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Our Mission

Mercy Ships Canada resources surgery related programs that bring hope and healing to those who have limited access to healthcare.

About Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development to those with little access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1.3 billion, treating more than 2.56 million direct beneficiaries.

The Africa Mercy is crewed by 400 volunteers from up to 40 nations, an average of 1000 volunteers each year. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, sailers, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the mission. With offices in 16 nations, Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time.

Information About Giving

Spending of funds is confined to Board approved programs, projects or activities and is at the discretion of the Board. For more information or to obtain a copy of Mercy Ships Canada ’s audited financial statements, please contact us at  1-866-900-7447, send us an email at or visit our website at

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What People Are Saying

"Volunteering with Mercy Ships taught me to be bold; to step out of my comfort zone and do things that challenge me. I enjoyed my time so much – I have been given experiences and memories and friends that I wouldn’t change for the world. I would definitely volunteer with Mercy Ships again"

— Sonya Van Hove, Volunteer Dental Assistant

"I really enjoyed helping out and fundraising and wanted to actually help on board the ship. I want to be able to make a difference in the lives of people who are unable to access appropriate health care."

— Jesse Spooner, Volunteer Housekeeper

"I saw a documentary about 15 years ago in a hotel room and I sat down on the end of the bed and wept and a voice inside me said 'one day you will serve on that ship' it never left me and came to mind often in big and small ways."

— Dr. Joan Ross, Volunteer Surgeon

"I love that Mercy Ships brings people from all over the world trained in various places and careers to use their knowledge and abilities to make miracles happen every single day."

— Tara McHardy, Volunteer Nurse

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