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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Prime Minister Trudeau Acknowledges Contribution of Mercy Ships Canada Volunteers

The Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau met with Mercy Ships Canadian volunteer crew members in
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THANK YOU to all our partners who helped transform lives in 2019!

In 2019, partners from around the world came together to transform lives in Guinea and Senegal Thanks to this generosity,
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Instagram post 2248882508915580155_331223777 Satou's journey to healing began when her mother took a leap of faith and entrusted her six-year-old to #MercyShips volunteer orthopaedic surgeons. “I have not dared to even dream that it is possible that my daughter’s legs can be straightened. It feels as though the doors of heaven are being opened for her.” #ortho #volunteer #hope #healing #AfricaMercy
Instagram post 2248131033344237922_331223777 “Here in Senegal, our dive team conducts bi-monthly checks of the seawater intakes to ensure that the water we use is clean. Though it's not recreational diving, the visibility isn't too bad, and we see marine life every now and again.” Ruben Galama (NL), HVAC Assistant
Instagram post 2247427967416021533_331223777 Mossane was born with cataracts, meaning she has never learned to see. She is adept at using her delicate little hands and sense of touch, but her blindness has resulted in her being shy and withdrawn.Currently her parents are her eyes, and she feels secure hidden in the folds of their clothing. Their greatest wish is that Mossane's eyesight may be restored - and thanks to generous partners, their dream will soon come true onboard the #AfricaMercy!#sight #hope #haling #dreamscometrue #mercyships
Instagram post 2246685563268439976_331223777 Craniofacial operations are complex and leave patients with a long journey to recovery. As these surgeries have now wrapped up, the baton has been passed to our volunteer nurses who will stand by them during the rest of their healing!
Instagram post 2245246073806613824_331223777 The #Orthopaedic Program is well underway onboard the #AfricaMercy! Please keep our recovering patients in your thoughts and prayers as they recover from surgery and prepare to start their new lives.#hope #healing #Senegal #canadahelps
Instagram post 2244523762472288754_331223777 #Volunteer as a #Biomedical Project Assistant and use your skills to make an impact with us in West Africa! Short-term commitments available – join us!Learn more:
Instagram post 2243816613706365316_331223777 Happy #Valentines Day! Help us bring some extra love to Senegal today by giving a gift to Mercy Ships in honour of someone you love!
#valentinesday #givelove #MercyShips #love
Instagram post 2243102041516211823_331223777 Are you an #electrician? Find your place onboard the #AfricaMercy as our Chief Electrician! By leading our international team, you can ensure power is generated day and night for our patients and crew. Together, we can bring hope and healing!Learn more:
Instagram post 2242344418044427355_331223777 A #smile transcends all language barriers.
"Love in any language is fluently spoken here." -Sandi Patty

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