The teacher’s burden

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It seemed like a small thing, so Lalao* paid scant attention to the small bump on her face. Instead of disappearing over time as she expected, the swelling on the Malagasy schoolteacher’s face grew and grew. Over 14 years the benign tumour developed until it resembled a huge … Read More

Valerie starts over

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It was a stranger who eventually told Valerie about Mercy Ships. One day, the 14-year-old left the shop on an errand, only to be startled by a woman following her, trying to give her information. “I was scared,” remembered Valerie, “but, looking back, I think that woman was … Read More

Juste

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Catch a glimpse into the lives of Juste, Valerie, blind siblings Jacques, Eloise and Marie-Claire, and others in this 80-second wrap up of our recent Benin Field service Benin field service wrap-up from Mercy Ships New Zealand on Vimeo.

Me first!

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“It was the stunning World Cup victory in 2010 which brought me to name my son after football coach José Mourinho,” says Maurinho’s dad. It makes sense, then, when his mum describes her son’s competitive nature. “When Maurinho says that he wants to achieve something, he will not … Read More

Engineers, sparkies & chippies

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Believe it or not, a floating hospital ship requires a boat-load (shipload, actually) of highly skilled people to operate smoothly. Technical crew work in close collaboration with medical professionals to provide free essential surgery to people in poverty. The Africa Mercy crew includes a variety of essential roles that … Read More

Removing Marthe’s burden

“We weren’t sure if she’d come back alive,” Marthe’s friends and family declared when they welcomed her back home. She was returning from a long stay on the Africa Mercy, over four hours away, where surgeons removed tumour weight more than 13 kilos from her back. A massive burden had literally … Read More

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