Saliou, An Unshakable Smile

Saliou was too young to realize that he was different. At 2 years old, the little boy had no idea that his cleft lip set him apart from the other children. Blissfully unaware, the condition had no damper on Saliou’s personality, which brought joy to everyone he met.

While some might view Saliou’s condition as a reason to feel shame, especially in West Africa, where the lack of medical access can cause a person to live with the defect for a lifetime, Saliou’s grandmother, Ndiane refused to let his condition hinder her love.

“He’s so handsome,” she said while holding … Continue reading

A New Ship: Announcing the Global Mercy

The Global Mercy changing births after being painted.

The dream was born long ago.

What if we designed a new hospital ship? One that could hold more patients? Support more volunteer crewmembers? Deliver more medical training? What if we build a vessel that could provide even more hope and more healing in Africa?

Responding to an Overwhelming Need

The dream of … Continue reading

Gnilane, Dreams of Being a Doctor

Gnilane first noticed the small lump on her face when she was 15 years old. At first, she didn’t think anything of it and figured it would go away. The young and carefree teenager continued with her studies, and after receiving her secondary school diploma, she went on to high school. However, as she continued to grow, so did the lump, and after four years, the tiny mass in her jaw had developed into a large tumor.

Gnilane had no other alternative than to have it removed; however, shortly after, the tumor began to re-emerge. At first, Gnilane did not … Continue reading

Benessa, Finding Joy

When Benessa was born, her mother had a simple wish for her daughter’s life.

“I want her to be like a diamond — to shine bright,” she said.

Unfortunately for most of Benessa’s life, the light inside her was overshadowed by the neurofibroma growing on her face.

When she was just a baby, her parents noticed a small lump and dark hairs growing above her left eye. By the time she was five years old, Benessa’s neurofibroma was drooping over her forehead like a sac and beginning to dislocate her eye.

Over time, more lumps started to develop on her … Continue reading

Current situation of “Mercy Ship” during global COVID-19.

Dear collaborator,

The hospital ship, the Africa Mercy has recently arrived at the port of Granadilla, Spain after having served eight months in the port of Dakar, Senegal.

While docked in Granadilla, pre-planned annual maintenance will be performed on the ship. Since 2009, this maintenance has been regularly performed and the Africa Mercy has become a familiar site in the Santa Cruz area.

This is the first time the ship has docked in Granadilla for annual maintenance. Our goal is for the Africa Mercy to be fully prepared to return to Africa as soon as the global COVID-19 situation has … Continue reading