Mercy Ships Receives Second $50 Million Transformative Donation from Harry and Linda Fath

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Garden Valley, Texas – (work wire) – Mercy Ships is pleased to announce a second gift of $50 million from Harry and Linda Fath of Cincinnati, Ohio. These two gifts are the largest donations in the history of mercy ships.

Harry and Linda first learned about the amazing work Mercy Ships was doing while watching this 60-minute CBS clip. They were so inspired that they sent in a donation the next day. Founder Don Stephens called Harry a few days later to thank them.

Harry had many questions, and the more he heard, the more interested he became and planned to visit Don at Mercy Chips’ home office in Garden Valley, Texas. He gained a better understanding of how this wonderful organization started and where they are today. Most importantly, he knew there was no cost to any medical care. Everyone on board is a volunteer and they pay for accommodation, food and all of their transportation costs.

The visit was informative and inspiring for Harry. He learned of Mercy Ships’ desire for a new second ship that could more than double the life-changing care that Mercy Ships provides.

Don suggested that Harry visit the current ship and see firsthand what they are achieving. Arrangements were made for Harry, his daughter Heather (who had done missionary work in Africa) and the director of the Cincinnati Zoo, Thane Maynard to go to Benin, Africa where the ship was docked. Upon his return, the conquest decided to present the first gift of $50 million.

Harry commented on the time he spent on the ship. “Not only have I witnessed the transformations that occur in patients’ lives after receiving medical care, but I was truly inspired and astounded by the volunteers at Mercy Ships. When I thought about the personal sacrifices these volunteers make to help other people with debilitating medical problems, yet they are the happiest individuals I have ever seen.” In my life. There is a lesson there. I hope Linda and I hope that our donation will inspire others.”

Don Stevens, founder of Mercy Ships, said, “We are grateful to Harry and Linda Vath for their generous donation. They care deeply about our mission and feel called to contribute and support the organization’s efforts. Together, we can make a difference to tens of thousands of lives in Africa today and in the future.”

The original Conquest donation of $50 million was earmarked to help build and deliver global mercy®, currently in Antwerp, Belgium to prepare it for service as the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world.

With 12 floors, the global mercy Equipped with six surgical operating rooms and a specialized training platform for African surgeons, obstetricians, dentists and anesthesiologists including a simulation lab for surgical and postoperative care. the global mercy The ships of mercy will be allowed to more than double the number of people receiving hope and healing.

Why Africa? Mercy Ships focuses its mission on the medical needs found in sub-Saharan Africa where 93% of the population has no or no access to healthcare. With only two doctors per 10,000 people, many lack access to basic medical facilities, let alone safe surgical care. African heads of state have repeatedly called on Mercy Ships to their countries, not only to address the shortage of surgery but also to train healthcare professionals “in the country”.

The legacy donation of $50 million will be used by Harry and Linda Fatah as a similar challenge grant for a strategic investment in the future.

Through free life-saving surgeries, healthcare education and specialized training, the vision to transform lives by bringing hope and healing has guided the ships of mercy from the start.

the africa mercy®And current ship It attracts volunteers from more than 60 countries – with an average of more than 1,200 volunteers each year including surgeons, nurses, dentists, healthcare trainers, chefs, teachers, seafarers as well as many other professions. And with the advent of the newest ship, the global mercyVolunteers will be needed more than ever aboard the two hospital ships to bring hope and healing where it is needed most. Information about volunteering can be found at

About the ships of mercy

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to provide 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 Dion Stevens, Mercy Ships has operated in more than 55 developing countries, providing services valued at more than $1.7 billion and directly benefiting more than 2.8 million people. With 16 national offices and an Africa office, Mercy Ships strives to transform people and serve nations. For more information click on

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