Nallie Brumskine Moore
Founder and CEO.
DGF Founder Nallie Brumskine Moore is a practicing nurse whose personal experiences of struggle while growing up in the war-torn nation of Liberia was translated into a vision with passion to help improve the health care of people in desperate living conditions.
At the young age of six, she was taken from her mother who was overburdened with providing for several children with little means. She was enrolled at a boarding school on the outskirts of Monrovia, and given to the guardianship of a Christian missionary named Josephine Q. Minter who provided her needs and mentored her in the ways of Christian values and moral uprightness.
Nallie’s struggles began at the age of nine when Ms. Minter returned home to the United States after ending her mission to Liberia. At a tender age, with no support, young Nallie was obliged to work as a campus hand in the school kitchen, cleaning bathrooms, and dormitories in order to continue her education under an earned scholarship arrangement.
She often recalls sad moments during the summer, when all of her schoolmates departed for fun filled months with their parents and family while she was left on campus to work and prepare the facility for the next school year. The school campus was located away from the city and therefore lacked pipe born water supply. Hence, her daily chores included the filling a thirty gallon barrel with water by carrying one bucket at a time on her head before having a meal which she would prepare herself. Her friends would return to tell her stories about their many great experiences during the vacation period while she remained behind performing various forms of manual labor to earn her education. This experience continued through her matriculation to high school. Shortly after enrollment, she was able to regain contact with her mother who had been trying to locate her for several years.
On December 24, 1989 civil war broke out in Liberia. Schools were shut down and Nallie had to immediately return home with her mother who then lived in an unfinished building with the rest of her siblings. Her mother had to joggle between several odd jobs to put food on the table for her children.
Nallie holds tremendous admiration for her mother who never gave up in her quest to keep her children alive under tough circumstances. There were many occasions when she or her siblings fell ill without any means to afford hospital or medication costs. In these tough times she recalls painstaking moments when her mother would venture into the bushes and the woods seeking leaves and herbs to treat their ailments and keep them alive. This extraordinary example of courage by her mother triggered a deep desire in the heart of young Nallie to one day make a difference through the delivery of good health care to the needy.
Her experiences during the Liberian war are filled with horrific memories of physical and emotional pain including hunger, sickness and fear. She holds fresh memories of traumatizing moments when she and her siblings would huddle together at the live sound, of missiles, rockets and random bullets, flying over their home and neighborhood.
The devastation of the war claimed the lives of many including her beloved mother who met an early death due to sudden illness which could be easily prevented with the availability of basic medical and nutritional services. Years of destruction and poverty has triggered a health crisis in Liberia with a rise of many preventable diseases including High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, HIV-AIDS, malaria, etc.
With the help of family and friends, Nallie escaped the war and immigrated to the United States in 1999. Nallie remained true to her passion for health care and saving lives as she worked full time to support herself successfully through nursing school.
Her passionate approach to the practice of nursing have left a positive impression upon many of her clients and associates who encouraged her to pursue her dreams of health care delivery on a larger scale in Liberia.
Throughout her years in the U.S. Nallie has remembered the plight of those she left behind in Liberia by sending her personal funds to purchase food, medication, and also cover the payment of hospital bills for people in the poverty stricken communities of Liberia.
In July 2010, with the support of friends and professional associates, she launched the Delivering Good Health Community Organization, Inc. (DGH). The organization is currently in the process of establishing a clinic in Monrovia in honor of Mary B. Casper, a special friend and mentor of Nallie, who she credits for nurturing her dreams in the U.S. Nallie’s motto remains, “If I can help somebody as I pass this way, then my living will not be in vain.