One of my (many :P) favourite heart-highlights about Mercy Ships is the fact that they passionately believe in the power of equipping communities with free education.
There is a wise saying,
‘Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.’
This is the rational that drives their capacity building programs. Their hope is that transformation will continue to spread throughout the community, long after they leave.
I love how NZ poet John Dennison one described the sharing of knowledge (not exact words; the gist) – when you share knowledge with someone, it isn’t halved – it gets doubled in the world. So it is with the benefits that knowledge reaps. As (commonly attributed to) Francis Bacon said, ‘Knowledge is power.’
You can watch this video to find out more about Mercy Ships’ capacity building projects.
Here are stories about a few of these projects:
- Basic Surgical Skills Course
- Helping Babies Breathe Course
- Dr Andry, Orthopaedic Surgeon Mentoring
- Growth Where There Was None (Nutritional Agriculture Course)
Other projects included various surgeon, nurse, anaesthesia education mentoring and lifebox/pulse oximetry, primary trauma care and leadership courses.
Mercy Ships also renovated a wing of the Centre Hospitalaier Universitaire Toamasina (CHUT) and a building in local Hospital Kelly. This was to provide a temporary space for the land-based surgical outpatients, dental and eye clinics during the field service, as well as to leave improved facilities for the long-term.
- Dental: smile, Tsiky! (feat. Tsiky and dental hygienist Robbie Lerma)
- Dental: our lines need you (feat. Beatrice, Richella and dental assistant Alice Powell)
Photo by Katie Keegan.
Most, if not all, of the patient/program stories on this blog (apart from other people’s blog posts) contain editing by Nancy Predaina.
The thoughts in this blog are mine and do not necessarily represent nor reflect the views nor values of Mercy Ships.