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A Closer Look at Development: Mercy Ships

In our ‘A Closer Look’ series, we highlight an organization which puts high value on humanitarian work and the development of vulnerable locations. We are honored to have Mercy Ships as our fifth highlighted organization in this edition of ‘A Closer Look’.

Mercy Ships is inspired by SS Hope

Mercy Ships is a faith-based international charity and currently operates the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world. They provide humanitarian aid like free health care, community development projects, community health education, mental health programs, agriculture projects, and palliative care for terminally ill patients.

A major inspiration for Mercy Ships president and founder Don Stephens was the work of the international hospital ship SS Hope. Which originally was a US Navy hospital ship: the USS Consolation. Consolation was donated to Project Hope in 1958, and under its new name served from 1960 until 1974, when she was retired. Don Stephens’ research showed that 95 of the 100 largest cities in the world were port cities. When you are near port cities, a ship proves to be the most efficient platform to deliver health care to regions where clean water, electricity, medical facilities and personnel is limited or nonexistent. Mercy Ships continued the work SS Hope started with the purchase of the Anastasis, where Don Stephens and his family lived for ten years helping people who need it most.

Fifalina’s legs appeared normal when she was born in Madagascar. But as she started to grow, her leg bones began to curve. Each year, they became more deformed. Walking became difficult, and then dangerous—with fall after fall. Then, after many years, Fifalina’s parents heard that a hospital ship from Mercy Ships had docked at the port. They quickly took her there. She underwent several complex orthopedic surgeries. After months of treatment that included rotating her leg bones more than 200 degrees, Fifalina can now walk, go to school and live a full life like other children. Read the full story here.

We are closely related to Mercy Ships and other like-minded organizations that put great emphasis on helping those who need it most. We are propelled by our corresponding compassionate goal. Be sure to browse through our daily updated News & Community section if you want to read more ‘A Closer Look’ articles.