CURE International’s mission is to transform the lives of disabled children in developing countries through medical and spiritual healing by performing orthopedic surgeries. In January 2019, Awesome Humans Patty and Chandler joined them, along with several sets of FIGS, in Kenya.
We spoke with Patty to get more details on their trip.
WHAT WAS THE MAIN GOAL OF THE MISSION?
To serve as volunteer nurses for CURE International by working in pre-op and post-op settings and as circulating nurses in the OR.
WHERE DID YOU TRAVEL?
Kijabe, Kenya which is approximately one hour from Nairobi.
WHAT WORK DID THE TEAM DO DURING THE MISSION?
We worked in a specialized pediatric orthopedic hospital for children with disabilities which offers surgical services with conditions such as hip dysplasia, clubfoot, osteomyelitis and more.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR OVERALL EXPERIENCE ON THIS TRIP.
It was absolutely life-changing. It taught us that although cultures and medical systems work differently around the world — nursing is about love and healing at its core and this transcends all barriers.
HOW DID FIGS HELP YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY?
FIGS supplied over 70 scrubs to the nursing staff of CURE, which over the past 3 years had been in the process of revamping their uniforms. The timing was perfect, and now the staff adores their new color of purple scrubs — which they pointed out is the color of royalty. They looked like royals indeed!
When we started FIGS, we created our Threads for Threads initiative to donate scrubs to healthcare professionals who work in resource-poor countries and lack the proper uniforms to do their jobs safely. By providing clean scrubs to these individuals, we aim to empower them and improve the quality of care they provide. We also partner with amazing organizations and Awesome Humans who help us deliver the scrubs — as well as donate their time, expertise, and care.