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Hope, Healing, and Dignity for All

Posted on May 18, 2018 / ,

20-year-old Mairamou should have been excited about her future. She and her husband had eagerly anticipated the birth of their first child. But after a prolonged labor, she lost the baby and was left with a condition known as an obstetric fistula, making her incontinent. “People don’t want me there,” she said sadly. “They would tell me to go home because of the smell.”

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International Nurses Day: A Voice to Lead

Posted on May 4, 2018 /

This year, the International Council of Nurses is honoring nurses as global game-changers who have the ability to lead the world’s healthcare community in recognizing the basic human right to health and wellbeing — something that Mercy Ships also feels passionately about.

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Stepping Into A Brighter Future

Posted on May 3, 2018 / ,

With her fluffy pink dress and shiny shoes, three-year-old Cecilia is an undisputed princess—and no one is prouder of this ray of sunshine than her father, Emmanuel. She’s brimming with delightful energy, and Emmanuel is always one step behind her, ready to help her in the right direction. But, until recently, Cecilia needed more help … Continued

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from patient to crew – meet Osman

Posted on April 24, 2018 /

When Osman Kamara arrived on the Africa Mercy as a teenager to receive plastic surgery on his burn scars, he had no idea that one day he, too, would be a part of providing others with access to safe, free surgery. A native of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Osman received surgery to correct his burn contractures. … Continued

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Bringing Hope and Healing

Posted on March 31, 2018 /

Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and serving all people without regard for race, gender, or religion. Watch this short video to see how we accomplish that.

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A New Reason To Smile

Posted on February 14, 2018 / ,

With a beaming smile and large, striking eyes, Fadimatou’s cleft lip isn’t the first thing you’d see. But, thirteen years of looking different from everyone else took its toll on her confidence and self-esteem.

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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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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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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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Catching Up With Christelle … Seven Years Later!

Posted on April 24, 2017 / ,

Seven years ago, 11-year-old Christelle climbed the gangway of the Africa Mercy with her mom. A cleft lip and palate had stolen her self-confidence, and she had felt like an outcast as she hid from stares and jeers. Many emotions …excitement, nervousness, fear of the unknown … raced through her mind as she took each step. With hands gripped together tightly, Christelle and her mom hoped and prayed for a miracle as they stepped onto the ship and put their trust in the care of strangers.

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