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.
Jan 28, 2013

Happy new year!

Dear friends, 

In my last report I gave you some updates on our plans for 2013. I'm happy to announce that things are moving forward at a steady pace. 

As I let you know in October, a major goal for this project in 2013 will be to expand on our already successful sexual health trainings for women in our partner communities. At the same time, we are also looking at ways to improve our coverage of women's medical care. In our partner communities, we've always provided access to family planning methods, prenatal care, and screening and treatment for cervical cancer. However, the goal for this year is to increase the demand for those services significantly. 

To help with this, we've brought on new staff members and new volunteers, including educational specialists and health promoters. We had our first planning meets for the year at the beginning of January, and the enthusiasm and energy on the team is very encouraging! 

I'm returning to Guatemala next week to do more staff training and also to plan specific activities for the first half of the year. I'll keep you updated, and I hope to have some new pictures soon! 

In the meantime, thanks as always for your support!

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Jan 3, 2013

Construction Finished!

Dear Friends, 

We are so happy to inform you that we are declaring the project to construct this clinic officially completed! As those of you who have been following along know, this construction has been a long process, and we've been already working out of the (partially functional) space for quite a while now, as construction has proceeded. 

However, this week the last outstanding item - installation of the final drain pipes for the property under the town highway - was completed! This means that the clinic is now finally connected to all the municipal waste water services, and the project is a success. 

Thanks you your support and generous donations, this new clinic will provide a comfortable and secure environment for providing health services to the 5 communities that it serves. 

If you would like to continue to follow along with Wuqu' Kawoq, please follow this link, where you can sign up for our email list. Alternatively, you can visit our other projects on Global Giving here.

Thanks again for your support!

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Nov 28, 2012

Successes and Plans for the Coming Year

Dear friends, 

Thanks so much for your ongoing support this year! We greatly appreciate it. 

We wish you and yours a pleasant and enjoyable holiday season. If you are still looking for an end of the year giving opportunity, don't forget that it is easy to donate to any of Wuqu' Kawoq's projects through the Global Giving interface here. In addition to regular giving options, the interface also allows you to give holiday gift cards or donate in honor of a loved one, both great options for alternative holiday giving!

As the year draws to a close, I wanted to provide a brief research update from one of the community nutrition projects that you have supported this year. This project has been providing direct nutritional supplementation and medical care for children for 18 months now. In this time, based on new data that we just collected last month, we've seen that the rates of severe stunting have fallen by more than 40%. This reduction in stunting has occurred at the community level, including even the small number of children who haven't been always so regular at taking their supplements or coming to medical checkups. This means that the positive messages about child nutrition and coming together to combat this problem are really having an effect at all levels in the community!

Also, as the year draws to a close, we are just wrapping up analysis of our focused needs assessment survey that we performed over the summer, and to which I've alluded in prior updates. This survey, they results of which I'll share with you when the analysis is complete, are really pointing us towards some new opportunities in 2013, especially focused on improving dietary diversity and support for new mothers. Look for these changes and additions to our programming in coming months!

As always, thanks for your support, and feel free to email me with any questions at peter@wuqukawoq.org. 

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