Imagine living in pain and ridiculed by your community for a condition that you had no way of escaping — conditions such as bowed legs, burn contractures, or life-threatening tumors or goiters. This is the reality that nearly five billion people in the world face every day due to a lack of safe, timely, and affordable healthcare.
For many, the lack of access to safe surgery is the difference between a life burdened with pain and one filled with hope. Ailments such as cleft lips and palates can cause scars that reach much deeper than what you may see on the surface, but thanks to our faithful partners, Mercy Ships is working to provide hope and healing — and YOU can help give that hope this #GivingTuesday!
Mercy Ships has spent the last 40 years working to provide safe surgical care to those in need in sub-Saharan Africa. We are nearing the half-way mark for our current field service in Senegal where volunteers onboard the Africa Mercy are hard at work providing life-transforming surgeries that repair cleft lips and palates, help the blind to see by removing cataracts, remove the burden of tumors and goiters, and provide surgery and physical therapy for burn victims.
From helping to provide safe medical care to the training of local medical professionals through our medical capacity building programs, your faithful support impacts those we serve long after the ship sails from the port. By partnering with us, you can help bring hope to the many men, women, and children who have felt burdened and defined by their conditions for so long. You can give the hope of mobility to children like Djazim whose windswept legs kept him from school. Or the hope to serve others to people like Amadou who refused to let his goiter keep him from his passion of being a nurse. With your partnership, children like Aminata, who spent years hidden from the world because of her cleft lip, can once again find hope!
These are just some of our many patients whose stories have ended with hope thanks to the generosity of our partners! There’s so much hope to give, and you can join us this #GivingTuesday! Remember, YOUR gift will go even further thanks to a generous partner who has offered to match dollar for dollar up to $50,000!
The need is great, but together, we can make a world of difference, one person at a time. Everyone deserves to experience the power of true healing, and thanks to your kindness, people like Djazim, Amadou and Aminata can now face their future with renewed hope!