Today, the Rees-Jones Foundation celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its first grant. On December 20, 2006, a grant in the amount of $1 Million was made to Mercy Ships to support the operations of the Africa Mercy hospital ship which provides critical surgery and healthcare to impoverished African children and adults. As a means of marking this special date, a $10 Million gift has been paid to Mercy Ships. This time, however, the contribution is made in support of the capital campaign to build a brand new hospital ship, the Atlantic Mercy. When the ship is completed, it will work concurrently with the Africa Mercy to more than double the number of surgeries provided and improve healthcare conditions in the African countries served.
The Rees-Jones Foundation also celebrates today by reflecting back on the $300 Million of grants made to the more than 447 grantees over the last 10 years to help improve lives of children and families in our community and internationally. We are grateful to the organizations who are on the ground doing this work directly, and we are humbled to partner with so many people of good will and vision for God’s Kingdom to be lived out in the world.