little hope in sight

By the time she was starting to crawl, Aicha could see nothing around her. Milky white cataracts blocked Aicha’s vision. And blindness loomed over her entire life. School was impossible. Being treated like an outcast was inevitable.

children like Aicha suffer daily in places where medical care is nearly nonexistent

1 in 11

children die before their fifth birthday


of children need surgery by age 15

1 physician
for every
5,000 people

In sub-Saharan Africa, the numbers are heartbreaking. Curable conditions quickly become life-threatening due to a lack of safe surgery.

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a vessel of hope sharing God’s mercy

Why a ship? Simply put—a hospital ship is the best way to deliver safe surgeries to some of the poorest people in the world.

it starts with location

Because 50% of the world’s population lives near a coast, we can provide more surgeries for more people


we’re built on efficiency

In regions where resources are scarce, a state-of-the-art hospital ship is the most efficient way to deliver free surgeries

we create lasting change

Our programs include training and mentoring local professionals, providing medical tools and resources, building better facilities, and more.

YOU and Mercy Ships: delivering God’s love

Your compassion steps onboard to walk alongside each patient to remind them that they are not forgotten.

step 1: screening

Thousands line up. Many wait overnight, hoping and praying for the chance of life-changing surgery. Sadly, some must be turned away. Yellow patient cards serve as tickets for those approved to come onboard in the coming weeks for surgery.

step 2: surgery

Often, our volunteer surgeons can remove a life-threatening condition—like a facial tumor—in a matter of hours. Each surgery, and every patient, has their own story. Then, our entire crew offers their loving care to ensure patients receive the proper post-surgery treatment, rest and personal attention needed for a full recovery.

step 3: sustainability

Healing continues long after one of our ships departs. Mercy Ships aims to leave a host nation better equipped to care for their own by training and mentoring local professionals, providing in-country healthcare workers with medical tools and resources, helping to build better local medical facilities, and more…

love at first sight

After meeting Mercy Ships and receiving successful cataracts surgery, Aicha’s entire life was filled with light. As her bandages were removed, her eyes grew wide. Surrounded by crew and supporters, Aicha focused in on her family. She ran into her mother’s legs, buried her face in them, and looked up at her mother for the very first time.

These are the blessed moments your generosity creates. A gift for free surgery can help cure lifelong suffering and heal entire lives. Help answer the prayers of the next family in need today.

Provide free surgeries that change lives.