Catching Up with Jane: HOPE Centre Update #3

[:en] Canadians are funding the next HOPE centre (Hospital Out Patient Extension) and we couldn’t be more grateful! We want to keep you updated so you know just what your gift is supporting. During the month of April we have seen great progress begin at the Infrastructure sites in Cameroon. Read on to find out more! The two […]

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Meet our Canadian Crew: Christina Fast

[:en]  Christina has always loved it, even as a kid. Cleaning. “I didn’t just dust around things on the shelves…I would move everything, I would dust it, and then I’d wipe it down with dust remover and put everything back just as it was. I had this passion for cleaning and organizing – but I […]

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Angele, the courageous!

[:en]Angele had lost so much – her husband, her work, her dignity. But now, she’s able to finally take care of herself because of free surgery on the Africa Mercy. She no longer feels ashamed by the large mass –instead, she’s experiencing joy in life again: “I wake up every morning and give thanks to […]

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Rose’s Contagious Energy

[:en]Does this sound like your kid (or maybe one you know)? “She’s got a lot of energy, she’s very playful, she gets excited about food…and she already has a group of friends!” Yep, that’s Rose, according to a patient’s mom nearby. As you can see, Rose likes to color, too. Now that she’s had surgery […]

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Meet Saidou

[:en]Imagine going your whole life without talking. When Saidou was three, a fire burned her arms, chest, neck and face, tightening her mouth into a tiny o-shaped opening, not large enough to let words escape. She grew up for the past eight years listening to her brothers and sisters bantering back and forth, only able […]

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Guest Post: A Little Girl Called Gifty

[:en]I get boys. I understand how they tick. I like how they are loud, energetic and messy. In fact, my husband and I have three of our own. But I don’t get little girls, not at all. In two years volunteering on the Africa Mercy, getting to know lots of kid patients, I’d never connected […]

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Meet our International Crew: Emelia Akyerefi

[:en]Emelia Akyerefi, a native of Ghana, first heard about the Africa Mercy in 2008. “My brother was serving onboard, and he spoke highly of it,” she says. Years later, he was still telling stories, still encouraging her to go. “But it wasn’t until late 2015 that I was sure the Lord was really telling me […]

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When Love is Awakened

[:en] A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves – Frederick William Faber This Easter we celebrate resurrection, renewal and rebirth. As the lives of our patients are changed, […]

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Meet Baby Ichaou

[:en]Baby Ichaou was born with a rare and dangerous condition. During pregnancy, his skull didn’t form all the way, causing brain matter to develop in a sac between his eyes. If left untreated, the condition could become life-threatening. However, Ichaou’s mom is making sure her son gets help…help in the form of free surgery. Ichaou […]

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Guest Post: Martha Rodriguez, HOPE Centre Manager

[:en]The HOPE Center is a facility that supports the hospital on-board the Africa Mercy (AFM). Its aim is to provide bed space, thus freeing up beds on-board the AFM, enabling more life changing surgeries to take place. Our patients and caregivers usually come from the distant provinces and stay with us after their surgery until […]

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