Lydienne’s life stopped over a decade ago when she began to lose her sight because of cataracts in both of her eyes. She was only 55 years old.

First, she lost her job as a seamstress. Making beautiful dresses was something that filled Lydienne’s heart with joy and pride. Fear and sadness took their place.

Then, she lost her independence. Even short walks on the familiar streets of her neighbourhood that she’d known all her life became precarious. She could hear the familiar noises around her, but all she could see were clouded shadows and pinpricks of light.

Worst of all, she felt alone in a world of dark shadows. She was unable to see the precious faces of her children and her friends.

For 10 long years Lydienne struggled with near blindness, her life slowly coming to a grinding halt. And there was nothing she could do about it. She sank deeper and deeper into the darkness because she could not afford to have a simple eye surgery.

But with the help of caring friends like you, our amazing team of volunteer eye doctors and nurses onboard the Africa Mercy can help someone like Lydienne.

Will you send a special gift to Mercy Ships this Easter so we can lift the veil of darkness from the eyes of hundreds of blind patients?


In February Lydienne walked up the gangway of the Africa Mercy in Douala holding onto the arm of one of the nurses who led her to the eye surgery clinic.

A few days later our eye doctors removed the cataracts from her eyes. The next morning, Lydienne returned to the eye clinic to have her eye patches removed.

All it took to give Lydienne her sight was a cataract removal surgery that costs just £220. Isn’t this amazing? Not much is it? - Not for lifting the veil of blackness from someone’s eyes.

Hundreds of blind children and adults like Lydienne have struggled with darkness long enough. Let’s not make them wait any longer.


With your help we can restore their sight. Please give whatever you can. 

Easter is a time of hope and new beginnings for so many of us. Thank you for making this Easter a special time too for hundreds of people who desperately need urgent medical care.