Helping Out Half a World Away

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.

Kim Marlatt

Read the full article from The Chatham Voice here.

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Patient Vanya

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In 2015, in an operating room on board the Africa Mercy while docked in Madagascar, the course of Vanya’s life changed.
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Kadidja: A Future as Bright as her Smile

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.

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