Delivery of School Kits in the Amazon Published: 07 May 2024

Thanks to an alliance with Peruvian NGO, the OLI Foundation, the Amazon Hope Medical Programme recently supported a campaign to deliver much-needed school kits. 

The OLI Foundation financed the kits and the shipping cost from Lima to Iquitos. The Amazon Hope Medical Programme transported the kits on the Forth Hope medical ship, delivering them to the children and young people in their schools. 200 kits were delivered to 6 schools in 5 communities on the…

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Hope Reaches The Borders Published: 08 Mar 2024

Poverty and exclusion in Peru are very big problems. These situations are worse in rural areas, even more so in the Amazon (accessible only by river) and greater still in border areas (the furthest from the capitals and basic services). Thus, the Amazonian communities on the borders are among the poorest and most excluded that exist.

Among these communities are Alanza Cristiana - Andoas and Santa Rosa. The Andoas district…

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Kiltwalk 2024 Published: 14 Feb 2024


Scotland’s Kiltwalk in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee.

We would like to invite the Vine Trust community to come together again to raise funds to support our work with partners and their communities in Peru and Tanzania.

Can you help us reach our target of raising £30,000 for the work of Vine Trust by taking part?

You can find out…

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Global Citizenship Conference - May 2024 Published: 29 Jan 2024

We would like to invite you to join us for the Vine Trust conference on Saturday the 25th of May 2024, to be held at the Vine Trust Barge in Edinburgh.

The conference will be looking at Global Citizenship in 2024.

We will be welcoming representatives from our partners in Tanzania and Peru who will give updates on their programmes and also how volunteering, both international and in-country, has supported…

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Message from Willie Published: 03 Oct 2023

To all our Volunteers, Supporters, Donors and Friends. 

Please see the following message from Willie.

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NEW SHIP FOR TANZANIA! Published: 02 Oct 2023

We are delighted to announce that a new ship will be joining the Jubilee Hope Medical Programme to expand the reach of services to remote island communities on Lake Victoria, Tanzania.

This new ship, the MV Lady Jean, will complement the work of MV Jubilee Hope, playing a key role the roll out of anti-retroviral HIV medications to island communities in great need of this new service.

With significant support…

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Community Health Agents and Holistic Medical Care in the Amazon Published: 18 Sep 2023

In the fifth of his blog posts on the Amazon Hope Medical Programme's mental health component, Programme Director Román Rodriguez talks about the concept of Community Health Agents and how they can support the physical and mental well-being of those living in isolated and vulnerable communities. 

For decades, the Ministry of Health of Peru implemented a great idea to promote health in the country’s most remote communities: train some members…

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Board Announcement Published: 05 Sep 2023

The Vine Trust Board wishes to advise our supporters that after more than 20 years at the helm, Rev. Willie McPherson will be stepping down from his role as CEO of Vine Trust.

Willie has been inspirational and unwavering in his passion to help some of the poorest and forgotten people in the world with the love of Christ in a very practical way.

During his tenure, we have worked…

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Kazunzu: A Place-Based Approach Published: 01 Aug 2023

Kazunzu comes from the Zinza tribal language and means a promontory. It is an apt name for the piece of land that juts out into Lake Victoria, a cape around 20 km west of Mwanza, Tanzania that is in the process of becoming a self-sustainable ‘Village of Hope’ for around 40 families.

Those who have been aboard Jubilee Hope or visited the islands of Lake Victoria will be aware of…

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Dr. Claire Bawn Appointed New Chair of Vine Trust Published: 13 Jul 2023

At the board meeting in June, Dr. Claire Bawn was appointed as the new Chair of Vine Trust. 

Dr. Claire Bawn is a General Practitioner who has been involved with the work of Vine Trust since 2011. Formerly a medical practice partner, she now divides her time between locum work across Scotland and volunteering with Vine Trust.

Claire has served on the medical committee since 2015 and has been a trustee since…

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Explaining Mental Health as a Concept in the Amazon Published: 13 Jul 2023

In the third of the blog posts written by Amazon Hope Medical Programme (PMEAP) Project Coordinator Román Rodriguez, he talks about the challenges faced by project workers in the region when it came to explaining the concepts of mental health and wellbeing to community members who'd never heard of or come across these ideas before. 

Blog 3: The Language 

In the Loreto region, the number of mental health services is very scarce and,…

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Medical Ships: Revolutionising Access to Health Care Published: 19 Jun 2023

There are many isolated parts of the world where people live with little or no access to medical services. In response to this need, and in cooperation with local partners, our in-country medical programmes' ships work to deliver primary health care to some of the most vulnerable communities across the globe.

The Ships

There are three medical ships currently providing crucial support and consultations for the communities: these include the

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