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15862 State Highway 110 N
% Kerry Peterson

Texas 75771
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Target demographics: to increase access to health care.

Geographic areas served: Africa

Programs: through the deployment of the world’s largest, private hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships works with host nations to help fill the gaps in health care systems, while serving the dire and immediate needs of their population. Mercy Ships provides a variety of training opportunities for medical professionals (surgeons, nurses, anesthesia providers, administrators and community health workers), along with curative surgical interventions. Collaborating with qualified local and international partners, Mercy Ships programs offer holistic support to developing nations striving to make health care accessible for all. Since 1978, Mercy Ships delivered services to more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries. The countries served by Mercy Ships are ranked as the poorest in the world by the United Nations Human Development Index.

Mercy Ships, a global charity, has operated a fleet of hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Following the example of Jesus, Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the poor, mobilizing people and resources worldwide.

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Caring for another, giving of oneself, going the extra mile, listening carefully, and showing great mercy – these are the traits the care givers on the great white hospital ship demonstrate every single day, day after day. Volunteers all, the surgeons, nurses, lab techs, X-Ray technicians, ... more »
Our family of four was able to serve six summers (so far!) aboard the Anastasis and the Africa Mercy. We served in Europe, South Africa, Liberia, Benin, Sierra Leone, and Togo as leaders of the Academy's Summer Program. Our job enabled us to work with the ship children during the day, in daily ... more »
My husband Frank and I spent 5 years as volunteers with Mercy Ships on the M.V. Anastasis from 1999 to 2004 (4-6 months of each year) and we are a donor to the ministry now and would love to serve again if we have the opportunity. We know that they need a ship especially designed for this ... more »
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