An estimated 265,000 deaths every year are caused by burns – the vast majority occur in low-and middle-income countries. (Source: WHO) Burns are the 11th leading cause of death of children aged 1–9 years and are also the fifth most common cause of non-fatal childhood injuries.
Faith is a vivacious 3-year-old from Porto Novo, Benin. When she was 8-months-old an electrical fire burned the entire backs of her legs. Without access to safe and affordable surgery, Faith has only ever known life with severe burn wounds.
Faith’s mother Nadeej heard about Mercy Ships from multiple sources; an engineer, Faith’s doctor in Togo, and Faith’s godfather. Thanks to volunteer surgeons and the generosity of our partners, Faith received the free surgery she needed, but still has a lot of tough rehab work ahead of her.
We spoke with some kids in Canada recently about what had happened to Faith and many kids like her. In an effort to help, they are sending out a special Christmas message for Faith and other children awaiting surgery onboard the Africa Mercy.