Transformed lives: our patients

About 5 billion people worldwide do not have adequate access to surgical interventions. Every year, 143,000 surgeries are lacking. Behind every statistic is a story, a life - a person waiting for hope and healing.

Mercy Ships exists as a compassionate response to a world in need. Together we are part of one race on our planet, irrespective of country, creed or colour.

Discover the stories of lives transformed through hope and healing!

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Story of Hounsigbo

Story of Hounsigbo

When Hounsigbo’s eyesight first began to dim, she went to local hospital in hopes that they might be able to help. Without access to the surgery she needed to remove the cataracts, she was unable to find healing.

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Story of Aicha

Story of Aicha

Without her mother’s milk, Aicha became malnourished. Soon her legs began to bow outward.

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Story of Houleye

Story of Houleye

Khadiatou remembers a time not long ago when all she did was worry about her young niece. Only a few months ago, Houleye had to bear the weight of a tumor nearly half the size of her face. Life with this tumor was all Houleye had ever known.

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I want to volunteer!

Volunteer testimonies

Our volunteers are selfless servants. They deliver the highest quality care to individuals who otherwise would have little access to medical services. And they pay their own way, so every franc donated to Mercy Ships can go directly to helping the world’s forgotten poor.

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Lukas

Lukas

How a Mechanic made his Mark on a Hospital Ship “I remember I did the whole application, wondering, ‘Am I ever going to be on this ship? Is it actually […]

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Larissa

Larissa

After a first experience in 2018, Larissa did not want to stop there. Having become a nurse in the meantime, she hoped to return to the Africa Mercy as soon as possible. Finally, in September 2020, the opportunity presented itself… but in a completely different context because of Covid-19!

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Alphonse

Alphonse

Alphonse has known Mercy Ships for a long time: he has already volunteered in 1991 on board the Anastasis, our first hospital ship! In 2019, he supervised the maintenance work on the Africa Mercy.

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