Sponsor the Chairman Published: 16 Sep 2021

Vine Trust Chair, Alec Carstairs along with his wife Lynne, will be taking part in Scotland's Kiltwalk in Glasgow on Sunday September 26 to support the ongoing work of Vine Trust. 

Please consider sponsoring Alec at his fundraising page.  Funds raised by Alec will be topped up by 50% thanks to the generosity of Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation.

All support, much appreciated. 


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September 2021 Newsletter Published: 14 Sep 2021

Welcome to the September 2021 Vine Trust Newsletter. 

Read about our 3 year partnership project with the Church of Scotland Guild, development of the Boma, dry docking of Jubilee Hope and more. . 

Click here to see the full newsletter. 

Best Regards, 

The Vine Trust Team. 

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Amazon Hope Team Continues to Deliver Published: 13 Sep 2021

The Forth Hope set sail yesterday on its latest medical expedition but didn't have to wait long before meeting a new patient...

Dr Ronald Ramirez and the Amazon Hope medical team helped with a home birth this morning. Ronald reports that both mother and baby are doing well!

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Amazon Hope – Bringing Care To Remote Communities Published: 02 Sep 2021

One of the key features of the Amazon Hope Programme is that it works with communities to provide services where they are most in need.

It travels, often many hours, along winding Amazon tributaries, to reach riverine villages where healthcare is limited at best, and the option of travelling to a larger town is often outwith the financial reach of families.

Dr Ronald Ramirez, Amazon Hope Programme’s Head of Medical…

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Vine Trust Conference - Help Required Published: 20 Aug 2021

As previously mentioned, detailed planning and preparation for the 2021 Vine Trust Annual Conference is gathering pace, including choosing an appropriate venue. 

We have targeted Saturday 6th November for this in-person conference at a location in the Edinburgh area. The day will consist of general updates and future plans, as well as individual conferences for the construction / school and medical programmes. 

We are really excited that an in-person conference will…

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Scotland’s Kiltwalk Published: 16 Aug 2021

After the great success of Scotland's Virtual Kiltwalk earlier this year, Kiltwalk will be making its live return with 'Scotland's Kiltwalk' taking place in Glasgow on Sunday September 26 (with Government guidelines adhered to). Once again, Sir Tom Hunter will be topping up all funds raised by an incredible 50%.  There are two walks available - The Mighty Stride (16.5 miles) that leaves in the morning from Glasgow Green and finishes in…

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Big Developments in the Amazon Hope Programme Published: 05 Aug 2021

In the most recent edition of Connections we shared news of a new collaboration between the Amazon Hope Medical Programme, USAID and a Peruvian NGO, CEDRO which was to introduce a new mental health project as part of the response to the impact of COVID-19 in remote riverine communities.

We’re delighted to announce that the project has also been approved for a second phase to its work which will see…

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Peru 2022 Medical Expeditions Published: 22 Jun 2021

We are delighted to announce that applications to join the Amazon Hope Medical Programme, Peru in 2022 are now open.

Over many years we have witnessed the multiple benefits of connecting volunteers with our partner programme in Peru with expeditions. This collaboration provides a range of opportunities to share knowledge and expertise, working together to develop the medical services for remote riverine communities.

Volunteers can sign up for trips scheduled…

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The Important Role of Island Dispensaries Published: 09 Jun 2021

When the Jubilee Hope Medical Programme was launched back in 2014, an important element of its design was that it should complement and work collaboratively with existing regional and local health services. 

Although medical services on the islands are limited, a small number of dispensaries mostly run by Africa Inland Church Tanzania, are strategic locations where community members and visiting fishermen can receive medical attention. Whilst the ship has the…

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The Value of Volunteering Published: 06 Jun 2021

At Vine Trust, we are passionate about volunteering. When it is organised through careful planning and coordination with local partners and communities, volunteer support can bring significant value to the programmes Vine Trust supports in Peru and Tanzania.

We asked Dr Uzia Mohamed from the Jubilee Hope Medical Team to share his perspective on the value of volunteering:

“Volunteer support is undeniably valuable as they invest their time, money, skills…

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It’s not just what you do… Published: 04 Jun 2021

In 1939, American Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald released a song which declared that it “'tain't what you do; it's the way that you do it…that's what gets results”.  Those words are actually a pretty good summary of many of the discussions that have been taking place at Vine Trust recently.

Understanding that it’s not just ‘what’ you do but also ‘how’ you do things is key to successful development programmes…

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Medical Expeditions Update from Peru Published: 03 Jun 2021

Although the Amazon Hope Medical Programme cannot receive any volunteer support at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ship is still travelling to the communities on a regular basis to provide vital healthcare. 

Dr Ronald Ramirez, Head of Medical Services, writes to share an update:

“The most recent trip in April was successful and we were able to visit communities on the Ucayali River that we have not visited…

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