In 2015, Consilium Marine & Safety AB entered partnership with the charitable organization Mercy Ships. The partnership is now further enhanced by Consilium’s choice to contribute with volunteers to Mercy Ships’ hospital ship Africa Mercy, to work onboard for one month’s time.
Mercy Ships owns and operate the world’s largest civilian hospital ship that offers free medical care and education to some of the world’s poorest countries. Mercy Ships started in 1978 and has since then helped over 2.5 million people in more than 70 countries. Every year, around 1000 volunteers contribute to Mercy Ships’ vital work, from surgeons and nurses, to ship personnel and administrative staff.
Consilium now contributes volunteers by letting one of their employees go to the hospital ship to help in Mercy Ships work. Consilium’s ambition is to continue to encourage their employees to go to Mercy Ships’ floating hospital as volunteers, to assist in the work they do on-site. Many of Consilium’s employees feel strongly about Mercy Ships’ cause, and some are contributing as volunteers with various administrative duties here at home.
Lena Cesarino, who is the first in line from Consilium to visit Africa Mercy as a volunteer, will arrive in Cameroon at the end of October, and will be onboard Africa Mercy for one month. Lena will be working as an “Operations Assistant”, meaning she will, among other things, assist in the dining room and the café in different ways, and some housekeeping duties. ”I have been interested in volunteering for quite some time, but it wasn’t until I came across Mercy Ships that I felt like I had found my perfect match. Their cause really struck my heart. I admire how they not only operate in the countries they visit, but how they also focus on educating local medical personnel, in order for them to take on the job”, Lena says.
“We are very proud of Lena Cesarino, who takes further steps and strengthens our partnership with Mercy Ships even more, which also takes our social responsibility to new levels. We hope that this will be the start of many more volunteers from Consilium onboard Mercy Ships”, says Nicklas Bergström, President at Consilium Marine & Safety.