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A Three-Month-Old Fighter: Part One

[:en] The first sight of 3-month-old Paul revealed a feather-light bundle cradled in his desperate mother’s arms. His skin was paper-thin and his body remarkably tiny. He weighed just over 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) – less than he had when he was first born. The tiny baby was born with a cleft lip and palate […]

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Overcoming Their Mountain: Salamatou And Mariama

[:en] High up Mount Manengouba in Cameroon, through rocky terrain and lush foliage, lies the beautiful village of Bororos. The journey to Bororos consists of a steep, uphill horse ride surrounded by craggy rocks with only wildlife for company. But two little girls, sisters Salamatou and Mariama, had never left their village high in the […]

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Treasured Vision

[:en] Tresor’s small hands clutched the newly removed eye patches as he scrunched his eyes closed, refusing to open them even as a nurse’s gentle voice coaxed him from the darkness. It took a few minutes — and his mother’s whispered encouragement — before the four-year-old dared to slowly blink his eyes open. Immediately, his […]

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Reaching Out: Tresor’s Story

[:en] Tresor is a ten-year-old boy with an explosive laugh. He’s a cheeky prankster with a competitive spirit, and he’s completely unafraid to speak his mind. He’s the kind of child you’d call unstoppable. But Tresor’s childhood took an unexpected turn when he was just three years old — he was playing outside with his […]

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A Mother’s Love: Yaya’s Story

[:en]  Yaya’s nine-year-old daughter, Moonira, can’t remember seeing her mother without the massive tumor that had stretched across her face for eight years. Yaya, now 27 years old, initially noticed something starting to grow on her jaw. The once-small tumor continued to grow aggressively until Yaya had difficulty eating or speaking. Eventually, the tumor would […]

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National Volunteer Week 2018

[:en] Volunteers…Mercy Ships wouldn’t be Mercy Ships without them!  Each year Mercy Ships Canada says bon voyage to over a hundred volunteers from across the country as they depart for the Africa Mercy. Volunteers pay their own way and give their time to help make the mission of Mercy Ships possible. We are in awe of their dedication, […]

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The Courage Within: Monique’s Story

[:en] Sitting in a makeshift classroom in the back of her house, nine-year-old Monique waited in darkness, listening intently to the sound of her grandmother’s voice going over the day’s lesson. She was homeschooled for the past three years due to severe cataracts and had to withdraw from school because of her blindness. Monique enjoyed […]

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National Volunteer Week 2018

Mercy Ships wouldn’t be Mercy Ships without our volunteers!

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A Heaviness Lifted: Kaltoumi’s Story

[:en] When 12-year-old Kaltoumi first arrived on the Africa Mercy, she likely had 3 months, or less, to live. The massive facial tumor she’d carried for over five years threatened to starve or slowly suffocate her. An early death was inevitable for Kaltoumi if there was no immediate medical intervention, according to volunteer surgeon and […]

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Aser Roger’s Second Chance

[:en] Turn right two times, pull yourself over the stone stairwell … avoid children and stray dogs under your feet. Feel along the cement walls until your fingers touch the frayed rope railing. Follow it to the end of the path, turn left. Finally … home. Fifty-nine-year-old Aser Roger was born in this house. But, […]

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