At the beginning of 2020 I decided to take a little time out from my ‘normal’ life and volunteer my time and writing skills to an incredible humanitarian healthcare initiative, Mercy Ships, that operates in West Africa. My purpose onboard was to capture the stories of patients, volunteers, medical capacity building (MCB) programs and MCB participants.
I boarded Africa Mercy (in the Port of Dakar, Senegal) on 17 January 2020 expecting to spend months and months with the ship. Unfortunately two short months later COVID-19, and its impact on most of the world, meant that Mercy Ships had to wind down its field service in Senegal. As a result, I have returned to South Africa on Leave of Absence (LOA), until I can rejoin the ship once it is able to resumes its field service.
In the meantime, I’ll keep myself busy with writing assignments, fundraising activities, and continue to share my thoughts and experiences here on this site.
Everything communicated here reflects my own personal opinion and is neither reviewed nor endorsed by Mercy Ships.