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Achievements

As an organisation we are quite dynamic, as are our well chosen partners. Due to our global spread and our range of work it is quite hard to collate our achievements into a small succinct list. Accordingly, we can only on this page, give a small taster of what we have done over the past 13 plus years and continue to do on a daily basis.

Please see some examples below of the things we have done that we are quite proud of and check our achievements and publications page and our project partners page to get further insight into the quality and scale of our global work.

Awareness – To increase cultural understanding and awareness of global issues within our alumni

  • Recruited, trained and developed over 15,000 international volunteers
  • Supplied education to over 50,000 community members
  • Researched, implemented and managed over 500 projects around the world in over 300 different locations
  • Over 75,000 regular followers of our work via our social media channels, blogs and websites
  • Reached millions of people from all over the world on key global issues and possible solutions, through our volunteers, alumni, partner organisations, social media and traditional media sources

Impact – To make long term, sustainable contributions towards key global and local issues:

Hunger and Poverty

  • Supply further education classes to over 2000 adults and students every month
  • Over 400 people trained as TEFL teachers, allowing wider impact globally as they teach others and give them the skills to access higher paid jobs and the tourism industry
  • Engaged over 130 people in alternative livelihoods in Eastern Africa, including community farms, environmental clean ups and recycling
  • Established 8 profitable eco-tourism projects and initiated more than 12 sustainable livelihood alternatives programs in Kenya

Primary Education

  • Teaching over 1000 pre-school children every year
  • Daily lessons to almost 8000 primary aged children
  • 10 schools built
  • 20 schools entirely funded
  • 69 schools in total presently receive our support
  • Over 24,000 hours of student tuition given daily by GVI
  • Student grades at the schools we support show marked improvement (in Guatemala the children at our school are in the top 5 % in the country)

Gender equality

  • GVI has worked with Grameen Bank in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru, assisting awareness and fundraising for micro-loans for women entrepreneurs
  • Run workshops for women groups and women’s education classes in Africa, Latin America and Asia
  • We are presently assessing our past work to quantify the percentage of women we have trained with our communities, and our staff teams. Happily we now have high levels of females on the staff teams and in senior management positions, but we have identified that we have not previously assessed the number of scholarships given to women, or the number of women trained by our programs. Moving forward we are recording these figures and will answer any shortfall

Child Health

  • Over 1300 school lunches and meals supplied as encouragement for parents to send their children to school
  • Additionally, we have built over 855 carbon efficient stoves in Latin America, including an entire community in Ecuador, as well as communities in Peru and Guatemala due to be finished this year, which among other benefits include reduced deforestation, reduced carbon emissions and also reduced lung disease
  • We have repaired and created almost 500,000 cubic meters of rainwater harvesting capacity through the installation of water tanks around the world and are a member of the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance

Maternal health

  • Through our health programs, which are relatively new to GVI, we are now running workshops for mothers to be and women’s groups in South Africa, Kenya, Thailand, India, and Nepal
  • Opened a rural clinic in Kenya and established locally achieved funding for its ongoing operation
  • Laid a water pipe to supply the village of Kaasani with fresh water

Major disease awareness

  • We run health programs in 6 different countries, and cover topics such as sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, malaria, and TB, through workshops and awareness programs
  • We have funded and helped distribute mosquito nets in Kenya
  • We have assisted in major natural disasters including assisting the Red Cross in Fiji, and flooding in Thailand. Both programs had a focus upon preventing the spread of major diseases in the aftermath of the disaster

Environmental sustainability

  • Conduct over 300 initiatives supporting environment sustainability around the world
  • We work with and support the National Parks in South Africa, Kenya, Seychelles, Costa Rica, Mexico and Thailand
  • We supply data used to help management of environmental resources, including National Parks, National reserves, community forest and private reserves. This data has been used to help set up of maritime zones, community managed reserves and no take zones around the world
  • We have trained over 600 researchers, professional divers, professional guides, fishermen and tourism related worked in conservation and survey techniques, including over 100 National Park Rangers
  • Together with our in-country partners, Amigos de Sian Ka’an in Mexico we are the largest contributors to the Meso American Barrier Reef conservation program
  • GVI conduct the only dolphin research program in Kenya and established Kenya first “dolphin watching code of conduct” for tourist operators
  • GVI Kenya registered the first confirmed sighting of Dugong on Kenya’s south coast in over 10 years
  • Engaged over 130 people in alternative livelihoods in Eastern Africa, including community farms, environmental clean ups and recycling
  • Constructed and organised recycling centres in Latin America, Africa, and Asia
  • Over 100,000 trees planted

Global partnerships

  • Put 60 to 70 % of all funds into our field programs, in excess of 15 M GBP
  • Raised almost 1,000,000 GBP in additional funds for the projects we support, a testament to the scope and scale of our awareness program and quality of our work
  • Our partners include some of the most respected global organisations, the Jane Goodall Institute, Dian Fossey Gorilla Foundation, South African National Parks, Kenya Wildlife Service, Costa Rican National Parks, Rainforest Concern, among many others

Empowerment – To equip our alumni with the knowledge and ability to further contribute towards key global and local issues

  • We have trained over 600 researchers, professional divers, professional guides, fishermen and tourism related worked in conservation and survey techniques, including over 100 National Park Rangers.
  • We operate a National Scholarship Program, offering free placements to host Nationals who wish to work in the fields of conservation and sustainable development within their communities. The Scheme is presently worth over 150,000 GBP per annum and we are actively seeking to raise further funds to expand this program. After the programme some scholars have followed with postgraduate studies, others are working with our local partners and some have stayed with GVI in top management positions.
  • We have established 8 profitable eco-tourism projects and initiated more than 12 sustainable livelihood alternatives programs in Kenya.
  • Many of our volunteers go on to take further or alternative studies in the field they volunteered in and work professionally in these fields creating further impact and awareness. A good example is a UK based volunteer who went on to set up a shark conservation NGO, Bite Back, and was instrumental in getting UK supermarkets to refuse to stock shark fin based products.