To our faithful partners,
It is with great gratitude that I reach out to you at this special time of year. 2017 has been a spectacular year for Mercy Ships Canada, and we truly could not have done it without you.
2017 began in Benin, West Africa, a severely underdeveloped country where healthcare remains largely unavailable or unaffordable.
Thanks to your support, we provided a total of 1,957 surgeries in Benin before moving on to our next port of Douala, Cameroon in September this year, where we are currently working to provide over 3000 surgeries to people in desperate need.
Our preparation for our 2017/2018 field service in Cameroon saw some amazing developments. Canadians came together to support our biggest project ever – the Cameroon Hospital Out Patient, or HOPE Centre
This was the biggest project we have ever undertaken at the Canadian office, and it was a huge success. We raised a total of $1,303,780 to build the HOPE Centre that is now providing a place for patients and their families to receive treatment and recover from surgery this field service. It will also continue to benefit the community as valuable medical infrastructure for years to come. To everyone that helped make this dream come true, I offer my sincerest thanks for your support.
Now, the Hope Centre and the Africa Mercy are fully operational in Douala, Cameroon, and lives are being transformed every day. The support we receive from caring Canadians is so inspiring, and it fills my heart with joy that I am blessed to know such an amazing community that understands the impact and importance of helping those in need around the world.
As the year comes to a close, we look ahead to 2018, where we will continue our service in Cameroon before moving on to Guinea. This is the time of year that I must also ask for your help.
The month of December is most important of the giving year when we raise a majority of our annual funds. These funds are important because they allow us to plan for the year ahead in the most efficient and effective way possible. Without donors who step up in the month of December to give what they can, big projects like the HOPE Centre are simply not possible. Giving at this time is important as it allows us to maximize your funding and its benefits to people in desperate need.
To help us in this critical time, we have been blessed by an anonymous donor who is matching donations from now until December 31st up 10 $100,000 I humbly ask that you give today so we can plan and maximize our resources for the year ahead.
Thank you once again for partnering with us as we work towards bringing hope and healing to the world’s poorest nations. Together, you and Mercy Ships have made a real difference in 2017. My heart is filled with hope when I think of the possibilities for the year ahead.
As always, I remain ever grateful,
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