre in Bandipur in 2016.
- Purchased a new surgical table for the Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust in 2014.
- Funded the construction of an outdoor shelter for the post- surgery animals at HART.
- 47 students on individual sponsorships for 2016
- 78 students on class sponsorships for 2016
- 800 students taught daily
- 254 Novice Monks taught daily
- 10 partner organisations that we work with
- 35 disadvantaged girls in women’s empowerment classes
- 35 disadvantaged girls provided with bicycles to get to school and English classes
- 10 hours of computer classes per week
- We currently support 3 elephants, Lulu, Sah Jah and Khum Suk, so that they can live freely in the forest in Chiang Mai.
- Supporting Shark Guardian to deliver conservation programs at schools and community centers since 2014.
- Since 2014, we have been printing and distribution of Whale Shark code of conduct to all local tourist spots and on all shark-watching boats.
- Supported the opening of a new Educare Hope Centre in Westlake, Cape Town and funded the running of the centre for a year during which we worked to assist our partners become self-sufficient.
- In Cape Town, we have been working with Ikhayalethemba Sanctuary since 2011.
- Paid for an occupational therapist for the special needs children in 2012.
- Funded the construction and renovation of the Nceduluntu Educare Centre.
- Purchased a tumble drier for Ikhayalethemba Sanctuary in 2015.
- Funded the repair of the Sanctuary’s roofs before the winter rainy season in 2015.
- In 2016, we assisted the Sanctuary with salary support for 5 staff members.
- Funded the installation of a brand new bathroom at Ikhayalethemba Sanctuary in 2016.
- Assisted with the installation of rainwater tanks and vegetable garden in 2016
- Assisted the Karongwe Game Reserve with the rhino de-horning operation in 2015.
- Purchasing of 2 quad bikes for extra mobility on anti-poaching patrols.
- Purchasing of 13 strobe lights to increase visibility while on night patrols in the game reserve.
- Purchased an anti-poaching vehicle in 2016 to increase mobility for rangers.
NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
- Sent 11 scholars from Australia to projects in Asia in 2015 and 2016
- Assisted 2 school groups from Tyne Met College in the UK to travel to Mexico and Cape Town in 2014 and 2015
- Forged a partnership with the University of the South Pacific and had our first National Scholars in Fiji in 2015
- In 2015, Cynthia, a National Scholar in Mexico moved to Costa Rica to take on the role of Country Director for GVI Costa Rica
- Playground constructed in El Cocal
- Complete school renovations at Roncador school. Renovations include classroom, cafeteria and playground
- Renovations of a community centre
- Establishment of a garden at the community centre
- Purchasing tracking equipment, including camera traps, to monitor jaguars
- Commissioning of signage to be put up throughout the park, including warnings, restricted areas and speed limits.
- Supplying dive and research equipment to our partners in Sian Ka’an Reserve including underwater paper, tanks, pressure gauges, masks, fiberglass measuring tapes and slates.
- Purchased temperature sensors for marine protected areas in 2016 so that our partner, Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C. (COBI) can monitor the impact of climate change.
- Contributing the full cost of dog therapy with the special needs children at the Integral Care Centre since 2014.
- Assisted our partner, Save The Children, with equipment for the children, training and development for the staff, and drinking water for the children since 2014.
- Purchased 100 school uniforms for the students at the Integral Care Centre in 2016.
- Supporting our partners, Coco’s Animal Rescue, with sterilization drives and clinics since 2014.
- Contributed the cost of a surgical room in the new Coco’s clinic centre in 2016.
- Constructed a recycling centre in the village of Punta Allen in 2013.
- in 2012 we paid for the complete installation of a solar system to take Curieuse base on Curieuse Island in the Seychelles off the grid.
- Paid for the complete installation of a solar system on the GVI Jalova base in Costa Rica in 2016.
- Installed 80 fuel-efficient cooking stoves in Honduras in 2012.
- From 2012-2014 we worked with a group of ex-poachers. The project culminated with a donation to the poachers of a slice of protected land in Tsavo.
- We have been supporting schools in the slum areas of Mombassa since 2011 with student scholarships, school lunches, school upgrades and learning materials.
- Our ongoing project is supporting Nyota Secondary School and Olives School, both located in Mombassa, with funding for teacher’s and cook’s wages and daily lunches for the students.
We have paid the tuition fees for the teacher, Andrea, to get her teaching degree.
6 Trips South- a trip for 2 students who have excelled in their community to visit the coast of Australia and learn to surf and be exposed to different parts of Australia.
13 Stand and Lead trips- day trips in the Northern Territory where the team take kids out to billabongs and teaches them to stand up paddle.
Ian Thomson, Costal Jaguar Conservation
Director, CEAI (Integral Care Centre)
Mr. Manit, Head of Huay Pakoot Village Conservation Group
Luis Enrique, School Director
Save the Children, Mexico
Bhagbati Baral, Teacher at Male Patan
Aun Ngo, FYA Community Manager
Director of Alumni Engagement
Meet Ty, an experienced manager with vast expertise in youth engagement and event management. He is an Education and History graduate and later obtained his postgraduate diploma in Management Studies. Ty oversees our alumni engagement, HR, outreach and The GVI Trust. Ty joined GVI in 2010 on our former Nicaragua base as an education and teaching volunteer. Apart from being pretty well travelled, he has a diverse range of interest and has some interesting travelling stories- ask him when you see him!
Alumni Engagement Manager
Meet Jon, a Graphic Design graduate with a passion for making a positive change in the world. Jon is in charge of our alumni engagement and ensures that our volunteers stay learning, returning and making a difference. Jon started out with GVI as a volunteer on one of our conservation programs in the Seychelles in 2013. Out of the office, he can be spotted exploring Cape Town on two wheels. Apart from being a cycling enthusiast, he is also a Beatles fan; “I used to play in a Beatles tribute band doing my best to imitate Ringo on the drums”.
Head of Operations
Kate is the one who is behind the scenes making sure that everything runs smoothly. She came to The GVI Trust with experience in marketing, sales and volunteering. She is passionate about how education can be used as a tool to realise change in communities. Kate has spent time teaching in South Korea, volunteering in South Africa, travelling in the US and Australia and she brings to the team a passion for education, a real commitment to community development and a great sense of adventure.
Steve joined GVI in 2002 and has been key in the setup and running of most of GVI’s programs and support structure. As an oceanographer and marine biologist, he has dedicated his working life to conservation, community development and sustainable resource use. Steve has over 15 years of field conservation and community development experience, spanning 5 continents, 4 oceans and a host of different eco-systems and cultures. His boundless energy and enthusiasm, commitment to sustainable development initiatives and background in working internationally with governmental, non-profit and commercial organisations, stands him in good stead at GVI.
Founder of GVI & Trustee
Having lived and worked overseas for many years as a volunteer and expedition leader, Richard has been largely responsible for the development of GVI from its early days on an island off the coast of Honduras. Richard has led and taken part in expeditions to Patagonia, the Amazon, Honduras and Malawi and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. He continues to be involved in all aspects of the day to day running of GVI and travels extensively throughout the year to GVI field stations.
Henry first joined GVI on one of the early trips in the Amazon, moving on to become project coordinator for GVI in Europe and Asia and now he serves as a trustee to The GVI Trust. He has a multitude of experience. From implementing international development programs to creating fundraising platforms enabling charities to partner with corporates to a web development and design business.
We work with a well-established network of local partners who direct and guide operations on the ground. Our partners, in conjunction with the GVI field staff, drive the direction that our work takes.
Our donor partners make it possible for us to deliver high impact, sustainable projects to our field partners on a larger scale. All of our donor partners identify a project, either once off or ongoing and we facilitate and manage the work in the field, on their behalf.
Contact us if you are interested in partnering with The GVI Trust.
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