The Captain’s Log
ell once again we are on anchor in Dili harbor, East Timor. It has been a long time since the last newsletter, a very busy time for all of us involved in Vega’s Missions of Mercy. Last years Mission was a great success but only served to highlight the impact of what we do and the scope for us to expand that assistance. There is a review of events from August last year until April this year that you can read here »
We often post things on the VEGA facebook page long before these newsletters get out. We also post lots of small successes, pictures, day-to-day news, etc that never make it to the newsletters. If you cannot find the page for “Historic Vessel Vega” try my page at “Shane Granger”, I am the one in the reddish shirt. Please do feel free to send me a friend request.
In keeping with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals VEGA’s 2012 Mission of Mercy continues to target the reduction of maternal and infant mortality, better nutrition, and improved education by delivering donated tools, supplies, and training information for teachers, midwives, and health workers in the communities we assist. It is estimated that the Midwife and Health Worker kits alone help reduce maternal and infant mortality by as much as 40%. We are very proud of that, but it would not be possible with out your help. As always the real heroes in this story are our friends and supporters who provide the supplies and equipment we deliver.
A lot of small things have happened since the last newsletter including the addition of 2 wind generators to VEGA. Granted we can only use them when we are at anchor, but then again that is where we spend much of our time. Together with the solar panels they supply what we need during most daylight hours and often add enough charge to cut our generator running time in half or less.
Another Vegabond joins the gang
It seems like more and more of our volunteer crew is from Indonesia. Since so much of our work is with the small islands of Indonesia this is something that really pleases us.
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Images from the trip from Singapore to Jakarta »
Impressive list of DIGNITARIES greet VEGA’s arrival in Jakarta
Being accustomed to quietly going about our work you can imagine our surprise ...read more »
Dr. Ruth Indira accompanies VEGA on our 2012 Mission of Mercy
Several of the islands we assist have not had official
medical assistance since 1978 – and that was a health worker - not even a nurse.
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Thanks to several friends in Jakarta and Singapore we have almost all the required drugs for this years deliveries
This year we were very fortunate ...read more »
Pulau Medang is a small island just off the North West coast of Sumbawa Island, Indonesia. With a population of around 2,000 this peaceful little island boasts 2 schools and two nurse/midwifes. This was VEGA's 3th visit and it was great to see the improvments on the island, thanks to last years support.
... find out more about this years activities»
The Center for Maritime Studies Indonesia (CMSI) & VEGA join forces to develop the Vega model of providing assistance to those most in need
Indonesian Navy adopts VEGA for our 2012 Mission of Mercy
Vega now proudly fly’s an Indonesian Naval Flag when in Indonesian ports or when meeting Naval ships at sea
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Vega’s ancient electronics retired at last
Vega’s electronics, our GPS, and other important navigation instruments were well past their retirement age. These important electronic aids help us navigate between the small badly charted islands we assist. Without them our job was becoming more difficult and even dangerous.
Read more here »
Here lies the body of Michael O’Day
Who died maintaining his right of way
He was right, dead right, as he sailed along,
But he’s just as dead as if he’d been wrong.
The moral of this little poem is: Always assume the other guy is down below making a coffee and never even saw - much less read - a rulebook.