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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Partner with Mercy Ships Canada on Giving Tuesday

Join us on December 1st for the 8th annual GivingTuesday! GivingTuesday is a global
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Charting the Seas Ahead

It goes without saying 2020 turned out very differently than we all expected COVID-19
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In this season, we celebrate all the unexpected blessings that 2020 has brought. Through it all, hope and joy remain at our core. Thank you for following us, supporting us, and joining us on our journey to provide hope and healing.#MercyShips #hope #healing #reflect #blessings #joy #thankyou #gratitude
As a Senior Chef with Mercy Ships, you’ll have the chance to use your passion for food to serve our patients and crew. Adam Hopkins shares, “I decided to help out, and the best way I know is to cook and do what I love.” We’re seeking our next Senior Chef, and this may be the rewarding challenge you’ve been waiting for. Join us!
#chef #chefjobs #volunteer #Canada #mercyships  #AfricaMercy #GlobalMercy #Africa #healthcare #foodlovers
It's #GivingTuesday! Partner with Mercy Ships Canada TODAY to help bring free healthcare and medical capacity building to those in need.#GivingTuesdayCA #mercyships #hope #Healing #healthcare #makeadifference #canada
What's something you hope for desperately? Long for, day and night, from the very depths of your being?For this mother, it was medical help for her baby. There were no options. But she kept hoping, longing, and praying.And then help came, in the form of surgery for her child, who is now healed, and fast asleep against her mother.Thank you, from moms across Africa, for proving that hope is not wasted.#mercyships #globalsurgery #hopeandhealing #babylove #gratitude #thankyou #healthcare #givingtuesday #givingtuesdayca
Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday! Partner with Mercy Ships Canada to help bring free healthcare and medical capacity building to those in need.#givingtuesday #GivingTuesdayCA #mercyships #hope #healing #healthcare
Ready, set, play! Rehab onboard the #AfricaMercy might not be easy, but it sure can be fun! Even our youngest patients know they have to work hard to make a full recovery. Sharing the experience with encouraging volunteers and supportive donors makes a difference every step of the way.#mercyships #volunteer #globalhealth #healthcare #cutekids #playtime
As our brand new hospital ship, the Global Mercy, continues to prepare for her maiden voyage, we can't help but look back and see how she's come piece and one prayer at a time. From Day 1, the Global Mercy has been built with the vision of seeing lives changed and healthcare systems strengthened in Africa.#globalmercy #mercyships #hospitalship #healthcare
Gone is the little girl with the windswept legs who could not run with the other kids. “As every mother does, I am praying for her to be like others, return to school and to be integrated into society,” said Khady, Satou’s mom. “I believe that she will now have an easier life – one that is full and successful.”#mercyships #hopeandhealing #africamercy #ortho #orthopaedics #smile #joy #healthcare
Have you charted a course for the future? What's next on your journey? Perhaps it's time to see what volunteering with Mercy Ships is all about. Be part of the transformation you see happening through a mission of hope and healing. Check out our openings today and start navigating to your next stop!#mercyships #volunteer #maritime #Canada #canadian #opportunity #seafarer #skills #onboard
Onboard the #AfricaMercy, you'll find that where there's healing, there's also music. We're thankful for partnerships with companies like Yamaha, whose incredible generosity makes it possible for us to celebrate with our patients using world-class instruments. Thank you for your support, @yamahamusicusa!
#mercyships #yamaha #hopeandhealing #africamercy #music #musiclove

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