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

‘Searching for hope’ image awarded

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“You have saved my life.” Mabouba’s voice breaks as she expresses her gratitude. After six years, her life-threatening tumour is finally gone. ““It was in 2010 that it started,” the 23-year-old recalls. At the time, Mabouba was finishing up her junior year of high school with plans to become … Read More

Kiwis’ Waitangi Day in Benin

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This Waitangi Day please join us in giving thanks for a beautiful koha of love and commitment that is simply changing lives. During 2016, 23 Kiwis travelled to Africa ‘on their own dollar’ to volunteer with Mercy Ships. They helped transform lives and bring tangible hope for the future to people in … Read More

His brothers’ love

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Kabir couldn’t walk, nor could he see.  Polio struck Kabir’s legs when he was a child, leaving irreparable damage. When cataracts grew over his eyes stealing his vision also, his loving brothers never gave up.  When they heard it might be possible for Kabir’s sight to be restored, … Read More

Life’s simply joys

After five years as an intensive care nurse at Christchurch Hospital, Jess Doney is used to dealing with crises. Her acquired skills have been put to the test when she recently stepped into a new and extraordinary surgical environment. The 26-year-old signed on articles for a two-month tour-our-duty … Read More

Heading back to school

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90 sec VIDEO: When correctable conditions prevent kids from attending school with their friends, or rob a fine teacher of her job, the first day back is a very exciting indeed.

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