The End of an Era

After over 6 years of intensive research and community development work in and around the Yachana Reserve, GVI Amazon is coming to a close. We have finished our final research project (look forward to our Road Effects paper, coming soon!) and are handing over the project to our partner, The Yachana Foundation. They will continue to maintain and monitor the reserve, using it as an hands-on science education center for students -- we're very excited to see what fabulous things this next generation of scientists find! For more detail on GVI Amazon's closure, and our accomplishments over the years, please read on...
GVI Amazon Closure Statement

Friday, April 13, 2012


GVI Charitable Trust is collecting donations for disaster recovery in Fiji.  Please donate today at   Since the appeal was launched last week, donations have been steadily trickling in to help our friends in Fiji; please help us keep it coming as they are desperately in need of some assistance. The GVI Fiji field team is busy diverting volunteers from their normal duties to disaster recovery work, and need additional funds food and water, for shovels, gloves, and equipment to clear up the mud and debris, wood for house repairs, and school repairs.  Read on for more info on the flooding and the recovery projects you will be supporting with your donations.  Please tweet, post to facebook, email your friends -- help us spread the word.

The flooding in Nadi as seen from the air
On Friday the 30th of March 2012, the Western Division of Fiji experienced some of the worse flooding in recent history. Today over 11,000 people are living in basic evacuation centres, their homes destroyed by flood waters. Thousands are without electricity and running water. Many people lost their livelihoods and homes in a matter of hours without warning. Supply chains have been disrupted, buildings destroyed and infrastructure damaged, and there are fears that water born diseases will result in a health crisis.

Thousands of Fijians have been affected by the floods; many have been forced from their homes or have lost their livelihoods and the education of tens of thousands of children is under threat. When the waters finally recede, people will return to their homes and communities, where they will face a long, slow rebuilding process. The number of people at evacuation centres continues to increase, and health authorities in the Western Division have expressed concern that overcrowding and unsanitary practices could lead to an outbreak of disease.

Working with local groups and organizations, GVI Charitable Trust aims to provide support for recovery projects throughout the affected areas which will help to rebuild devastated communities, helping people to get back on their feet and on with their lives. Some of the key areas that the funds will aid are:
-       Health initiatives to help reduce the opportunities for the development of water born diseases
-       Support the Evacuation Centre support in distribution of food and logistics
-       Support of both young and elderly community memebers
-       Village clean up crews
-       Rebuilding of schools and community centers
-       Business recovery support

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