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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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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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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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Changing Muriella’s Story

Posted on October 13, 2016 /

Viewed from the left side of her profile, Muriella’s natural beauty made her stand out in the screening crowd of over a thousand. With her trendy clothes, fashionable long hair and typically self-conscious 17-year-old manner, she could have been standing in a high school cafeteria line in any high-income country. But as soon as the … Continued

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Tahiry’s Determined Mom

Posted on October 13, 2016 /

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 … Continued

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A Fist Bump For Fandresena

Posted on July 22, 2015 / ,

When I met five-year-old Fandresena he couldn’t use his right hand to give me a fist bump – a popular greeting similar in meaning to a high five. Two years earlier the cheeky little boy was caught in a house fire that severely burned his right hand.

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A New View of Scars

Posted on July 22, 2015 / ,

Three years ago, Windy was sleeping at home. Alone. The electricity had gone out, so a candle had been lit instead. Unfortunately, the candle was too close to the mosquito net that enclosed Windy.

Hot, merciless flames created the story that we now see.

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