John Key endorses Mercy Ships

Just hours before his farewell speech from Parliament, former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key took the time to share what he thinks about Mercy Ships. “For almost 40 years volunteers have been helping the poorest people …”

X’s and O’s of orthopaedic surgery

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The Mercy Ships orthopaedic ward is full of laughter and giggles of children who are amazed as they look in the mirror at their own straight legs.  Some of the children arrived with severely knocked-knees; their legs made a definite “X’ shape as they did their best to … Read More

Surgeon, researcher, AND American Ninja Warrior?

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Meet Mark Shrime. This ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor heard about Mercy Ships back in 2006 through a friend of a friend. In-between fellowships, he decided to apply. “I was accepted, spent six months on the ship in Liberia and have been coming back ever since!” Twice … Read More

Serah won’t remember having club feet

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Sandrine’s elation turned to shock when her longed-for daughter was born. The baby’s tiny feet were twisted at severe right-angles, facing inward. Sandrine tearfully wrapped Serah’s disfigured feet and could not find the courage to look at them again for three days. Sandrine’s husband had been delighted about … Read More

Parliament votes ‘Aye’ for Mercy Ships

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After a lengthy, rigorous examination by the IRD (NZ tax department) and a vote in Parliament, Mercy Ships gained a special tax status attained by less than 1% of New Zealand charities. The sought-after ‘Schedule 32’ tax status allows Kiwis to receive a tax deductible receipt for every dollar … Read More

Food for Life.

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Where does all the produce go that’s grown throughout the Mercy Ships agricultural training program? It’s donated to the local orphanage, of course. Beninese crew member Eliphaz Essah leads the Food for Life programme, the agricultural branch of capacity building at Mercy Ships. Early on in each field service, Eliphaz … Read More

Free surgery for women in poverty

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Celebrating international Womens’ Day. Each week Mercy Ships is providing free life-transforming surgery for women in poverty. Obstetric fistula is just one speciality offered, and it’s a tough one to talk about. According to the UNFPA, motherhood remains a very risky endeavour in developing nations where every two minutes … Read More

Prinscio’s new feet

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Watch Prinscio’s journey from a wee boy ashamed of his bent feet into a spirited little guy who, for the very first time, can walk and play like other kids.(Video 2.5 min)

Why work for free?

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Assisting in surgery for one special patient was the highlight Naomi Watts’ time on board the Mercy Ship. The Cantabrian explains how Cecile’s operation to have a facial tumour removed was a poignant reminder of why she was working for free, so far from home.“As I did Cecile’s pre-op checks … Read More

Benin’s stilt village

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During the slave trade in Africa, the Tofinu tribe fled toward Lake Nokoué to avoid being captured by Fon warriors and sold as slaves. Religious beliefs prevented the Fon from fighting on the sacred lake and this area became a haven for the Tofinu. Today, many of our patients … Read More

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