It has been a huge privilege for me to be team leader for this group of nurses. They were hard-working, compassionate and just plain, amazing! Seeing each of them experience Zambia and Malenga blesses my life. This is truly what Nurses for Africa is all about.
Gail Kimmle – team leader – Mascoutah, Il

“I felt that this trip was amazing, mostly because of all of the people I met.  I can’t stop thinking of how giving every single person I met was.  I am shown over and over again, that a lot of times, those with the least always seem to give the most, despite their situation…Every one of you taught me something, and I know every person there and here will take back something from this, and apply it to their own lives, which will affect many more around them.”
Alexandra – New Mexico

“When people ask me how the trip was, I don’t even know what to say.  I can’t adequately put it into words for a conversation, much less one paragraph.  But there are a few experiences in life that let a person know it’s not all about them.  Some things make me remember that I have something in common with everyone – regardless of geography, race, religion, or language- and that common ground is that we are human.  It’s simple, but easily forgotten…We all just want to have our basic needs met, we want our loved ones to be safe and happy, and we want to know someone cares about us…I will try to always do what the careworker, Gina requested: “Remember that we are here and that our work is very hard every day.  Remember our families and our children.  Keep our face in your mind, and our names in your heart and in your prayers.”
Deborah – North Carolina

“…This was an experience that you simply can’t ready yourself for.  You can’t prepare for how much your heart will open up, break, and feel so full- all at the same time.  You can’t prepare to see how these villagers live and most certainly can’t prepare for how wide and genuine their smiles are.  You can’t prepare yourself for the bonds you will form with your fellow nurses on the trip and with the Hands at Work volunteers.  That each of these impacts on you will endure forever and you will feel all these fingerprints on your soul is something you can’t understand until it happens to you.  My life changed the second I read the email that I would be going to Africa and continues to change every day, even now that I’m home, because of this amazing experience.  I am so thankful that I was part of Team Chibuli!”
Emily – North Carolina

“…I originally wanted to do some type of mission trip in hopes to gain nursing experience, but in fact I gained appreciation to the simple things I have taken for granted.  It took a small village (Chibuli) in Zambia with orphaned children smiling and eager to shake my hand, single mothers trying to support their family with food, a young new mother walking for miles after delivering birth to her newborn, etc. to show me that even during the struggle of trying to survive, they are still hopeful on the task of helping each other out.  I have the utmost respect for these caregivers for not only maintaining their own struggles daily, but also walking miles to ensure their neighboring fellows get provided help in theirs.  It was a blessing to be part of this group and to work with this community.  The hardest part is not seeing and meeting the Zambian people but coming home and adjusting to your own personal reality.  All I can say is thank you for choosing me as a candidate for the Nurses for Africa 2016, I am greatly honored.”
Maryam – California

“…Not a day went by in Africa that I was not happy.  Everyday we had the opportunity to meet new people and learn from them.  Again, I was amazed that those who have so little can be some of the happiest people I have ever met…Without a doubt, I know I will return and now I feel as if a bigger piece of my heart was left there.  I found this quote last year and it still held true again this time.  ‘I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.’ – Ernest Hemingway
Meaghan – Missouri

“…Lending a hand in Africa is something I’ve always wanted to do.  When I became a nurse, it was clear that nursing was how I would make my time there worthwhile.  I’ve read and researched everything I could fin and yet, it was nothing like I imagined…Their grand gestures of friendship and humanity may come in seemingly small packages, but to me it meant the world.  Every time a child held my hand or an adult began to sing or dance, my heart was so filled with a happiness that is so different than I was used to…I heard the rumors that people’s lives are changed by doing these medical mission trips.  Before I left, I presume those lives would consist mostly of those people we traveled so far to help.  I never realized how this would impact my own life.  I have gained a new appreciation for the “luck” I had in being born where I was and having anything I need at my fingertips; that is definitely not a privilege awarded to everyone.  I have been reminded that I don’t need so many “things” to be happy and that happiness is created by the attitude you choose for yourself.  My problems no longer seem so grand, considering I always have clean water, a roof over my head, food to eat and access to any kind of healthcare I could need.”
Sam – Iowa

“…Although I am overwhelmed at the lack of resources and despair, I am comforted in knowing that what I’ve done may seem small but has made a lasting impact…I walk away with new friends from the US and Zambia, and more memories than a digital camera could ever capture.”
Tiffany – Louisiana