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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If you need something, ask.  You never know quite what might happen! Published: 07 Jun 2021

In our last edition of Connections, we shared an image of a lorry that the Kazunzu Village of Hope project was hoping to obtain in 2021 to assist with its construction work and to produce some income when not directly required by the project.

Well, we are delighted to report that a 30 tonne Volvo lorry plus a JCB Tele-handler is now in the process of being delivered to Tanzania…

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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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Alliance for the Amazon Against COVID-19 Published: 02 Jun 2021

We are delighted to announce that the medical programme in Peru has introduced a new mental health service in 2021.  The project, which will initially run until summer 2022, has been designed in joint collaboration between the Amazon Hope Programme and two Peruvian psychologists who volunteered on board the ship in 2020.  Elena Pila, National Director, shares more information on this exciting development:

“The Amazon Hope Medical Programme has recently…

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Kazunzu Village of Hope -  Progress Update Published: 31 May 2021

The development activities at the Kazunzu Village of Hope continue to make good progress with the first two clusters, each with four houses, now complete. These eight homes are the first of 40 that are planned for the village.

The farmland (shambas) connected at the back of the clusters has also been completed. Farming will provide a range of different benefits to the village, including a sustainable food source and…

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Connections 38 Summer 2021 Published: 28 May 2021

The Summer 2021 edition of our newsletter Connections is now available and can be viewed online here -

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The Value of the ‘Little Ship’ Published: 24 May 2021

There is no better way of understanding the value of any work than to speak to the people most impacted by its activities. Ruddy Rodríguez, the Amazon Hope Medical Programme’s Head of Administration, grew up in one of the villages which the Programme works with and still has family living there today.  She shares with us what life was like and the role of the Programme today:

“As a child I…

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Developing Skills Through Volunteer Expeditions Published: 24 May 2021

Over the years, as our strap line says, we’ve sought to ‘connect people to change lives’.  This has been done in a wide variety of ways, including many volunteers visiting one of our partner programmes in Peru or Tanzania.

At Vine Trust, we are passionate about volunteering for many reasons, particularly the reciprocal benefits that these opportunities can bring to all involved.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing…

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Guild Project Partnership Scheme Published: 28 Apr 2021

With great excitement and delight, Kazunzu Village of Hope Tanzania is one of six projects selected by The (Church of Scotland) Guild’s Project Partnership Scheme for the three-year period, 2021 to 2024. Local Guilds (there are around 750 groups across the country) choose which project(s) they will support, with many choosing to address two each year over the three-year cycle.

As you are aware, development at Kazunzu has started where…

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