Wuqu' Kawoq

Wuqu' Kawoq's mission is to address the barriers to excellent health care that the majority of Guatemala's indigenous Maya population face, including principally the lack of access to health care in their own languages. As such, Wuqu' Kawoq develops primary care and health programs within a larger context of community vitality, family stability,and Mayan language revitalization.
Nov 7, 2011

Expanding access to Women's Health Care

Dear Friends,

As you have been hearing about in our recent program updates for this project, a major focus of our efforts this year in our midwifery and women's health programs as been improvement of the quality of our educational offerings for women.

To this end, we have been running general educational classes for women of all ages and professions, where small groups of women get together to discuss important topics, like sexual health and contraception. These classes are facilitated by female Wuqu' Kawoq staff members, which creates an intimate and confidential space to discuss these important topics.

We are now happy to say that we are in our 6th round of these classes, and enrollment continues to grow! We are now offering simultaneous class sessions both in our central Santiago clinic location as well as in several rural communities where we have a clinical presence due to other activities (like child malnutrition programs).

In addition to being a great educational opportunity for the women in our communities, these classes also serve as a great way to introduce women to the concept of their basic health care needs. Each participant is offered full access to our clinical services, which means that these classes are providing a way for women to get pap smears, screening for sexually transmitted infections, treatment for menstrual problems, and the like.

All of these services are provided by skilled female nursing staff, with back up from our doctors as needed, and we have been very excited by how enthusiastic women are to participate!

In the coming year we plan to keep growing this program, and our target for these classes, and the associated health care package, will be to reach at least 250 new women in 12 months.

Thanks as always for your support, and feel free to email us with questions or comments at any time (contact@wuqukawoq.org).

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Nov 7, 2011

First phase of construction done!

Dear friends, I am so excited to be able to report that the first phase of the clinic construction is nearing completion, thanks to your support.

The main structure of the clinic is up and functional. Although we still don't have all the doors and windows in place, and we are still wiring for electricity and putting in plumbing, we expect those things will be finished in the next few weeks.

Now, we need to focus on finishing the structure, especially putting in clinic furniture, installing basic laboratory equipment, and the like. With your continued support, we hope to be able to do this soon!

I am attaching some pictures that give you a good look at how things are shaping up.

Thanks again for all of your support!

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Oct 12, 2011

Feed a Child: On Oct 19, your gift grows 30%!

Photos from Collective Futures conference
Photos from Collective Futures conference

Dear Friends and Supporters,

It has been an exciting few months in Guatemala for Child Nutrition! We are also excited to announce that on October 19, GlobalGiving.org is matching all online donations at 30% up to $1000 per donor per project!

Thanks to your support, we now have 5 communities receiving comprehensive nutrition and medical care utilizing Plumpydoz! We have already had seen some successes, after just a few short months, with decreases in diarrhea and other illnesses in the recipient children. Of course we are following their growth closely and expect to see results there as well. 

Last week we sponsored a conference “Collective Futures" (http://en.futuroscolectivos.com/) in Guatemala bringing together 80 international non-profits, regional organizations, and government agencies to address major issues in community development. One focus of the conference was working together to fight child malnutrition in creative and practical ways. Our partners at Edesia (the manufacturers of Plumpydoz) gave an excellent talk on the use of the product to a packed room of health promoters, scholars and community members representing several countries and many regions of Guatemala.  

We hope that you will continue to support this exciting work! In particular, don't forget that on October 19, GlobalGiving.org is matching all online donations at 30% up to $1000 per donor per project! There is $100,000 available in matching funds from 12:01am EDT until they run out! You have been the most generous of supporters and we wanted to invite you to take advantage of the generous matching funds from Global Giving to help stretch every precious dollar! We know the economy is difficult right now and we are extremely thankful for each dollar you can provide to help change the future for children in Guatemala!

Please feel free to contact me at any time peter@wuqukawoq.org or check out our webpage www.wuqukawoq.org.

Thank you for Being the Change in these children’s lives!

Photos from Collective Futures conference
Photos from Collective Futures conference
Photos from Collective Futures conference
Photos from Collective Futures conference
Photos from Collective Futures conference
Photos from Collective Futures conference
Photos from Collective Futures conference
Photos from Collective Futures conference
Photos from Collective Futures conference
Photos from Collective Futures conference

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