Volunteer has different destination
Janine Boyes usually lives on a hospital ship in West Africa.
Three years after she left Matamata to volunteer her administration skills with Mercy Ships, she is ready for a new challenge.
As Mercy Ships prepares for the charity’s first field service in Central Africa, Janine departs for the Republic of Congo (ROC)* for 10 weeks working with the advance team already in place before the vessel’s August arrival.
Janine will help set up systems and processes in conjunction with and at the request of government ministers and local leaders, to provide desperately needed health care services and training.
‘‘I’ve been so involved in preparing for the advance trip for quite a while; my departure at the end of May will be here before I know it,’’ she said.
The Africa Mercy will dock in Pointe Noire on the north side of the Congo River for 10 months, helping alleviate the country’s health care issues, arising from extreme poverty.
‘‘ The ROC is a new country for Mercy Ships so we are somewhat going into the unknown,’’ Janine said.
Some of the advance team are already there, preparing for the ship’s arrival including setting up venues for a big screening day and also for some of the off-ship dental and ophthalmic programmes.
Janine leads a small team that will hire 200 local people to help during the 10-month field service.
‘‘ They will help us in many areas including translating from local languages and French to English, escorting patients from one locality to another, and
New mission: As Mercy Ships prepares for the charity’s first field service in Central Africa, Janine Boyes of Matamata departs for the Republic of Congo for 10 weeks.