YWAM (pronounced: why-wham) is a non-denominational Christian youth organisation operating in many diverse cultures and nations around the world. We are committed to training and facilitating community projects and programs that meet the practical, spiritual and physical needs of people in the communities we serve. YWAM conducts more than 800 courses and seminars in centres around the world to enable young leaders and volunteers to serve in this way.
YWAM is a not-for-profit charitable volunteer organisation that currently operates in over 1000 locations and 150 countries, with over 16,000 staff. We have a decentralized structure which encourages individual centres to adapt to meet the needs of the communities served; we also value operating with respect working collaboratively and cooperatively to form strategic partnerships.
Within YWAM we believe in the value of the individual and their right to quality of life—our motivation is to ensure that every person has the opportunity to live a fulfilling life.
* We want to actively help provide every individual with
* access to good health care,
* food, drinking water and shelter,
* opportunity for education,
* expression of culture, arts and entertainment,
* healthy relationships,
* exposure to Christian faith and values,
* fair and productive government, and opportunity to work and develop.
YWAM has operated ships in the Pacific nations since 1991. These ships have called on 160 ports in 16 nations, including hundreds of island visits, establishing a long-standing reputation of excellence, integrity and results. Over this time we have provided over $37.5 million worth of free services to over 300,000 people.
These have included
* optometry to more than 80,000 people,
* dentistry—50,000 procedures to 37,000 people,
* primary health care to more than 70,000 people, and
* 37 housing projects
In 2010 the YWAM Medical Ship came under the management of YWAM Australia and will be based in Townsville, North Queensland.
We have a commitment to a 5 year strategic plan for YWAM Medical Ships to provide health care services in Papua New Guinea and to provide opportunities for young Australians to serve others.
* To provide sustainable community development with a focus on medical care in PNG
* To improve ties between PNG and Australia
* To provide training opportunities for youth volunteers and professionals to the benefit of the wider community
* To benefit the North Queensland community through having the ship based in Townsville
* To help young people gain a sense of purpose through helping others