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BC: ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25: 37-40 (New International Version)

FC: The First Five Years.....

1: Nurses for Africa empowers nurses to use their God given talents and skills to bring hope to the people of Africa who have limited access to medical services or resources to pay for medical care by providing compassionate nursing care, medications and medical supplies. | Nurses for Africa Mission Statement

2: In 2006, I visited Africa for the first time and it changed my perspective on life forever. I was awakened to the fact that many people in Africa live everyday of their lives in conditions that we would consider intolerable even for 24 hours. I saw children who had only ragged clothing and no shoes with dirty faces and dusty feet. I met mothers who had absolutely nothing to feed their children that day. But I also observed the most amazing phenomenon! These people who had nothing were still joyful and thankful. They did not complain...they did not give up. The children were happy and playful. Smiles were abundant even in the midst of extreme deprivation. How could I come back to my comfortable life and ever complain about anything again? Through a string of events driven by some good people with generous hearts, I was able to return to Africa in 2009 with a newly formed organization-Nurses for Africa. Each year, our organization has grown and we have developed a program focused on serving the most vulnerable children and providing compassionate nursing care to those who are ill and have no access to medical care or the resources to pay for it. | Theresa Poole Founder/Director

3: From that first mission trip until now 5 years later, it has been astonishing how so many nurses from all over the US and Canada, from all areas of nursing expertise want to be a part of this experience. As important as our work in Africa may be, the work that God does in the heart of each nurse who participates in a Nurses for Africa medical mission is equally significant. I am excited each year to welcome a new group of team members and watch how 10 days in Africa changes them forever. As we serve the poorest of the poor, our desire is to improve the quality of their lives through our nursing care but to also give them hope and the assurance that their life means something. I am so thankful to have the wonderful privilege to lead this organization, to have met hundreds of skilled, and caring nurses, and to see their lives so positively affected by their decision to serve others. Theresa Poole Founder/ Director Nurses for Africa "There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up!"~ John Holmes

4: 2009 | Two teams traveled to Zambia, Africa and began a partnership with Hands at Work, an NGO based in South Africa. The missions focused on visiting several schools to provide de-worming programs, teach oral hygiene, and give classes on self esteem. School supplies along with dental hygiene items were given to every child. At the school in Malikota, a bush village 2 hours north of Kabwe, the nurses encountered a great many of the children’s parents and grandparents who had medical needs. They quickly revamped their itinerary and planned a mobile clinic for later in the week. The overwhelming response by the villagers to that mobile clinic shaped the future missions of Nurses for Africa. Videographers accompanied both teams to record their activities. | Kristin and Peter | Russell with villager

5: The footage filmed that year was used in our documentary. You can see the documentary on our website: nursesforafrica.net

6: NFA had been asked to purchase blackboards for several of the schools that we visited. The blackboards were built in Zambia and each team delivered one or two new blackboards to each of the schools. NFA also help sponsor an orphan feeding program in Susu. The program fed 22 children the first year and now feeds nearly 100 orphans | Susu school

7: The first clinics were held outside in Susu and Malikota

8: In 2010, two teams of nurses from Rosewood Care Centers returned to Zambia. The Lion's Club donated 1000 pairs of eyeglasses to use in the clinics. Soles4Souls donated 250 pairs of shoes The teams visited the bush villages of Susu and Malikota for the entire week. Teams often walked 7-10 miles to see the villagers in their homes or huts.

9: Home Visits | One bike for all the children | New shoes | 2010

10: When the first 2010 team arrived at the Diakonia Lodge, Theresa fell, breaking her shoulder. She spent the rest of the week in the Kabwe and Lusaka hospitals until she was transported home. Russell became the team leader. | The team was able to complete its mission as planned. | Team Malikota 2010

12: Team Susu 2010 | The Susu team served lunch to the orphaned children of Susu. This was a special thrill since Nurses for Africa help sponsor this program. It was exciting to see it in action and be allowed to serve the children. The meal of nshima, rape and beans is often the only meal the children will receive that day.

13: De-worming medication was given to each child and adult at clinic. The teams spend evenings organizing donations and counting medications for clinic. The team had a foot washing ceremony for the care workers, on Care Workers Appreciation Day. Each Care worker received a new pair of shoes. | Pharmacy | Gina giving de-worming medication | T E A M S U S U | Foot Washing Ceremony

14: 2011 brought major changes to NFA. There were four teams going this year, two from Rosewood and two "web teams". The Nurses for Africa Documentary was being televised on cable channels! Two former team members, Robin and Russell became the team leaders for the Rosewood teams and Theresa and Gail led the web teams. These two web teams would be traveling to the Copperbelt region of Zambia to work in two new villages Mulenga and Maranatha. The teams took eyeglasses and shoes along with donations of clothing, school supplies, Care Worker appreciation gifts and Kid's Day prizes. This year the teams took seeds donated by Hope Seeds. Hope Seeds, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission of providing quality garden seed to the hungry and hurting of our world. “I have given you every plant with seeds on the face of the earth and every tree that has fruit with seeds. This will be your food.” Genesis 1:29 | 2011

15: Team Malikota | Team Susu | Team Maranatha | Team Mulenga

16: Team Malikota, consisting of Rosewood nurses, held medical clinics and made home visits. Russell, the team leader, was well known and respected in the community. The team took Hope Seeds and bought hoes and shovels for the villagers to plant the seeds. | The Team held a Care Worker Appreciation day to thank the Care Workers for all their help during the week. | Team Malikota 2011

17: When Team Susu returned to the village, they found that the school building was nearly complete! | Clinic was held in the school and church buildings of Susu. | Team Susu 2011

18: 2011 was the first year that NFA visited Maranatha. Maranatha is close to the DRC border in Northern Zambia. The village has terrible poverty with the kids wearing ill fitting and torn clothing, but their love and joy was amazing to see! | Team Maranatha 2011

19: Mulenga is an urban slum of about 30,000 people. 75% of the villagers are children with one or no parents. This team stayed overnight in the homes of the villagers of Mulenga. An amazing experience that gave each team member a true glimpse into the villager's lives. The presidential election was held, creating some unrest in Zambia. There were riots in Mulenga - three people were killed there. However as soon as the election results were tallied and the new President took office, the unrest was over. The team was always safe and were able to complete the mission with no problems. | Team Mulenga 2011 | Claudia & Peggy

20: Team Susu | Team Malikota | Team Mulenga | Team Maranatha

21: 2012 was also a year of changes for Nurses for Africa. All of the team members were chosen from applications received on the website. Valerie would be a new team leader this year and lead her team to Susu. A doctor joined the Susu team. Two organizations, Dress a Girl Around the World and Little Dresses for Africa were donating pillowcase dresses and boy's shorts for each team to take with them. Nurses for Africa became partners with an organization named Days for Girls. Days for Girls provide sustainable feminine hygiene kits for the ladies. The teams added female health programs for the young ladies and prenatal classes for the pregnant villagers. The teams also took Lifesaver Kits developed by a young lady named Emily Loogman from California. These kits provide basic supplies for first aid for the Care Workers. This program would also include education on the contents of the kits. Miss Emily joined Team Malikota to help distribute her kits! New Eyes for the Needy donated eyeglasses for our clinics. The teams wore navy blue scrubs for clinic this year. | 2012

22: Team Susu - The Days for Girls class. Nicole washed dishes on home visits | The team with new chatangas. Dr. Jones examined a child at clinic in Susu. | T e a m S u s u 2 0 1 2

23: Team Malikota 2012 | Harriett & Russell | Emily

24: Team Mulenga 2012 | Pillowcase dress and face painting | Stephanie & Tasha | Giggles during female health class | Kristin at clinic

25: Team Maranatha 2012 | Teaching Female Health and Prenatal classes | Camisha examines a child at clinic. When Camisha returned to the US, she raised over $5000 to finish the Maranatha Community School! Thank you Camisha!

26: 2013 | Another exciting year - we took five teams of nurses to Zambia this year. There were several last minute changes. Russell was injured in a motorcycle accident and was not able to serve as a team leader. Val agreed to lead his team less than six weeks before the team left. Kristin became the team leader of Val's old team and Nicole was a new team leader for Susu. Gail took a team to a new village - Chibote. Dr. Sam from Days for Girls accompanied Team Maranatha to teach classes. | Team Malikota | Team Chibote

27: Team Maranatha | Team Susu | Team Mulenga

28: Team Susu 2013 | Brittany | Nicole and friends

29: Team Chibote 2013 | Gail & Peggy | New Pillowcase dresses | New fetal doppler

30: Counting Medications | Taren and Tarisha on home visits. | Team Malikota 2013

31: Kristin's team was the smallest but they did mighty work! | Kristin & John | Kristin & Laura tending to Joyce | Team Mulenga 2013

32: Team Maranatha 2013 | Lisa & friends | Dr Sam & DFG Class | Dr. Sam and Deborah

33: Our Team Leaders | It has been my privilege to be the Assistant Director of Nurses for Africa for the past five years. It is amazing that Nurses for Africa started out as two teams of nurses from Rosewood and has grown into five teams of nurses from around the US and Canada. I love going to Africa. meeting the Zambian people and being allowed to know them. It is such a humbling experience - there are no words to describe it. The most amazing moment for me was in Mulenga, when the normally stoic Care Workers cried, thanking us for teaching their daughters about their own bodies - something these wonderful, faithful women could not do themselves. It tore at my heart - to imagine such thanks for such a simple thing. I also love seeing how the nurses are changed by their experiences. I LOVE it when the light goes on and they "get it"- that God is working through us for His master plan. And I love how God has blessed us in this mission - He leads us through it all, allowing us to be His servants among these wonderful, faithful people. Gail Kimmle Assistant Director | I will not forget you..... I have held you in the palm of my hand. Isaiah 49 :15-16 | G a i l K i m m l e

34: I have been fortunate enough to have traveled to Zambia with NFA for four years in a row. I was on the very first team to go to Zambia in July of 2009 and it was an experience that I will carry with me and cherish for the rest of my life. I was introduced to some of the poorest people on the earth who were in desperate need of medical care, food and clothing (among other things). It was shocking to me to witness firsthand the level of poverty that existed in the village, Malikota, that I visited. As a nurse I have been trained to help others and as a man I have within me a spiritual desire to help those who are less fortunate than myself. I thought I was meeting my responsibility as a child of God in helping others until I met the villagers of Malikota. They opened my eyes and allowed me to realize that there is a lot of work to be done in the area of helping those living in poverty. While in Zambia that first year, our team was able to provide some much needed medical care to several hundred people but I just felt that there was much more that we could do for them. That first trip had such an impact on me that I applied to go again and subsequently went on three more trips. I am and will always be grateful to NFA for providing me with that unique opportunity to serve the village of Malikota, Zambia Africa. Russell J Smith | Russell Smith

35: I am proud to have been a part of NFA. It has allowed me the opportunity to meet some fantastic nurses and help some wonderful people. It has affirmed my decision to be a nurse and to continue to be the change I would like to see in the world. Robin Roberson | Robin Roberson

36: NFA has changed me in many ways. Traveling to Zambia and meeting the villagers,orphans, and careworkers leaves a special place in your heart and stir the desire to return. In Zambia you see what is really important in life. Family and faith. You can actually feel the Lord at work in the love the villagers have for one another. The entire experience teaches you to just let go, that there is no need in stressing too much, God really is in control. From worshipping with the villagers to preparing for clinic days you feel His hand leading and protecting. Hakuna Matata! Valerie Garner | Valerie Garner

37: I have had the privilege of going with NFA to Zambia in 2012 and 2013. Both times I went to village of Susu. My first year as I was preparing for my trip I knew I just wanted to jump in and serve and do whatever needed to be done. I was there to help the village of Susu, but little did I know that Susu was going to change me. This trip wasn't supposed to be about changing me it was about helping Susu. I went to Susu feeling like I needed to bring them all of this stuff because they had nothing. Once I got there I realized they have everything and I am the one with nothing. Susu taught me what true contentment meant, Susu taught me how to be happy with less and not want more. The joy and smiles on their faces, the touch of a warm hug, and building lasting friendships is what has made a special place in my heart for Susu. In 2013 as the leader of team Susu God even had more for me to learn. When I thought I was in control God showed me I wasn't he was. I learned how God's plan is bigger and better then my plan. When you are in Zambia you are on "Zambia time" and have to able to adapt to the challenges and change of plans that can come at any time. Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Nicole Sowers | Nicole Sowers

38: Nurses for Africa has changed my life by allowing me to step into a world based more on the simplistic aspects of life. The pure laughter heard from playing children; the genuine joy that they drive from seeing that someone cares; or the ecstasy of singing without the accompaniment of any music and it sounding so perfect that it makes you wonder if this is what heaven sounds like. I have been changed to see that the greatest piece of modern technology or the best of comforts are not the most valuable things. It is rather the bliss that comes from discovering that true life is found in the simple things all around us. Kristin Prince | Kristin Prince

39: Hands at Work MIssion Statement We are a Christian non-profit organization working in vulnerable communities across sub-Saharan Africa where HIV/AIDS, poverty and numbers of orphans are highest and support structures are very low. We help the local church in those communities to effectively care for the orphaned and vulnerable. Our ministry is to all those in need, regardless of race, class or religion | Hands at Work, an NGO in Africa makes our trips possible. They make the arrangements for our lodging, transportation, and whatever is needed when we arrive in Africa. They provide our hosts who stay with the team for the entire trip, assisting us in every aspect. Jayme and Robyn have been our hosts for the last 5 years - working beside us, counting medications, giving de-worming medications and guiding us through our time in Africa. | Jayme | Robyn & Sol

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