October 2008: Theresa Poole was commissioned to assemble a group of nurses for a medical mission trip to Africa sponsored by Ten Talents Foundation.
February 2009: The official name, Nurses for Africa, and the distinctive stethoscope logo were created. Due to the number of nurses who volunteered, what began as a single mission with 4 nurses expanded into two teams of 8 nurses each. Gail Kimmle was charged with being the team leader for the 2nd team.
July 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.
Spring 2010: Nurses for Africa, the Documentary was filmed. Clips from the 2009 missions were incorporated into the documentary. The documentary was featured on our website and appeared on many cable TV networks across the US.
Summer 2010: Two teams again traveled to Zambia, focusing on conducting mobile medical clinics and home based care visits in the villages of Malikota and Susu.
2011: NFA began accepting applicants via the website and 4 teams of nurses from all over the United States were assembled for the 2011missions to Zambia, where they again served in Malikota and Susu along with two new communities, Malenga and Maranatha in northern Zambia.
2012: Over 40 nurses (4 teams) returned to the four Zambian communities where in addition to the highly successful mobile clinics, the nurses taught Female Health and Pre-natal classes, both of which were extremely well accepted.
2013: Five teams (45 nurses) returned to the original 4 villages plus we added one new village. Days for Girls sent a representative who taught local ladies how to sew the DFG kits.
2014: Plans are in the works to expand our outreach into Malawi.