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.
Nov 15, 2011

Site visits to 5 communities

Dear friends,

I am just back from a great trip to Guatemala where, together with our nutrition staff and pediatricians, we made the rounds on 5 communities which are enrolled in the Plumpydoz project, funded by you all!

In all communities, we were very pleased with the progress that the children are making. Most children and mothers really enjoy using the Plumpydoz product, and we are seeing some early encouraging results in each location. For example, mothers report that their children have better appetites and are getting sick less often. Additionally, we saw many cases where the Plumpydoz is already making a big difference for children in terms of their growth. We expect that, as time goes on, these effects will become more and more pronounced.

Also, in each community, we took the time to visit with several very ill children. As you can probably imagine, whenever we start a nutrition program in a new community, we always find at least a few children who have previously undiagnosed illnesses other than malnutrition, such as congenital heart disease, seizures, etc. Since there really is no primary care for children in Guatemala, often visits with our doctors are the first these children have had. As part of our community based nutrition work, however, we at Wuqu' Kawoq also commit to treating any other medical condition we find in the children that we serve.

Thanks once again for all of your support and generosity in this project, and stay tuned for more updates! As always, email me at peter@wuqukawoq.org with any questions or concerns.

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Nov 7, 2011

First phase of construction done!

Dear friends, I am so excited to be able to report that the first phase of the clinic construction is nearing completion, thanks to your support.

The main structure of the clinic is up and functional. Although we still don't have all the doors and windows in place, and we are still wiring for electricity and putting in plumbing, we expect those things will be finished in the next few weeks.

Now, we need to focus on finishing the structure, especially putting in clinic furniture, installing basic laboratory equipment, and the like. With your continued support, we hope to be able to do this soon!

I am attaching some pictures that give you a good look at how things are shaping up.

Thanks again for all of your support!

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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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