Bundles 4 Babies

My name is Katherine Haver. In summer 2016 I went on a mission trip with my mom to the Dominican Republic with the Hispaniola Medical Charity. It was a medical mission trip and we went to a small city on the northern coast named Puerto Plata. We worked at a small public hospital.  
     I learned many things. I learned that hospitals here in the United States have very different standards than those in coutries like the Dominican Republic. The conditions there were overwhelmingly unsanitary, the operating room was the only place with air conditoning, and things like electricity or food or even linens were rarely available.
     What broke my heart the most were the babies.  As we were working in the labor and delivery area of the hospital, I saw pregnant mothers laying on beds awaiting the delivery of their babies, sweating, and sometimes crying in pain, and the occasional mosqito net sheltered them.  When the babies were born, they were given one little baby outfit, brought by the family.  After this they were given to the mothers and basically told to leave. These condidtions were not at the fault of anyone in the hospital. The workers there were aware that the conditions were bad, they simply didn't have enough money or resources to fix it.  I left my mission trip experience wanting to find a way to help these people, even if my contribution was small.  
     I noticed that the mothers in the US go home with one million paphlets and TONS of supplies to help them during the newborn period.  I decided to that this problem was something that I could do something about.
    My plan is to create "Baby Bundles" for newborn babies and their mothers.  Each bundle will contain newborn supplies and basic information in Spanish with information on neonatal fevers, breast feeding, care of the umbilical cord, etc..., as this is information that mothers there do not get. The kit will contain disposable diapers, baby wash, petroleum jelly, , a baby thermometer, baby socks and washcloths.  I have priced the items and each kit will be approximately $15 each.  
    We returned and had a great success, the look on these amazing mothers  faces was so overwhelming! I am carrying this on into 2019 and I hope and many years to come. What I have learned form this is that there is so much good in this world, we just have to open our eyes and look around a bit, I have never met more deserving and thankful individuals. Any donation, no matter how small, is welcomed.
Thank you so much!

Katherine Haver

Donations (0)

  • Mary Ellen Brook 
    • $100 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 8 mos
  • Kusnerik Family 
    • $50 
    • 9 mos
  • Brad Durchslag 
    • $30 
    • 19 mos
  • Jodie Williams 
    • $30 
    • 22 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

katherine haver 
Organizer
Galveston, TX
chris haver 
Beneficiary
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