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.
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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Sep 20, 2011

Clinic construction begun!

Dear friends, thanks to your generous support, we have enough funds to start construction of the clinic and finish the exterior walls and roof! We have been overwhelmed by how supportive and excited you all have been about this project.

This clinic building will serve as the new home for all of our projects in the Bocacosta, including our child nutrition programs and our rapidly growing women's health program. It will also serve as a community space, with meeting rooms for health sessions and other educational activities.

By providing a more comfortable, private working environment for our doctors and patients, we anticipate that great improvements can be made in the health of these communities.

The initial construction should be done in about two months, and we will keep you updated here. We will still need to continue raising funds toward the project goal in order to finish the inside of the structure, add furniture and equipment, etc. So please continue to pass information about the project along to friends and family who you think might be interested in donating.

Once again thanks for all of your support!

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Sep 5, 2011

Program improvements/new things on the horizon!

Herlinda is now coordinating our diabetes programs
Herlinda is now coordinating our diabetes programs
Dear friends, the intervening months since our last project report on our diabetes projects have been busy ones!
 
In particular, one of our newer staff members Herlinda, a nurse from Tecpan, has been working hard to get up to speed on all the ins and outs of our diabetes program. She is now stepping into the role of our main diabetes coordinator for the highland region. In this role, she travels between the various clinical sites where we have diabetes patients, meeting with them individually on a monthly basis to make sure that they are not having any trouble with their medications, to provide education on healthy nutrition, and to check for foot ulcers in our patients with more advanced diabetes. She also monitors for high blood pressure and other medical conditions in our diabetics who are at risk for these conditions. We are very excited to have Herlinda in this role, and she is doing a great job!
 
In other news, last month we had meetings with our collaborators at the Institute for Nutrition in Central America and Panama in preparation for launching our large collaborative diabetes project. The project is now moving through the final stages of approval from the ethics committee at the Guatemalan Ministry of Health and we hope to begin to start soon. This project will allow us to enroll an additional 350 diabetics in comprehensive educational programs and medical care programs for their diabetes, and we are excited to get going!
 
As always, we are very impressed by the committment of all of our donors, such as yourselves, to this project. We are so happy that you all recognize the importance of providing treatment for diabetes, and other devastating chronic diseases! Because of the prohibitive costs of medicines and medical care for most rural poor, it is only with your help that they can receive the care they need!
 
Thanks once again for your help, and feel free to send me any questions or feedback to peter@wuqukawoq.org.
House calls to the homes of elderly diabetics
House calls to the homes of elderly diabetics

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