Mercy Ships is an international humanitarian organization that uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services and medical capacity building in the world's poorest nations. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in over 70 countries, providing $1.53 billion in services to more than 2.71 million direct beneficiaries. Every year over 1000 volunteers from up to 40 nations volunteer onboard the Africa Mercy, the world's largest civilian hospital ship.

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surgical procedures performed since 1978.

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volunteers from 62 nations onboard the Africa Mercy every year.

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06.07.2020

Mercy Ships Canada named as a top Canadian charity bringing high-impact positive change

Mercy Ships Canada was recently named as one of Circle Act’s Absolute Top 995% Charities in Canada who bring
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15.06.2020

International Day of the Seafarer

Mercy Ships floating hospital, the Africa Mercy, is the world’s
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At #MercyShips, you develop friendships with peopl At #MercyShips, you develop friendships with people all over the world. While COVID-19 has prevented us from staying in Senegal, we still stay connected, even as our volunteers return to their home countries around the world. How are you staying connected in this season?
Hope and healing travel well beyond the ship! Imag Hope and healing travel well beyond the ship! Imagine what you can accomplish as a #volunteer Vehicle Mechanic. By keeping our vehicles and machinery in top operating condition, you can help safely transport our patients to and from the ship. We’re looking for you - join us!#volunteer #mechanic #Canada #africa #opportunity #shiplife #MercyShips #AfricaMercy #carlovers #carlove
Thanks to Mercy Ships partners, twins Assane and O Thanks to Mercy Ships partners, twins Assane and Ousseynou received free surgery onboard the #AfricaMercy! They now have a bright future to walk towards - on newly straightened legs! Thank you for helping bring Assane and Ousseynou hope and healing.#hope #healing #MercyShips #AfricaMercy #ortho #surgery
Are you a mariner who wants to help bring safe, ti Are you a mariner who wants to help bring safe, timely healthcare to those in need? Mercy Ships needs Canadian volunteers like you to power our ships as we prepare to return to Africa to help rebuild and strengthen healthcare systems. Join us!
#DayoftheSeafarer #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers #Mariners #ShipLife #Canadian #volunteer #transformlives #MercyShips #Africa #Canada
It's #InternationalDayoftheSeafarer! Seafarers are It's #InternationalDayoftheSeafarer! Seafarers are the key workers who keep our ships operational and use their skills to deliver humanitarian development and transform thousands of lives each year. Today we are honouring seafarers everywhere - thank you!
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“One of the highlights of volunteering with Merc “One of the highlights of volunteering with Mercy Ships is that I can do what I know how to do and have my family with me. One of the cornerstones of seafaring life is that we are away and missing the things that are happening back home with the kids, with schooling, and with your spouse. Being onboard with Mercy Ships is different, you’re able to be together. So you can work and, at the end of the day, walk back to your cabin and see your family. It’s unbelievably good.” - Rodrigo Silva, Chief Officer. #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers
#maritime #opportunity #volunteer #MercyShips
HVAC Engineer, Ruben Galama, has found his place i HVAC Engineer, Ruben Galama, has found his place in strengthening healthcare systems, even without medical skills! “Everyone onboard is a cog in the overall system and contributes towards the Africa Mercy achieving her goals of bringing hope and healing. Even though we are not directly involved with the patients, we are all a part of the team that makes this happen. It’s rewarding to be able to use my skills to make a difference." #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers #maritime #opportunities #apply #Canada #Africa #volunteer #transformation #hope #healing
As a child, Rahel spent her summers aboard a ship As a child, Rahel spent her summers aboard a ship traveling around the Baltic Sea, and by 12-years-old had determined to become a crewmember. She served aboard that vessel until the age of 19, then deciding to go to school in order to further her dream of being a seafarer and eventually served as Third Officer on the #AfricaMercy! “The people are different and the approach here is different. For example, the last Chief Officer was busy all day, yet he still stopped for anyone who had a question, regardless of its importance. And that’s the approach you have to practice…be that person who wants to help people… I want to help where I actually can help. I saw online what Mercy Ships does—that they help people long-term… I wanted to do work that helps the people and work with them together.” #volunteer #MercyShips #Seafarer #Maritime #Adventure #Sealife #DayoftheSeafarer
Joe Biney, Third Engineer, knows our ships better Joe Biney, Third Engineer, knows our ships better than anyone because of his 20+ years of service with us. “We are all volunteers. You can’t get the community we have onboard anywhere else. You have the opportunity to bring your family with you and watch them grow. You know what you are doing is for a good cause. When you see the joy on the faces of people who have not smiled for years...that is a feeling money can’t buy.” #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers
Captain Taylor Perez knows the importance of stren Captain Taylor Perez knows the importance of strengthening healthcare systems, but he also knows we couldn't do what we do without maritime professionals. “The ship is the hospital. You can’t have the hospital without the ship. The doctors and nurses, who do such an amazing job, could not do it without the ship. The ship can’t operate without its mariners… We don’t just need doctors and nurses, we need Ratings, Able Seamen, Motor Men, Engineers and other professionals who can take the time to see something different and be part of something with a big impact.” #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers #seafarers #MercyShips #hospital #volunteer #maritime #opportunity #Canada #Africa #healthcare
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