Sailing with a purpose
Vega 1892 is a small, highly effective “Mom & Pop” initiative dedicated to helping remote often isolated communities in Indonesia and East Timor. We concentrate on improving educational and health services. Empowering small communities to solve their own problems is another important part of our mission. Vega delivers training, tools, educational and medical supplies according to a list of what is needed by each community. Those supplies are sponsored or donated by our friends who want to help others. Vega delivers those donations directly into the hand of teachers, midwives and health workers who need them to do their job.
If you are an active parent or teacher in Penang, Singapore or Jakarta join our yearly Kids for Kids drive by motivating clubs, students and schools to donate schoolbags filled with everything students in remote settings need to improve their education. Each backpack contains items from a list we provide along with a small stuffed toy, note and photograph from the child who made up that kit. We check each bag then add a new toothbrush and any missing items. If your school, club, or company would like to participate please contact us.
We support midwives, health posts and free clinics to ensure they have the equipment, supplies, and medications needed to do their work. This s not an easy task. We ask health workers and midwives for their on the ground experience and requirements, then consult with knowledgeable doctors. Based on that information we purchase equipment and pharmaceuticals for delivery. The lists are often long, complex and daunting. Your help will save lives.
Most remote communities have no electricity. Schools and health posts are forced to rely on candles or kerosene lanterns. Midwives need an easily portable, rechargeable source of light. Small scale solar installations help alleviate these problems. Together with renewable energy experts, we designed solar power kits for health posts and schools. For midwives, we have a special solar-charged portable power pack/light combination. The Vega team delivers these kits, provides maintenance training and supervises inhalation. If your club, school or company would like to sponsor one or more of these installations, please contact us.
An inexpensive pair of reading glasses can have huge impact on someone’s life.
Reading glasses are an important part of our mission. We never have enough of them. Carpenters, weavers, seamstresses, people with a host of skills requiring good eyesight, are valuable assets to their family and community. As we grow older our eyes lose the ability to focus on things which are close. Communities lose valuable artisans. According to WHO over 500 milion people in the developing world could have their vision restored with a simple pair of reading glasses. The Vega team provides reading glasses and trains local health workers in how to fit them. Please consider helping us with this program. A small donation will make a huge difference to someone’s life.
Our focus on environmental protection and waste management began several years ago when island communities requested help solving this rapidly emerging problem. Since then we have initiated several successful projects and want to take those programs to other islands. These programs are implemented by local teachers and village leaders. Our approach is three-fold. Teaching aids for schools, community education, equipment and support for implementation. We have done all we can. Now we need sponsors to help replicate these programs.