Africa’s hospital ship is nurse’s 2nd home

What drew Hannah back to volunteer in the Mercy Ship wards for a third time – paying her own way for the privilege? Madagascar and Benin may be exotic sounding holiday locations, but over the past nine months Stanmore Bay nurse Hannah Peters saw a side of everyday life in Africa that most tourists never glimpse.

‘What I loved and valued in the job was being able to be alongside patients from the start of their healing journey to the very end. I could meet them when they were feeling so

Time to develop relationships with the patients was a real highlight

vulnerable, help them along, and observe them growing in strength physically and emotionally. It’s so hard to put into words what it means to see someone find what they had been seeking for so long – healing. It will change how they see themselves and alter their lives forever; it’s a beautiful thing.’


Read Hannah’s story in the Rodney Times