Welcome to my blog!
I'm a 30-something adventure seeker who achieved the "American Dream" at age 25 and found it's not all it's cracked up to be. After surviving but not thriving several years in corporate America, I left the comforts of life in America I joined the Peace Corps and moved to Benin, West Africa, where I lived in a small village, hauled my water from an open well, had sporadic power, intestinal parasites and very large bugs... and loved it.
The Africa Mercy - the worlds largest non-governmental hospital ship - was docked in Benin at the same time I was serving there. I got connected with some crewmembers and was able to visit in Togo for a week in 2010 - and I was hooked. I returned to the Africa Mercy in Sierra Leone for three months at the end of 2011, after my Peace Corps assignment was complete.
Three months was not enough. Now, I'm back TGS - which is a crew acronym which means Till God Says. This is where I belong, I'm so honored to serve here, I love my work and I love the community. I'm the Medical Capacity Building Manager on board, overseeing our medical education program, as well as partnerships with national and international organizations and government.
Stay tuned to this blog for more information, personal stories, patient stories, and donation updates. I'd love to hear from you, email me at krissyonmercy at gmail dot com.