Feed a Child - Reduce Malnutrition in Guatemala

 
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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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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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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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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

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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Organization

Wuqu' Kawoq

Bethel, VT, United States
http://www.wuqukawoq.org

Project Leader

Anne Kraemer Diaz

Bethel, VT Guatemala

Where is this project located?

Map of Feed a Child - Reduce Malnutrition in Guatemala