This is a photo gallery associated
with a feature in TCP # 22 called Hospital Ship. The story
is about the voyage of the Australian Vessel ACROPORA crewed
by Sally and Martin Peet. They went for a south Pacific cruise,
as you do, and discovered a great need in Vanuatu for health
care persons in particular and just willing hands in general.
Sally is a nurse and Martin an engineer, both occupations of
need. When discussing this story and trying to understand the
photos I was knocked down by the compelling stories behind so
many of the pics. Tolerance, generousity, rape and incest. Too
much to do justice to in this paper. Suffice to say that your
own adventure awaits should you be up to this challenge. There
is so much more. Below is the epilogue for the story that Sally
wrote. For your free copy of TCP # 22 including this story, Click Here.
"It is a strange feeling to
be reclining in cushions sipping a macchiato, pondering on the
time spent in Vanuatu. Somehow my life has changed forever. Those
"things" I used to throw away, now have a value to
someone. The question is "HOW".
Millions of dollars are donated by Government and private organizations
to the Ni Van people but believe me, one days sail from the capitol
of Port Vila, there is no evidence of it filtering through to
the desperate areas in immense need of medicine, schooling, and
organizational skills of all kinds. A great system, already realized
by Project Marc, is fulfilled by the Australian cruising yachts.
Here is a huge resource able to gain access to remote areas for
delivery of goods and ferrying medical and volunteer teams. We
witnessed yachties using their expertise setting up water systems,
building masts, teaching locals to sail as well as the relentless
fixing of outboards, solar panels and rendering first aid.
In one day 3 Aussie yachts assisted me in the treatment of 147
patients that had came from villages miles away to get medical
assistance usually denied to them. None of these sailors had
medical training but their care and attention was inspiring.
We were very impressed by Project Marc. They passed no judgment
on the locals, their vision is to set up Clinics, train local
Health workers and then pass these back to the Vanuatu Government
for independent management. It was a great venue to educate in
areas of hygiene, preventative medicine, reduce domestic violence
and set up independent living skills focussing on their own custom
and village practices.
For more information if you think that you and your yacht could
give something to these beautiful people, have a look at http://www.project-marc.org/
or email Henk, the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Believe me, this opportunity will open your mind and hearts
to the cruising life."