Helping Out Half a World Away
This week, Canadian volunteer nurse Kim Marlatt was featured in The Chatham Voice, speaking about her recent service with Mercy Ships.
Marlatt, an OR nurse with the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, recently returned after two weeks onboard the Africa Mercy in Conakry, Guinea. She spent her two-week vacation from work to donate her time and professional skills to the Ophthalmic Program.
“It was such a life-changing experience for me. One of the weeks I was there, I was doing cataracts on five-month-old babies who were born blind,” she said. “We were giving the gift of sight. The next day, I’d go see the babies in this ward and they were reaching for your face and seeing their moms for the first time.”
Since the Africa Mercy arrived in Guinea last August, volunteers like Kim in our Ophthalmic Program have helped give over 1,000 free eye surgeries for people in need.
Read the full article from The Chatham Voice here.
Freshly refitted hospital ship, the upgraded Africa Mercy® has arrived at the island nation to build on the charity’s longstanding collaboration and will provide specialized surgeries in various fields, including maxillofacial and ear nose and throat, general, pediatric specialized general, pediatric orthopedic, cataract surgery, and reconstructive plastics.
In 2015, in an operating room on board the Africa Mercy while docked in Madagascar, the course of Vanya’s life changed.
Years have now passed since Vanya’s journey toward healing. In the time since, her improved ability to walk allowed her to return to school, where she loved studying environmental science and learning about the world around her.
Darryl Anderson shares his thank you message after Christmas to express his gratitude for your support and dedication to our mission.
At Mercy Ships Canada, we serve those who have lost hope, bringing healing and transformation. Our volunteers, inspired by their faith, work selflessly to perform surgeries that renew not only bodies but also faith and hope. This Christmas, be a part of the miracle by making a donation to Mercy Ships Canada. Your contribution will help renew faith and offer a second chance at life. Together, we can make a significant impact on those who have suffered for too long.
Our journey continues, and we’re excited to have you by our side as we embark on new adventures of compassion and change.
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