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Historic Vessel Vega Humanitarian Mission Update 2. Pls help to reblog and share their story.

Update 2. March 2019

SOS!!!

The Historical Vessel Vega, run by an inspiring couple, Shane and Meggi, delivers roughly 20 tons of donated educational and medical supplies to isolated island communities in Indonesia.

They have dedicated their lives to this mission since 2004 and even helped deliver supplies to the Indonesian islands after the Tsunami.

If you would like to contribute to help Vega and the island communities we assist here is a link. http://sailvega.com/vega/support_the_vega.html

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Earlier in the year, in March 2014, I wrote about meeting the couple behind the Historical Vega Humantiarian Mission. Captain Shane Granger and Meggi Macoun were the most inspiring and passionate people I have ever met. I met them when they docked at Straits Quay Penang to collect donations for schools in the remote areas of Indonesia and East Timor areas. They were looking for school bags, school supplies, musical instruments and medical supplies. They had a list of things that people could donate. They didnt want money, they wanted specific things which involved people having to go out to buy or donate from their homes or schools. It gives people a sense of involvement. It surely did for me. I got a few of my friends to donate money so that I could go out to buy musical instruments for the school band.

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School and medical supplies aboard the Historical Vessel Vega.
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offloading the supplies onto the small boat

When I spoke to them and asked them why they are doing this instead of giving to charities, they replied that by the time big NGOs finish their meetings and talking, they would have have done much more themselves, and true to their word, they have indeed accomplished that.

Every year they collect about 20 tons of school and medical supplies from Penang, Singapore and Jakarta. Ports along their sailing route. They pick up and then they deliver to all the schools that they have identified over the years. They have been doing this relentlessly for 10 years. The whole trip takes almost a year depending on the winds and repair works on the boat. Then they sail back to Thailand where they are based and they start all over again.

It is so heartwarming to see the faces of the kids receiving their school bags equipped with a set of school supplies inside. It’s so emotional for me to look at the photos it makes me want to cry. I know how hard it has taken them to reach E. Timor. All the things that went wrong along the way, but still, they made it. Eliza, one of the volunteers onboard told me she was going to leave in July to go back to work, but I am so happy to see that she saw it through. I’m slightly jealous that I wasnt there with them. I asked Shane if I could go the day I met him, he said no. I went to see them almost everyday for the whole week and a half they were docked in Penang and by the end of their stay, Shane actually said yes to me coming onboard as a volunteer, but I chickened out for fear of being sea sick, which is such a lame excuse for because I was too scared I couldn’t heck the trip. It is gruelling. I know. I’ve followed them all the way through on facebook.

The photos are of the school supplies being delivered to Biamaraem primary school. One of the many schools that will receive school supplies that have been donated.

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Thank you to Historic Vessel Vega.  Hope to see you all on the journey home xx

All the photos are taken from Historical Vessel Vega. Photo credit Meggi Macoun and Shane Granger

“Aidabaslala school is in Bobonaro District and consists of a Pre school & Primary School section. The average family in that area has 6 children. That means a lot of children want to start their education now. Support for the very young is a priority, they are the next generation. Due to financial problems too many children drop out of school. Over 70% of children leave school before reaching year 9. The highest rate of dropouts occurs in the first two years of primary school.

On the day of our visit there where 85 students present. All received Kits-4-Kids bags.The Vega team had prepared special supplies bags for the teachers. 2 large boxes with general school supplies and footballs which where handed over to the head mistress. This year we had volunteers from the East Timor Maritime Police and Customs helping with the schools visits. The Kits-4-Kids Schoolbags were donated by students from the GESS German European School Singapore and students from Penang Malaysia. School-supplies were donated by Montessori kindergarten, Uplands, Dalat and CGL international schools and Tinker Bell couture Penang. Many thanks also to all the individuals who contributed, especially the nice folks in Singapore and Penang, Malaysia. As always if you like what we are doing please do share these pics with your friends.” ~Historical Vessel Vega

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Eliza handing out schoolbags and toothbrushes
Eliza handing out schoolbags and toothbrushes

For more info do follow their journey on facebook. They will be doing more deliveries. Maybe you would like to donate or be a volunteer.

The humanitarian dream of an inspirational couple: Capt. Shane Granger and Meggi Macoun from the Historic Vessel Vega

Historic Vessel Vega. Photo taken from Vega website
Historic Vessel Vega. Photo taken from Vega website
Shane & Meggi with the 2010 Asia Pacific Laureate Foundation award for Social Service awarded for humanitarian service to isolated island communities in South East Asia. Photo taken from Vega webiste
Shane & Meggi with the 2010 Asia Pacific Laureate Foundation award for Social Service awarded for humanitarian service to isolated island communities in South East Asia. Photo taken from Vega website

It was Friday night. I had no plans. My friend and I decided to go for a quiet dinner. We had dinner at Straits Quay which overlooked the marina. By chance, we were invited onto a boat that was parked there. We were invited by a couple and crew to hop aboard the historical VEGA.

We discovered this was no ordinary couple and the Vega was no fancy cruise liner.

Shane Granger, a successful advertising photographer, moved to East Africa to fulfill his dream to work as a bush pilot in the mid 90s. During this time the idea developed to use his extensive commercial advertising experience for the benefit of communicating health and environmental messages to the rural population in East Africa. It was not long before he was being sent all over the world by WHO,UNICEF, BBC World Service Trust, and WWF to develop and produce behavioral change and educational materials.

Meggi Macoun, born in Prague, studied graphic design in Germany, moved to Africa to work. She has planned national, regional, and global campaigns for WHO, UNICEF, WWF, BBC and many others. She was a driving force in developing the community driven communications system and the combined production / training programs that are so cost effective and successful.
Capt Shane Granger and Maggie crossed paths through work.
In 2002, they discovered Vega, a 120 years old Norwegian build historic vessel which they lovingly restored to use as a catalyst to continue their work.
Every year since, the VEGA and her volunteer crew sail about 7,000 miles to collect and deliver between 15 and 20 tons of donated tools, educational and medical supplies. Those supplies are loaded on board in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore then delivered to East Timor and remote islands in Eastern Indonesia. Those supplies help support local level community development, health, and educational services. Supplies are also collected in Australia by VEGA supporters and shipped to Dili on board the yachts in the yearly Darwin to Dili Regatta.In addition, advanced training for traditional midwives and teaching aids for rural teachers are provided by a fully qualified Indonesian doctor  who travels with on board, providing medical services on the remote islands and holding workshops or training seminars for traditional midwives.

For more info on Vega and if you would like to volunteer or donate:

1. website,

2. facebook page,

3. wordpress blog

 

The team was so warm and friendly and passionate about their cause despite being exhausted from collecting supplies and welcoming people on board their vessel all day long. Sorry my photos are not great because it was dark.

Donated Supplies
Donated Supplies
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Cpt Shane and volunteer
Cpt Shane and volunteer

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