Monday, 2 September 2013

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, H for Health Care, Hospital Ship

Mercy Ships

From Wikipedia,


Mercy Ships
Mercy ships logo.svg
Founded 1978


One of my neighbours spends a lot of time to gather money for the Mercy Ships. These ships are actually hospital ships. She also tells about the work done on the ships, and she makes beautiful cards for Christmas, birthdays, weddings, well... for all sort of occasions. She sells them for this great cause.Watch this video to see how this work on the ships can make a difference in a child's life. But not only children benefit from the work of the Merci Ships, adults also do.
The boy in the video had been operated on his legs, and got straight legs, which meant that he could live and play with the children of his hometown.








Websitewww.mercyships.org
"Mercy Ships is an international charity that was founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens. Mercy Ships currently operates the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world providing free health care, community development projects, community health education, mental health programs, agriculture projects, and palliative care for terminally ill patients.
Mercy Ships has operated in more than 70 developing nations around the world, with a current focus on the countries of West Africa.

A major inspiration for Mercy Ships founder and President Don Stephens was the work of the international hospital ship SS Hope. Stephens' research showed that 95 of the 100 largest cities in the world were port cities. Therefore, a hospital ship could deliver healthcare very efficiently to large numbers of people. The birth of Stephens' profoundly disabled son, John Paul, also inspired him to move forward with his vision of a floating hospital. A visit with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India, further deepened his commitment to serving the world's neediest people."


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25 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a great idea that was and what a wonderful charity and how good of your friend to work for it and to donate the proceeds of her talent. The video was so touching...

Ercotravels said...

Interesting informative article! love it. nice find of the video...

ladyfi said...

What a great charity!

Gary Phillips said...

Fantastic post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Rajesh said...

I never knew about this wonder organization before. Thanks for sharing.

Leslie: said...

What an incredible organization, Wil. I'd never heard of it before but will keep my eyes open for any news of it and help if I can. The video was so inspiring!

Leslie
abcw team

Carver said...

Great post on an important topic. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Hildred said...

Yes Wil, a wonderful organization. In Canada, in the early 1900s, the Dr. Wilfred Grenfell Mission operated a hospital ship along the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Roger Owen Green said...

I think I saw a story on this on the CBS News show 60 Minutes. How wonderfully civilized!

photowannabe said...

I have been involved with Mercy Ships for many years and a good friend of ours goes at least twice a year as a dentist and dental surgeon all over the world.
It is amazing to see the true miracles performed aboard the ships.
Great post today Wil.

Hazel Ceej said...

Oh, so there's a hospital ship too (I know the book ship). I come from a developing country but have never heard of Mercy Ship. Maybe if I searched....
Hazel

Vagabonde said...

J’ai vu un reportage sur ce bateaux – ils font un travail formidable et aide beaucoup de malades.

Nanka said...

The man Don Stephens is a great visionary and salute his noble cause!! There are so many people around the world who need to be commended for their exemplary work!!

Norma Ruttan said...

fabulous and heartwarming tale of Abel! God bless those medical volunteers.

MERYL JAFFE, PhD - parent, psychologist, teacher, author... said...

What a wonderful idea and service!

New York Erratic said...

Wonderful story!

Ercotravels said...

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http://travelagent-india.blogspot.in/2013/08/about-visiting-time-routes-kerala-backwater-houseboat.html

Joy said...

An inspired idea and a wonderful charity. Quite mind blowing to see the photo of all the medical workers on the ship.

ChrisJ said...

I'm so glad you chose to write about the Mercy Ships! They do a WONDERFUL
work. I actually know several people who have worked on these ships. Such a worthy cause.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

May be when I am retired, they will let me work in one of them.

Kay L. Davies said...

Hi Wil
This is wonderful. It is amazing how people who are faced with a family crisis can think of a way to help other families around the world. And I love the name "Mercy Ships"!
Love, K

Gattina said...

That's a very good idea ! and a wonderful charity !
I am actually at the Geneva Lake but on the French side on holidays !

EG CameraGirl said...

What an amazing story about Abel!

Louisette retriever said...

Very interesting informative article! best regard from Belgium

Reader Wil said...

Hi Louisette! I am so sorry that I cannot find a place to comment on your blog. Merci de votre visite! J'ai lu que vous aimez les même choses j'aime.
Bonne journée!