a Smile and a Song

Posted on January 22, 2018 /

When Djazim flashed his contagious grin, the last thing you’d notice were his legs. But, beneath his joy, he was often in pain because of his windswept legs, which developed when he was four. “It was very difficult for him to walk, and kids used to insult him,” said Salimatu, Djazim’s mother. She loves her middle son with all her … Continued

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Capturing the Moment

Posted on January 3, 2018 /

Photographs allow powerful stories to unfold through brief moments captured on camera. This year, one photograph taken by Mercy Ships videographer, Kathryn (Kat) Sotolongo, illustrated the incredible impact Mercy Ships is having in the world.

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An impact for life

Posted on December 20, 2017 /

Manda, a participant in the Mercy Ships’ Food for Life program in Madagascar, has successfully created a cassava starch farm in his community.

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It only takes a little to help a lot!

Posted on December 15, 2017 /

What if all it took to help save a life was a few extra chores and a willingness to give? One 9-year-old discovered he could make a real difference in someone’s life this Christmas while working on a class project. Read how this young man is planning on helping the world.

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30,000th Free Surgery Provided Onboard the Africa Mercy

Posted on December 6, 2017 /

Volunteer surgeons on world’s largest private hospital ship reach milestone this week, celebrated on International Volunteer Day Cameroon, Africa, December 5, 2017 — This International Volunteer Day marks two incredible milestones onboard the floating hospital ship the Africa Mercy, currently docked in Cameroon. Volunteer ophthalmic surgeon from Tyler, Texas Dr. Glenn Strauss performed the 30,000th … Continued

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AmazonSmile partners with Mercy Ships to help people in need.

Posted on November 17, 2017 /

Online shopping makes our lives easier. Now it also makes it easier to give back. By shopping with AmazonSmile, your next online shopping trip could help Mercy Ships provide life-changing and lifesaving surgeries around the world. And you don’t have to spend any extra money to make it happen.

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2018 Mercy Ships Giving Catalog

Posted on November 14, 2017 /

This year, we have a way for you to give those gifts and more. The gifts inside the 2018 Mercy Ships Giving Catalog are gifts that will last far longer than the holiday season—these are the gifts that provide life-saving surgeries and ultimately, hope.

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A Handsome Boy Named David

Posted on October 19, 2017 /

“Did you swallow a tennis ball?” the kids in the neighborhood asked David. But he didn’t respond. “I don’t know why … I just didn’t want to insult back,” he explained with a gentle smile. When David was five, a small mass began growing and hurting on the right side of his neck. By the time he was 10, his … Continued

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Medical Capacity Building Projects

Posted on October 19, 2017 /

If we had our way, we would put ourselves out of business. While that might seem strange to say, it’s true. Our genuine hope is that, through training and mentorship programs, the standards of medical practices in the countries we visit will be elevated to the point that, eventually, they will no longer need outside assistance. In each country we visit … Continued

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Valerie Goes Back To School

Posted on October 19, 2017 /

When Valerie was four, she asked her father to pull her out of school. “I didn’t want to go anymore,” she recalled. Her legs had begun to bow outward. Instead of going to school, Valerie became apprenticed at a nearby tailor shop. She spent most days cutting, ironing, and stitching fabric together.

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