We wanted to let you know that in these difficult days we are holding you in our prayers. We know that there is much uncertainty, disruption, fear, anxiety and illness to contend with as the world works to contain the spread of COVID-19. Our hope is that you and your loved ones are safe, sheltered and able to manage in the weeks ahead.

We also wanted to say a heartfelt thank you. In these uncertain times we are humbled once again by the deep commitment and generosity of our donors and volunteers. Thank you for stepping up to do what you can to help others in tremendous need. You, our extended Mercy Ships family, have impressed and overwhelmed us by your dedication to those we serve in Africa.

Everyone is coming to understand the importance of medical capacity building and strengthening the health infrastructure in the nations we serve. Alongside providing essential surgery, this remains a program priority for Mercy Ships.

“Health officials across Africa know hospitals can deal with only a fraction of those needing care if the virus spreads through crowded cities, remote villages and among vulnerable populations such as refugees, malnourished people or those with HIV and other chronic conditions.” The Guardian, 26 March 2020

A major concern for us right now is the health of the Senegalese people and the safety and well-being of our own volunteers and crew. With a pandemic declared by the World Health Organisation, the programmatic operations of our current field in Senegal have been adapted and you can find details about this here. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date.

One thing we do know is that without your generosity, we wouldn’t be able to support those who can rarely access health care, if at all.

Some amazing news to brighten our difficult times is that a generous donor from Victoria has promised to double every gift given to Mercy Ships in Australia until the end of April. We are absolutely aware of the pressure so many people are under at this time but wanted to share with you that this is the best time to make a donation.

Even if you can only make a small donation, we thank you for showing such compassion for others whose only hope lies in your giving.

Thank you, thank you and thank you again. These are hard times for us all and only by helping and supporting each other will we get through. Look after yourself, stay well, and stay home – safe in the knowledge that your kindness and compassion is transforming lives.

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