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MERCY SHIPS OPERATIONS
October 31, 2013

I initially took a three-month leave of absence from work in order to volunteer with Mercy Ships. That three months turned into a total of 14 months while the ship was in Benin (2009) and Togo (2010). I started as a ward nurse but also worked as a charge nurse and helped coordinate the VVF (vesico-vaginal fistula) surgery program in Togo.

Most importantly, I re-energized my passion for nursing and discovered that there's no greater joy than using the skills God has given you to help others. It was both a joy and a challenge to live and work in such close quarters with an international volunteer crew.

My time with Mercy Ships was a watershed experience for me. I might have stayed longer, but I returned to the USA to further my nursing education with the goal of returning overseas with greater skills and training. I would definitely consider serving with Mercy Ships in the future.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

strengthen some of the processes and systems on the ward side of the hospital to provide long-term consistency and improve communication and scheduling.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

WORLDWIDE FISTULA FUND INC
November 12, 2012

I had opportunity to volunteer as a nurse with WFF before the Danja Fistula Hospital was up and running. During that time we operated on 10 women and it was such a joy to be a part of their healing process! Many women have been rejected by husbands and families and are often cast out of their communities. At Danja, they quickly make friends with the other women. As nurses we made sure to hold hands, hug, and dance with these ladies. Some of them hadn't been touched by another person for years. WFF helps provide not only physical healing through surgery, but also emotional healing. You should see the celebrations we have during a dress ceremony which is a time of dancing, singing, and thanksgiving after the women have a successful surgery and are dry! WFF helps provide life skills to the women, and also helps train local nurses and other personnel in fistula care. Both of these activities help empower and educate local Nigeriens which is crucial for helping stop the cycle of obstetric fistula. I strongly support WFF and hope to one day be able to volunteer again at the Danja Fistula Hospital.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer