Amazon Hope 2, originally uploaded by katherinebruder.
One of Scripture Union’s six programs in Peru is a medical mission, mostly based at a clinic in Belén, which is the slum neighborhood of Iquitos. In addition to the clinic, SU operates two medical boats, the Amazon Hope 1 and Amazon Hope 2, which are exclusively funded by the Vine Trust, a non-profit organization located in Edinburgh, Scotland.
For three weeks a month, the boats travel up and down the tributaries of the Amazon River where they treat people in the villages along the rivers with minor medical and dental care. The ship is staffed by Peruvian and foreign medical teams from the US and UK that spend 7-10 days living, eating and working on the boat.