Specialty Focus: Dental

[:en]While Mercy Ships is known for its hospital and surgical procedures, another program we facilitate is our off-ship dental clinic. Screenings are conducted twice a week where people can line up and those who need it most are selected for dental procedures. Dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants travel to and from the ship five days […]

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A Lifetime of Hope for Paulinah

[:en] Five-month-old Paulinah, the sixth child in her family, was born with a large tumour (teratoma) on her behind.  Paulinah’s mother Florentine had a very difficult delivery with her. The baby’s head came out quickly but then she became stuck. The midwife was able to help her deliver the baby and when she emerged they saw the big […]

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Noely’s Shoelaces

[:en]Noely is a strong, proud Malagasy farmer. He owns a plot of land and raises coffee, pineapple and bananas to provide for his wife and only child. Agriculture is largely performed by hand in this island nation, and at 40 years of age Noely has devoted a lifetime of back-breaking work to barely make ends […]

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Tahiry’s Determined Mom

As Tahiry approached his second birthday, Victorine noticed something a bit odd – Tahiry’s legs were taking the shape of the letter “O.” She wasn’t sure what to make of the condition. When it didn’t improve, she brought Tahiry to the local hospital, where doctors explained that his legs could only be straightened through an […]

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Madagascar’s Musical Mozart

Four-year-old Jean sits quietly outside his home. He takes in the sights and sounds of the village children playing football. He watches as the kids excitedly cheer for the goal that has just been scored. And he yearns for the day that he can take part in the games. Sadly, Jean is never invited to […]

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Meet our International Crew: Yvonne Ferrari

[:en]As Yvonne Ferrari began to think about her retirement years, she knew she wanted to pursue volunteer work. She had worked for a number of years in the hospitality industry but wasn’t sure where her skills would fit in the mission field. When a friend shared a bit about Mercy Ships and its mission, Yvonne […]

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Beautiful Straight Feet

Prinscio was two when he took his first steps, walking on the tops of his twisted feet. Born with bilateral club feet, he developed this curious gait to get around. He was ashamed of the way he moved, and he would declare, “Don’t talk about my feet!” to anyone who stared. In every other way, […]

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Fanjakely’s Fairytale

Eighteen-year-old Fanjakely arrived at the Mercy Ships patient screening with a look of total despair in her eyes and unsmiling hopelessness on her face. It had always been her dream to be a mother. When she was fifteen, her captivating features and grace caught the eye of a handsome farmer, and they were wed. Not […]

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Saving Ronaldo’s Smile

The morning sun is already hot, and the lines of people waiting to have their dental problems relieved are long. In the island-nation of Madagascar, dental care is expensive and beyond the reach of most. Outside the local hospital gates, 17-year-old Ronaldo stands with the men, waiting in a line to be examined by the […]

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Dyllan’s Unleashed Potential

When we tell nine-year-old Dyllan, “You’re a beautiful boy,” he shakes his head adamantly. He doesn’t believe us. He doesn’t see what we see – the large brown eyes, the enchanting inquisitiveness. It has actually been a mission to get to see those big brown eyes. When we first met him, he kept his head […]

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