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.
Aug 1, 2011

Women's health classes continue to grow!

Dear friends,

Recently we completed some needs assessment work in a few of the rural communities where we are working. One of the most important things to come out of these surveys is that more than 70% of women have no access to contraception! Furthermore, in our clinical work providing pap smear/cervical cancer screening to women, we continue to diagnose extremely high rates of sexually transmitted infections. Taken together, these experience show how little health care there is in rural Guatemala for women!

On the ground, our local nursing staff have now been trained on how to run the sexual health classes, and they are now operating independently. We just completed another round of classes in our central urban location in Santiago Sacatepéquez. Based on the need we are finding in rural areas, we will be expanding these offerings into the rural communities we work in, providing classes on site in these locations! These classes are extremely well received and offer an opportunity to women to talk about the issues they face. They also provide a way for them to plug in to our clinical services, such as cervical cancer screening and treatment of common menstrual disorders and sexually transmitted infections.

In other news, the ACOTCHI midwifery cooperative continues to grow. Recently a long term lease was signed on a property to build the first-ever comprehensive midwife-run birthing center in rural Guatemala. Another separate property was also acquired, which will serve as an educational center for the community.

Stay tuned for more exciting news in months to come!

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Jul 28, 2011

4 Communities now using Plumpydoz!

Dear friends and supporters, I just got back from another exciting trip to Guatemala!

Our child nutrition projects using Plumpydoz are progressing very well! The programs are now in full swing, with comprehensive nutrition as well as medical care, in 4 out of 5 target communities! We anticipate the last community will come on line by the end of August. These programs have been made possible entirely because of the support of you, our donors!

The product is being very well received in the communities, and we are already starting to notice a difference in the health of children! Community leaders, especially women, have been especially energized by the program, and it has already generated a lot of talk and interest about starting some other new programs as well, such as health programs for women!

The ABC news team was down again several weeks ago and shot some additional video of the project as well as interviews with mothers of children in the program and our local staff. We look forward to seeing some of that footage on ABC in coming months!

In the meantime, please enjoy the new pictures that I am attaching from one of the target towns, Paquip.

As always, feel free to drop me a personal line at any time at peter@wuqukawoq.org to discuss the project in more detail. I get a lot of email but I still try to respond in a timely manner!

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Jun 21, 2011

Updates on Clinic Project

A couple of weeks ago, our WK medical team held a two-day clinic in Socorro. While we were meeting with patients in our current building, one without adequate space, light, or ventilation, we couldn't help but feel excited: Soon we will meet our funding goals, and we will be able to build a new clinic!

As of today, through Global Giving and other WK fundraisers, we have raised $7,200. We are one-third of the way to our goal. Thank you you so much.

We can't start building our new clinic until we have raised sufficient funds; however, this month we have been taking advantage of opportunities to meet with workers who will install water and electricity. We are excited to break ground and get this building underway. And we need your help to meet our goal.

If you have a moment today, could you share this special project with a friend? This is a wonderful chance to contribute to something tangible, something big: helping 1,250 children and their families.

Our community leaders on the Bocacosta are looking forward to using this property for:

* their primary medical clinic

* a medicinal plant garden

* ongoing construction of Biosand water filters

* women's health classes

* other community education programs

Every dollar helps toward making this community's dream a reality. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity.

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