The tiny warrior

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The first sight of three-month-old Paul revealed a feather-light bundle cradled in his desperate mother’s arms. His skin was paper-thin and his body remarkably tiny. He weighed just over two kilograms – less than he had when he was first born. The tiny baby was born with a … Read More

What is Mercy Ships?

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Watch the video here: Each year around 40 Kiwis volunteer aboard the Mercy Ship, helping to deliver free essential surgery to people living in abject poverty. These New Zealanders are serving in medical, maritime and operational roles deliver both hope and healing to Africa’s forgotten poor.  Watch the … 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

Rose and her Dad

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Pounding yams … hand-washing clothes … head-carrying water or goods to sell … feeding a baby … all common tasks for women in many parts of West Africa. For some, it’s part of living; for others, it’s a matter of surviving. For a young girl like Rose, having … Read More

Isabelle’s ‘toothache’

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Isabelle lives in a small village in the mountainous centre of Madagascar’s far north. The surrounding harsh terrain makes the area almost inaccessible, especially during the wet season when the dirt roads become mires of red mud. The 13-year-old loves her village life, and her favourite thing to … Read More

She can’t get enough of giving

In Mercy Ships we affectionately call people like Robyn Ferguson repeat offenders. It is seven years since a Google search for a philanthropic adventure introduced this nurse to Mercy Ships. So far her seven short-term services have taken her to Togo, Guinea, The Republic of Congo, Madagascar and … Read More

Blind siblings gain sight

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The children’s mother Amina understood their dark struggle only too well. She too had been blind until the age of 13. Suddenly hope appeared on Amina’s horizon when the first Mercy Ship Anastasis docked in her nation of Benin in 2001. She was offered an unheard of opportunity … 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

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

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