Historic Vessel Vega

donating educational and medical supplies to isolated islands

midwife kits from the Humanitaran Vessel Vega
We had over 100 fully stocked midwife kits this year both new and re-supply/ upgrade kits. Everything was in date or new, not dumping useless stuff on people who already have a rubbish disposal problem.

Here is a very short round up of highlights from this years deliveries of donated educational and medical supplies.

Humanitarian vessel Vega preparing midwife kits for delivery
Each kit was about 20 kgs of tools and supplies all a traditional midwife needs to safely do her job.

we assist and the quality of that assistance.  Working with remote communities often completely isolated from the outside world is not an easy mandate nor is trying to concentrate 4-5 months of intense effort into something short enough that it can actually be read an easy assignment.  Our primary task is to help remote island communities improve their educational and medical services, but being the kind of people we are it seems that mandate has grown to simply “Aiding the remote communities we assist.” Each of the communities we support has different priorities and needs; each has a different level of development.  That makes our work more difficult and much more interesting, it also opens many unforeseen portals of opportunity where we can help out.

The short version of this years deliveries is that thanks to you we managed about 3,800 miles from the time we left Jakarta loaded with roughly 20 tons of supplies until we returned there. While in East Timor we received a 4.5-ton top up of medical supplies from Australia delivered by the yachts in the Darwin to Dili yacht race. During that time we delivered over 100 very comprehensive Midwife

. Ruth from the crew of Historic vessel Vega holds a workshop for traditional midwives
Dr Ruth Indira from the crew of Historic vessel Vega holds a training workshop for traditional midwives.

(new & yearly resupply) and health worker kits, had Dr. Ruth Indira along with us doing

Humanitarian vessel Vega Kits-4-Kids arrive at the Madede comunity school
Until that day this child had never even owned a pencil of her own. Thanks to our Kits-4-Kids program she now has everything she will need for this years classes

workshops and individual training for Traditional Midwives, holding clinic everywhere we stopped, as well as giving dental hygiene classes in all the schools we visited. We delivered almost 400 kits-4-Kids bags directly to students in the poorest schools along our route, set up 3 complete school computer labs, provided basic educational materials and supplies for schools and teachers, placed first aid kits in many of the schools, delivered sets of vegetable seeds for kitchen gardens, toolsets to help maintain boat motors and generator sets, spare parts for sewing machines, helped save the lives of two small children by finding the proper medical treatment, were nominated Goodwill ambassadors for the Banda Islands and for the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism, officially recognized by the Indonesian Navy,  re-discovered an old 15th-century fort long thought lost on Gunung Api, produced a documentary about the damage being caused by Dynamite fishing, and visited an active volcano, all while trying our best to keep Vega up and running on a shoestring budget.  There you have the headlines, but not at all the complete list of our accomplishments this year.
Our yearly route is a circle with every stop overplaying an important part in what we do. Half the year we are trying our best to find the materials needed to deliver and the other half we are out delivering those materials to the people who need them and gathering new lists of what is needed for the next year. Accomplishing our missions while keeping Vega alive and in good health is a full time 24/7/365 job, but one we find immensely rewarding on a personal and spiritual level.

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