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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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Amy

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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Emil

The Royal College of Canadian Physicians and Surgeons

For the month of March, 2018 the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons highlighted Canadian Surgeons Dr. Sherif Emil and Dr. Etienne St-Louis from Montreal, Quebec throughout their journey onboard the Africa Mercy. Dr. Emil and Dr. St-Louis wrote dispatches which were published by the Royal College, McGill University and The Montreal Children’s hospital. These […]

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A Decade Of Darkness: Lydienne’s Story

[:en] For 10 years, Lydienne’s world grew darker … and darker … Slowly losing her eyesight from cataracts felt like a lifelong prison sentence for the 65-year-old seamstress. The blindness stole her independence because she was forced to rely on family members to be her eyes. Even simple walks to the market, down streets she’d […]

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Out of Hiding: Djenabou’s Story

[:en]Underneath the swirling pattern and bright dye of Djenabou’s scarf was a massive goiter that had been growing for over 18 years. For more than half her life, she’d carried its weight … a weight producing far more than the physical effects of a mass slowly closing her airways. Djenabou felt like the goiter had […]

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A Girl Set Free: Justine’s Story

[:en] If anyone tells Justine she can’t do something, she’ll find a way to prove them wrong. This 11-year-old has the heart of a lioness—fearless and fiery. Can’t doesn’t seem to be in her vocabulary. Her strength sparked pride in her grandfather’s heart … but also great concern. Justine was born with bowed legs, a […]

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Mairamou’s New Beginning

[:en] Mairamou should have been excited about her future … a sparkling, joy-filled future. And she had been excited for a while. She and her husband had eagerly anticipated the birth of their first child. But after a long, painful labor, she lost the baby. The tragedy was intensified because the prolonged labor caused physical […]

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Together we can change lives.

[:en] 5 billion people lack access to safe and affordable surgery. 5 billion. The number is overwhelming, but together…we can change lives one by one and work towards a future where healthcare is accessible to all. Since Mercy Ships was founded in 1978, our volunteers, donors, and employees have worked tirelessly to combat the global surgery […]

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