Amazon Hope 2 in Dry Dock Published: 16 Feb 2018

Since the start of the month, Amazon Hope 2 has been undergoing some scheduled maintenance in the (floating) dry-dock in Iquitos, Peru. Work is being done on the hull, new propeller components being fitted and finally a fresh coat of paint will be given to the hull. We are also taking the opportunity to do some maintenance tasks internally and on deck. The activity is progressing well and Amazon Hope…

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The Epic Voyage of Jubilee Hope Published: 15 Feb 2018

The Epic Voyage of the Jubilee Hope’ Wins Award of Excellence in USA

It was with great delight and pleasure that Vine Trust learned that 'The Epic Voyage of Jubilee Hope' had won an award - congratulations to Alex McCall and all at Glasgow Films. 

For information, please see the following press release from Alex:

Glasgow, Scotland - February 14, 2018 – Glasgow Films, a film production company operated by…

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Comings and Goings Published: 22 Jan 2018

The start of the new year brought a number of changes to the Vine Trust Staff Team.

After almost nine years with the Trust we bid farewell to Michelle Livingstone our Expedition / Education Co-ordinator at the end of December. We wish Michelle well in her future plans and thank her for all her work in supporting and developing our school expeditions and GSF conferences in previous years.

Erika de…

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Medical Conference Update Published: 04 Jan 2018

We are delighted to announce that Mr Stuart J Fergusson will be speaking at Vine Trust’s Medical Conference in April.

In partnership with Mr Mike McKirdy (Director of Global Health, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow), Mr Fergusson has written the College’s report on the value of international volunteering, “Global Citizenship in the Scottish Health Service”. 

For more details about the Conference, including how you can sign up,…

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Empowering Women on Lake Victoria’s Islands Published: 19 Dec 2017

In 2017, The Jubilee Hope Programme established 'HIV support groups' for women who regularly suffer from discrimination, violence and increased poverty on the islands of Lake Victoria.  These groups empower women in many ways, including education, orientation and access to small microloans.

Jubilee Hope’s HIV Services Coordinator, Ronald Kebaso Onsoti, has sent an update on the great progress being made with the Support Groups for women on the islands:


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Medical Conference 2018 Published: 11 Dec 2017

We are delighted to announce our 2018 medical conference.

We are holding a two day event from Friday 27th April-Saturday 28th April 2018 which consists of a welcome dinner at 7pm on the Friday evening followed the main session on Saturday (9am-4pm).

Join us for a 2 day event that will feature talks and discussions about recent updates and future developments for Amazon and Jubilee Hope.

Schedule Details

The conference will be…

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Highland Spring Ltd cycle to Tanzania Published: 10 Nov 2017

A team of colleagues from Highland Spring Ltd, based in Perthshire, launched a fundraising campaign this week to fund their participation in a Vine Trust home-building expedition in October 2018.

The group of 29, including Chief Executive Les Montgomery, have challenged themselves to fundraise the full expedition costs together, totalling over £75,000. The team decided to fundraise as one group to support each other from beginning to end of the…

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Babcock International’s Pilot Home-Building Expedition With Vine Trust Published: 25 Oct 2017

A group of eager volunteers from Babcock International are heading to Moshi, Tanzania for a special homebuilding expedition in partnership with Vine Trust, where they will help make a significant difference to the lives of vulnerable families.

The party of 26 Babcock employees has been challenged to build three houses for children and families in need, providing them with a safer future and the chance to stay together after life…

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Bringing Support and Hope for Women Living with HIV Published: 06 Oct 2017

Faced with stigma, prejudice and the high risk of violence, many women living with HIV on the islands of Lake Victoria are scared to declare their status The result is a situation where they are robbed of access to medical care and support and left to battle alone with the physical and emotional challenges that come with being infected with the virus. 

Motivated by the needs of these women, in…

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Royal Approval for New Medical Ship Published: 05 Oct 2017

The village of Oran on the banks of the Amazon River in Peru was the setting for the visit of Vine Trust Patron, HRH The Princess Royal to its new, purpose-built medical ship, the MV Forth Hope.  Accompanied by national and regional dignitaries, Her Royal Highness was warmly greeted by the local community before taking a tour of the ship, seeing the work that it provides and the wide range…

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Vine Trust volunteers help build a brighter future in Tanzania Published: 15 Aug 2017

Vine Trust has had an exceptionally busy summer of Home-Building in Tanzania, with over 170 dedicated volunteers, working in collaboration with our in-country partners, Tanzania Women Research Foundation (TAWREF), supporting sustainable development projects in the Moshi region.

Throughout June and July 2017, 5 School Expedition teams, composed of pupils and staff from 8 UK Schools, in addition to the university student…

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Forth Hope completes epic voyage to the Amazon Published: 15 Aug 2017

Forth Hope ....... is now at anchor some 8 miles from the Amazon City of Iquitos where we will be arriving at 6.30am later this morning 7th September.

We will have covered just under 6800 miles in 42 days. (40 at sea). Already plans are being made for the ships deployment and a high level visit to see the vessel at work in just over a weeks time from various…

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HRH The Princess Royal names Forth Hope Published: 31 May 2017

On Saturday 20th May, Vine Trust was delighted to welcome our patron, HRH The Princess Royal, to name our new medical vessel, “MV Forth Hope”, at Babcock International in Rosyth.

The Amazon-bound 35 metre Forth Hope, currently being outfitted in a project supported by Babcock and 30 marine and medical organisations, sailed into Rosyth at the end of 2016 to…

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2018 Medical Expedition Dates Announced Published: 31 May 2017

Vine Trust is delighted to announce 2018 Expedition dates for both our Jubilee Hope Medical Programme on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, and our Amazon Hope Medical Programme on the Peruvian Amazon.

Be part of a clinical team making an extraordinary difference in some of the world's most vulnerable communities. With regular 2-week expeditions throughout 2018, use your medical, dental or nursing skills to provide primary healthcare to riverine communities on the Amazon or to people living…

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“Is there a doctor in the house?” - Kenny Holt Published: 06 Mar 2017

An article by Kenny Holt, Vine Trust Medical Programme Manager.

There is no doubt that the availability and recruitment of suitably qualified personnel plays a fundamental role in the provision of quality health services. Despite significant improvements in the healthcare system in recent years, Tanzania still faces challenges in training, recruiting, retaining and distributing health professionals to meet the medical needs of its population of just over 49 million.

In the…

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Jubilee Hope tackles HIV on Lake Victoria Published: 23 Jan 2017

An estimated 1.5 million people in Tanzania are HIV-positive, that's 1 in 20 of the country's citizens. Despite significant effort and investment progress in reducing the spread of HIV infection in Tanzania continues to be slow. The need for HIV services, both preventative and clinical, is huge, especially amongst high-risk and vulnerable groups such as the nomadic fishing communities on Lake Victoria. Vine Trust's Jubilee Hope Medical Programme works to reach…

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Vine Trust wins national recognition for Amazon project Published: 13 Dec 2016

As we approach the end of 2016, it's incredible to think that the Amazon Hope Medical Programme has been providing health services to remote villages in Peru for 14 years. 

Connecting people to change lives continues to be at the heart of the Amazon Hope Programme. This was highlighted on the national stage earlier this year when the programme was announced as the 2016 winner of Best Practice in Public…

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Forth Hope’s Maiden Voyage Published: 03 Oct 2016

We are delighted to announce that MV Forth Hope, Vine Trust’s first ever new medical vessel, is undertaking its delivery voyage. Having departed from Albion Dockyard in Bristol, the ship made its way along the Caledonian Canal and past the Forth Rail Bridge en route to Rosyth, where it will be fitted out by Babcock International and various subcontractors over the winter months.

We would like to thank…

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