Thanks to a matching gift, all donations this Giving Tuesday will double in impact to provide life-changing surgeries and medical care for children like Mariama and Salamatou.

Thanks to a matching gift, all donations this Giving Tuesday will double in impact to provide life-changing surgeries and medical care for children like Mariama and Salamatou.

Watch the Twins’ journey here!

Watch the Twins’ journey here!

High up Mount Manengouba in Cameroon, through rocky terrain and lush foliage, lies the beautiful village of Bororos. Two sisters, Salamatou and Mariama, called Bororos home, but they had never left the village because of their terribly twisted legs.

The sisters were unable to receive important nutrients they needed during crucial years of bone development. Without strong bones, the pressure of walking caused their legs to grow incorrectly, resulting in a condition called Valgus. Because of their

twisted legs, they both found it difficult to walk to school, and rarely attended. Their inability to access surgery meant Salamatou and Mariama had to learn to cope with their condition for their entire lives.

“I felt bad that we did not have any money to take them to the hospital,” recalled their mother, Mymoona. “I was worried about them and their future. If I didn’t do anything, I knew they would have a hard time in life.”

Then her husband, Debo, heard about Mercy Ships, and led the girls down the mountain on horseback, making the brave journey to the coast. They were grateful to have each other as they arrived at the Africa Mercy, a ship they had only heard stories about.

The sisters’ almost identical conditions enabled the whole family to stay together after they were approved for surgery. With their family by their side, Salamatou and Mariama began to soak in their new surroundings and prepare for the operation that would change the course of their lives.

Thanks to friends like you, Mariama and Salamatou received a life-changing surgery on the Africa Mercy.

The first day after their surgeries, Salamatou was up and walking around, challenging her sister, who was convinced the straightened casts didn’t contain her own legs. Clutching at the familiarity of her toes, Mariama watched her older sister stand tall. Soon, their strong personalities were evident as they each watched competitively to see what the other was achieving.

During their rehabilitation exercises, their parents learned about the importance of nutrition. The ship’s dietician gave them valuable information about crucial nutrients, like calcium, before sending the family on their way with plenty of vitamins to aid the girls’ healing.

Salamatou and Mariama returned to Bororos with newly straightened legs! And Debo and Mymoona returned ready to share what they had learned about nutrition during their time on the Africa Mercy.

“The route down the mountain was too much for the girls before, and I thought they would never go down. Their lives are far better now, far improved,” said Debo. “Now, they will be able to commit to school and use their education. Before, my heart was anxious for my family, but now I am content.”

High up Mount Manengouba in Cameroon, through rocky terrain and lush foliage, lies the beautiful village of Bororos. Two sisters, Salamatou and Mariama, called Bororos home, but they had never left the village because of their terribly twisted legs.

The sisters were unable to receive important nutrients they needed during crucial years of bone development. Without strong bones, the pressure of walking caused their legs to grow incorrectly, resulting in a condition called Valgus. Because of their twisted legs, they both found it difficult to walk to school, and rarely attended. Their inability to access surgery meant Salamatou and Mariama had to learn to cope with their condition for their entire lives.

“I felt bad that we did not have any money to take them to the hospital,” recalled their mother, Mymoona. “I was worried about them and their future. If I didn’t do anything, I knew they would have a hard time in life.”

Then her husband, Debo, heard about Mercy Ships, and led the girls down the mountain on horseback, making the brave journey to the coast. They were grateful to have each other as they arrived at the Africa Mercy, a ship they had only heard stories about.

The sisters’ almost identical conditions enabled the whole family to stay together after they were approved for surgery. With their family by their side, Salamatou and Mariama began to soak in their new surroundings and prepare for the operation that would change the course of their lives.

Thanks to friends like you, Mariama and Salamatou received a life-changing surgery on the Africa Mercy.

The first day after their surgeries, Salamatou was up and walking around, challenging her sister, who was convinced the straightened casts didn’t contain her own legs. Clutching at the familiarity of her toes, Mariama watched her older sister stand tall. Soon, their strong personalities were evident as they each watched competitively to see what the other was achieving.

During their rehabilitation exercises, their parents learned about the importance of nutrition. The ship’s dietician gave them valuable information about crucial nutrients, like calcium, before sending the family on their way with plenty of vitamins to aid the girls’ healing.

Salamatou and Mariama returned to Bororos with newly straightened legs! And Debo and Mymoona returned ready to share what they had learned about nutrition during their time on the Africa Mercy.

“The route down the mountain was too much for the girls before, and I thought they would never go down. Their lives are far better now, far improved,” said Debo. “Now, they will be able to commit to school and use their education. Before, my heart was anxious for my family, but now I am content.”