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

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

Transforming wasteland

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The locals say nothing will grow in entire regions covered by sand in Madagascar. There, vegetables and fruit are a dreamed-of luxury. Nutrition is poor. The health of the vulnerable suffers. But Mercy Ships crew member George Coleman saw treasure where other people see trash. Mercy inspired the Romanina to make a … 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

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)

Removing Jocelin’s burden

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VIDEO:Jocelin hid his chin with a scarf to cover his shame; he was afraid of what the other children would say to him. But now he is bold and cheeky and delightful as he returns home with his overwhelmed Dad.

Making a practical difference

Starship Health paediatric nurse Vivien Welsh always knew she wanted to work with children. She entertained both teaching and nursing as career options. But time with a Christian missionary organisation based in Brisbane and travelling in India and other parts of Asia convinced her nursing was the right … Read More

Physios play key role in mission of Mercy

Hannah Rutherford recently volunteered with the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. The Mercy Ship was docked in Madagascar, and Hannah describes how she was impacted professionally and personally as she worked alongside the international teams providing healthcare services to people in extreme poverty.   After … Read More

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