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.
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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May 26, 2011

More progress on Diabetes Education Classes

 

The first draft version of the heart health and diabetes manual is now complete thanks to our collaboration with the Comunidad Lingüística Kaqchikel. The manual has been culturally adapted to our patient population in rural Guatemala. The manual serves as a key educational tool for diabetes self care, and  all seven sessions in the curriculum are taught  in Kaqchikel. We are currently in our first round of focus groups with a selected group of health promoters which we are using to refine the drafted curriculum.

This is a pivotal moment for our health promoters, diabetic patients and their families. The classes that emerge from this effort will provide education on diabetes and the related adverse effects of this chronic illness. The classes will serve to create a sense of community for the participants and their family members, and the initial feedback from our health promoters working to implement these materials in each community where we see diabetes have been extremely positive.

 

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