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.
Apr 22, 2011

GlobalGiving Site Visit

Measuring weight
Measuring weight
On February 24th, 2011 I had the unique privilege of visiting one of the child malnutrition programs of Wuqu Kawoq. My visit was lead by two of Wuqu Kawoq’s dedicated, long-term volunteers Claire Melvin and Miranda Greiner. After a gorgeous ride through the Guatemalan hillside we had arrived at the fieldsite of Pacquip to meet the community members. The women in the community were sufficiently and independently running the distribution of Plumpy’doz (nutritional food supplement). In addition, the women were recording all these transactions, weighing the children, and measuring their heights. They were recording all this data and monitoring progress to ensure that all children were improving their nutritional intakes. (see photo’s) It was clearly evident that the model being implemented by Wuqu Kawoq was being engendered and expanded by the intended beneficiaries. This was obviously a key indicator of success and a healthy relationship between the organization and the communities they serve. Most importantly, because of the work of Wuqu Kawoq, many of the communities are being educated on the effects of malnourishment which is inevitably leading to healthier children. The proof is in the Plumpy’doz!! And of course in Wuqu Kawoq. Thanks to the Wuqu Kawoq team who took time from their personal and busy schedules, to show me the amazing work that their organization is undertaking.reporting and distributing
reporting and distributing
distributing the plumpy
distributing the plumpy'doz
Apr 21, 2011

Update on Women's Health Classes

Wuqu’ Kawoq has collaborated on educational opportunities for Guatemalan midwives for years, and in January of 2011 we began a pilot program to expand our model to include education for other women in our communities as well.  The pilot program is a series of five themed classes on sexual health every two weeks for a total of ten weeks.  The themes include: getting to know one’s body (essentially a women’s anatomy class), sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer and menopause, family planning and contraception, and the final class is a review of all of the themes and a graduation with diplomas. 

In addition providing education to the women, we encourage them to attend our monthly women's clinics where we provide pelvic/papanicolaou exams, STI testing and treatment, as well as contraception (birth control pills and injections) free of charge to each of our patients. 

We started our first round of classes with 3 groups of women, ranging in size from 7 to 18 students, in Santiago and San Pedro, Sacatepéquez.  In the past month we have completed these classes and successfully graduated 27 students.  These classes were extremely successful in terms of participant reception as well as attendance. We will continue to offer these classes and expand them to other communities!


Mar 15, 2011

Child malnutrition programs are growing!

Dear Friends,

I am writing this brief update to you from the field here in Guatemala, where we have just spent a couple of days in Paquip, the first community project funded by this initiative. We have been meeting with municipal leadership and ironing out the last details of the project. Last week, baseline data collection on all malnourished children were completed by our team (both new local volunteers and our regional Wuqu' Kawoq staff), and the Plumpydoz product will arrive on site in a couple of weeks, so we are just about ready to begin!

Thanks to your generosity, of course, we are not just going to be working with this project in Paquip. We have designated several other communities where we will be starting similar programs using the extra money raised. This is tremendously exciting, because it gives us the opportunity to collaborate with other organizations and communities that have asked for our help, but that we have not yet had the capacity to deal with.

We have hired a few new local staff to manage the growth in programs spurred on by this fundraising campaign, and we are also investing small amounts in infrastructure to support the programs. For example, we are constructing a small building in the Bocacosta region to help with the efficiency of our project expansions there (see the link below for information on this project).

As always, thanks for your support and interest in our work!


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