At 90, I’m rather stupid re-sending a photo of a card sample so am sending one I made yesterday for you to use and a bookmark. It may not be until late fall that I will have made enough to have a sale…with proceeds to Mercy Ships! (not a large amount). I’m going to a grandson’s wedding in a hotel near Frankfurt, Germany followed by a Rhine cruise from Basel Switzerland to Amsterdam with the groom’s mother my daughter #3.
– Sincerely, Maryan
At age 90 Maryan is still taking life by the reigns and giving back to others. Enjoy that cruise Maryan!
We are so grateful for our Shipmates who give what they can…some more, some less, but whatever the amount, their gift will change a life.
By becoming a Shipmate you can support patients month to month making an even greater impact
Watching the HOPE Center come alive these past few weeks has been amazing! Snuggled in beside the Nylon Hospital and a bustling market, our new HOPE Center, freshly painted and ready to go has been going full speed preparing rooms ready for patients.
This past week the buses arrived with patients: Orthopedic, Women’s Health, Maxillo-facial and care givers for pediatric patients. Today if you visit you will find over 100 Cameroonians, many from the far north west making the HOPE Center ‘home’. Meals are flowing from the kitchen, washed clothes are draped all over the clothes lines, children are growing in confidence and playing enthusiastically, their eyes wide in wonder. The adults are gathering in smaller groups getting to know one another. Many of them have said how happy they are to be finally here. One mumma tells me, God has had a plan for this time for over 30 years ever since her facial tumor grew.
Our 41 day crew (local workers) are very busy now, learning the routines. They are already a BIG blessing! Their smiles are beaming! They were humbled and amazed at the severity of disability of these first patients, especially among the orthopedic cases. They expressed their surprise to us and their desire to serve and love these patients. One day crew wanted to change her heart and increase in compassion, another wanted to use their gifts to serve another was humbled by what he saw and wanted to grow in character. Another was grateful to be a part of the Mercy Ships work.
Already we’ve seen the first few days of dockside screening! What a privilege to escort the first screening patients to the ship. Our van carried ten silent passengers. Once in the port the Africa Mercy came into view. Eyes widened and everyone was staring at the ship. No-one said a word. For most it was the first ship they have ever seen. Imagine their surprise at entering inside and going down to the Hospital deck. I asked them later about their first impressions;
‘The ship is wonderful!’
‘The people inside were smiling and kind’
‘It’s like a big house inside, rooms and stairs…no… more like a large village, a city!’
Written by HOPE Center Facilitator – Susie Drysdale
Thanks to the generosity of YOU our Canadian donors, renovations of the Cameroon HOPE Centre were made possible. We can’t thank you enough, this life-changing work could not be done without you.
Today the Hospital Out Patient Extension (HOPE) Centre in Cameroon opened its doors to patients and caregivers. We can’t wait to see the transformation that this space will help make in people’s lives. The HOPE Centre has been 100% funded by you, our Canadian donors! Take a look at the before and after photographs and stay tuned for more exciting news to come in September.
Transforming the HOPE Centre has been quite the journey. What once was a tired and derelict space is now a bright and welcoming home away from home for our patients! With five facilitators and 40 day crew, running the Centre is no small feat. For many patients -some of whom travel for hours or even days to reach us -their stay here often bookends their Mercy Ships story.
Compared to other field services, this year’s HOPE Centre will have almost double the capacity! When filled with patients we will now have 220 spaces at one time.
“This year our Center is larger because the Cameroonian government has requested that we see patients from every region of the country” – Martha Rodriguez, HOPE Centre Manager.
With ninety percent of patients coming from up country, we will have the opportunity to support a diverse range of people from some of the nation’s most remote locations.
We look forward to welcoming the thousands of patients who will pass through these doors; thousands of lives to be changed, thousands of stories to be told and thousands of smiles to be shared as our work in Cameroon begins!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON
MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Yaoundé, 16 August 2017
The Minister of Public Health informs the general public that upon invitation of the HEAD OF STATE H.E. Paul BIYA, that the international NGO Mercy Ships will carry out a Care Mission in Cameroon from 17 August 2017 to June 2018. This Humanitarian Mission is placed under the very High Patronage of the First Lady, H.E. Mrs. Chantal BIYA, and the high coordination of the Prime Minister, Head of Government.
The hospital Ship, Africa Mercy, will provide medical and surgical care in the surgical specialties below to about 4,500 mainly poor patients, who were selected between April and May 2017 in the 10 regions of Cameroon:
– General and orthopaedic surgery: deformities related to neglected trauma, correction of club foot, congenital malformations;
– Maxillofacial surgery: non-cancerous deforming tumors, cleft palate, cleft lip, and goiter;
– Reconstructive plastic surgery: congenital abnormalities, contracture from burns, chronic ulcers, tumors and obstetric fistulas.
– Opthalmic surgery and dental care.
Moreover, taking advantage of the high-level of medical expertise that will be mobilized by this mission, Cameroonian health professionals (medical doctors, nurses, biomedical staff and others) will benefit from several continuing education and mentoring sessions in the medico-surgery fields offered by Mercy Ships.
Patient selection is ongoing for some pathologies such as obstetric fistula, cataract surgery and dental care, and more accurate information about their programming will be provided in the coming weeks.
Mr. André Mama Fouda, Minister of Health reiterates that, on Very High Instructions of the HEAD OF STATE, ALL CARE IS FREE OF CHARGE.