(September 9, 2021) Caloundra, Qld, Mercy Ships shares more good news…

Firstly, it’s full steam ahead for the new Global Mercy!

As we speak, a small crew on board is sailing to Belgium for the ship’s final equipping. Soon, the decks of our new ship will be filled with volunteers from all corners of the globe, ready for the journey of a lifetime.

Could you assist them in some way? Find your purpose at mercyships.org/makeyourmark.

Liberian reasons to celebrate
We’ve got big reasons to celebrate in Liberia, where our latest class of Biomedical Technician students just wrapped up their course!

Over the span of eight weeks, this group has learned how to use and repair biomedical equipment to strengthen the quality of care in their hospitals.

‘It is very important to us because there are lots of things we are learning. I’m so happy that after this training, we will go back to our country and be able to work and see a change,’ said Comfort, one of the course participants.

A short while later, Djimby and her grandmother were on their way to Dakar, where the Africa Mercy was docked. After Djimby was screened for surgery, she was given a date for surgery. With healing finally in sight after so many years, Ndeye felt more hope than ever!

Hope for Djimby
She may be small, but Djimby is nothing short of powerful. However, Djimby’s strong personality couldn’t hide the painful condition that the young girl has had to endure most of her life. She had developed a condition called windswept knees, which made standing and walking difficult.

Her grandmother Ndeye tried to find healing for Djimby but seemed only to reach dead ends. The solution they had been looking for came in the most unexpected way.

One afternoon, a neighbour stopped by with wonderful news — there was a hospital ship coming to Senegal with volunteer medical professionals providing free surgeries to those in need.

Now, following successful surgery rehabilitation, Ndeye believes that her granddaughter will have a more prosperous future.

‘Mercy Ships made me forget about the past two years of suffering,’ she said. ‘I hope Djimby will transform people’s lives the way Mercy Ships transformed her life.’

Continuing to work to benefit millions
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building, and sustainable development to those with little access in the developing world.

Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens (left), Mercy Ships has worked in more than fifty-five developing countries, providing services valued at more than $1.7 billion and directly benefitting more than 2.8 million people.

Our ships are crewed by volunteers from over 60 nations, with an average of over 1,200 volunteers each year. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, mariners, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills. With 16 national offices and an Africa Bureau, Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time.

For more information, contact: Mercy Ships Australia, PO Box 1080 Caloundra QLD 4551, Email: msaust@mercyships.org / Toni Keighley Donor Services Coordinator toni.keighley@mercyships.org Ph: 1300 739 899

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