- Medical Mission: Honduras 2016Hi Kim,I just returned last night from the Operation Rainbow Comayagua, Honduras mission. Everyone LOVED the caps & asked me to thank you so much for providing them! It was a great mission; we performed ortho surgeries on 50 kids who would have otherwise had no hope whatsoever for surgery. I’m sending along pics of us wearing the caps Thank you so much for your generosity & support of our group!Hugs,
- Medical Mission: Dominican Republic May 2016CURE hospitals are orthopedic pediatric hospitals built to care for the children in need. 97% of the donations go directly to the children. People can volunteer and/or donate to CURE hospitals all over the world.Dr Bob teaches pediatric hand surgery tolocal surgeons in the Dominican Republic.Dr Bob likes to blend in sporting his girly KimKap. He keeps up the happy spirit and wears his KimKap all week. Does he wear his KimKap when he returns to the USA?This is Sair, he was born with bilateral club hands (complete absence of his radius in both arms). 5 months ago a Missions Doctor performed surgery to straighten his left wrist called: centralization of the ulna. It is now time for Sair to wear a splint to help his wrist heal straighter, and we were able to make him a wrist splint.As you can see Sair is checking out his new splint that he will need to wear until he grows out of it. It is too soon for the missions doctor on this trip to perform the same surgery on his right wrist, so for now Sair will just have to keep on playing!He was quite the active player and he won over many hearts!Jasmerlyn has constriction band syndrome which is affecting both hands. Anular bands from the amnionic sac are encircling the digits and hands, making her hands non-functional.Dr.Bob performed a surgery to separate the digits of her left hand in 2015, 1 year later you can see how functional her left hand is. She can pick up toys, play and feed herself.She is doing therapy with her mother , we are trying to get Jasmerlyn to use her new “index” finger. She is going to have the same digital separation surgery for her right hand on this trip. Her mother is very happy, she remembers all of the team members and is so grateful!Lian Jose is only 3 months old, he has arthrogryposis-this is caused by decreased fetal movement in the womb during development. Extra tissue develops around the joints and the joints get stiff. For now Lian requires stretching splints while he grows and therapy. When he is older he can be evaluated for a surgery that can improve his function.This is the interpreter that is needed in a Spanish community, the 2 therapists who worked with Lian and 2 happy parents in the center. All of the parents are appreciative of the care they receive at the CURE hospitals.Julila has the bag of donated KimKaps to pass out to the Dominican OR staff. This is the 3rd year our team came to CURE to pass out these wonderful caps. The OR staff remembers us!They can’t get the old mop type of cap off quick enoughIt is a very exciting and colorful day!For more information on how you can receive a donation of KimKaps to take along with you on an upcoming Medical Mission, email email@example.com
- Days for Girls
“What if not having sanitary supplies meant DAYS without school? Days of isolation? Girls…miss up to 2 months of education and opportunity every year. It turns out this issue is a surprising but instrumental key to social change for women all over the world.”
KimKaps is proud to announce our involvement with the Days for Girls organization. Serving as the Co-leader for her local chapter, Kim is working diligently with other volunteers preparing these Feminine Hygiene Kits for distribution in Haiti. Along with bolts of textiles, each remaining piece of fabric from every Kap will go towards making these life-changing kits.
Learn more HERE.
When you use our custom cap option and send in your own fabric for one-of-a-kind scrub caps, you can choose to have your remaining fabric returned to you or donate it to be used in these kits. Find more info on our custom cap option HERE.
- Medical Mission: KenyaI’m in my 2nd year of residency training to become a pediatrician. During my residency training, I developed a strong interest in maternal and newborn health and became trained in a program called Helping Babies Breathe. This program trains health care providers to provide resuscitation to newborns in resource-limited settings. The program has a train-the-trainer model, intended to promote sustainability in developing countries.Project Humanity is a non-profit NGO that has been working on Rusinga Island, Kenya for the past few years. The leader of their medical team is Kay, a registered nurse. Kay has trained many local providers in Helping Babies Breathe over the years. I had the opportunity to join her and others from Project Humanity for their most recent trip in March 2016. My role was to train more providers and to observe how the training was being implemented in one of the nearby hospitals, Mbita Hospital.Thanks to KimKaps, we were able to deliver 9 surgical caps to the women working in the Labor & Delivery Suite at Mbita Hospital. They had never worn or used surgical caps before so this turned into a great opportunity to teach about the importance of cleanliness in the hospital setting!One surgical cap was donated to the sole medical director of a clinic on Rusinga Island called Kamasengre Clinic. This is 1 of 3 clinics intended to serve a population of an estimated 4,000-5,000 people! She was so happy and appreciative of the donation.Thank you KimKaps for being so generous!!
- Anatomy of a KimKapHave you ever been curious about the anatomy of a KimKap,or how a KimKap is made?Each and every Kap is made with love and attention to detail.Our high-quality fabrics are personally selected by Kim herself, one of her favorite parts about creating such cute Kaps!Decisions are made, including what styles to offer each particular print and if an adorable coordinating band would be complimentary to that pattern.The fabrics are then laid out and cut with care into the styles they will become before they head to the sewing room where they are stitched with love by our talented seamstresses.Will they get a toggle closure or adorable fabric ties?Maybe a set of fabulous ribbons and a pony-pouch?A KimKaps tag is the final step and the Kaps are now ready for inspection before being packaged and added to the shelves where they wait in excited anticipation to be purchased and shipped directly to you, our incredible KimKappers!To learn more about each of our unique styles, see the photos below or click on the pictures in our right sidebar.You can also email any questions to us firstname.lastname@example.org
- Medical Mission: Dominican Republic Feb 2016I had the opportunity to join “Meeting God in Missions” in January, 2016 for a week trip to Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic. It was a large group with many different ministry teams. I was able to work the medical team, which consisted of 4 providers, several nurses, and various other helpers.Our team held medical clinics in several different sugar cane villages throughout the week. These are villages comprised of the workers and families who work the sugar cane fields. It is not a particularly well-paying job. Many of the workers are actually Haitian who have crossed the border illegally, and have no regular access to healthcare.You never know quite what you’re going to get in these types of clinics. We saw everything from hypertension, diabetes, urinary tract infections, colds, abscesses, and wounds to lice, joint problems, dehydration and stomach parasites. All told, we saw over 200 patients of varying ages that week.Kim’s Kaps graciously donated a number of beautiful caps that came in handy. One of our providers specialized in sports medicine and joints, a big blessing since joint pain is a big complaint for the sugar cane workers. He administered many injections in various joints, and the caps helped keep things a little bit cleaner, as well as kept the sweat out of his eyes.Another of our providers also ended up needing to debride a wound, and the caps were helpful in keeping things as clean as possible in an open-air setting. Thank you so much Kim’s Kaps for your part in our trip!
- Medical Mission: Peru December 2015My two weeks in Northern Peru with Global Health Volunteers were a wonderful experience. Our team was made up of 40 volunteers, including surgical staff, translators, pharmacy techs, and warehouse supply and support teams.We used the local hospital’s OR and worked long, hard hours to treat patients that otherwise could not afford treatment.We had three surgical team; a gynecology team, general team, and plastic surgery team and in total, completed 118 surgeries !Our clinical team was also able to treat over 700 patients, so nearly 900 patients were seen and treated, free of charge!The hats donated by KimKaps were a huge hit – they were gone within a minute of offering them to the group! We had so much fun together and it was a wonderful experience. Thank you so much for your contribution – sharing fun surgical caps is a great way to make friends!
- Medical Mission: Guatemala November 2015
- Medical Mission: Colombia 2015
Thank you so much for your donation of Kaps. I shared the 10 cute caps, plus 4 of my own KimKaps, with the nurses in the Burn ICU at Hospitál Simón Bolívar in Bogotá, Colombia. I went to this unit for the second time with Physicians for Peace. Our goal over the week was to help empower the multidisciplinary burn team to communicate and work as an effective team. These nurses work so hard. Last year they loved the KimKaps I wore (which I left there for them), so I’m really glad this year I was able to bring some more for them. They look so cute!
Thank you, Zoe, for your hard work and dedication to the people of Colombia, we know your efforts make a big difference in their lives and we are grateful to play a small role in that.
If you would like information on how you can receive a donation of Kaps for an upcoming Medical Mission, email email@example.com with your shipping address and let us know where/when you’re going.
- Medical Mission: Peru October 2015
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