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.
Feb 17, 2016

It Takes a Village

German talking with a new mother
German talking with a new mother

Dear Friends,

We want to share a very important story directly from our field staff working one-on-one with our nutrition patients every single day!

“In the cornfield, if you put the fertilizer on too late, the corn becomes yellowed and withered. But if you do this on time, the corn will grow green and large. That is what we want for your child.”

–German, our Nutrition Field Staff

The metaphor is far more eloquent in Spanish, but the sentiment is the same. Tending to a cornfield takes many people and much effort. In the same way, it takes a village to raise a child: mother, father, siblings, friends and family. This is never more true than here in Guatemala. With scarcity of resources plaguing so many families, a mother and father cannot do it alone. When German made this analogy in the home of a patient, he was emphasizing that to help a malnourished child, both parents must be dedicated to improving their health. However, there are wider implications.

Nutrition education, like that provided by Yoli and our other educators, is necessary when so few parents have had the opportunity to learn what is healthy and nutritious to feed their child. Viveres—the diet supplementation of beans, eggs, and nutrients that Wuqu’ Kawoq provides for children in its program—is support for parents who may not have the means on their own. The extended family that often lives nearby can help the parents to make changes and support them through the long process of improving a child’s health. And the community itself, the support of other families fighting for their children, is crucial.

These are the “fertilizers” that German speaks of, the necessary components to “growing” a healthy child. And to do it early, while the child is still young, and before chronic malnutrition has taken an irreversible toll, is urgent. Yes, it is back-breaking work to grow the corn, but the outcome at the end vale la pena (totally worth the effort).

Thank you for your on-going incredible support. Just as we provide the fertilizer to the children, you make that fertilizer possible through your incredible donations! Thank you.

Guatemalan cornfield
Guatemalan cornfield

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Nov 20, 2015

Making Life Worth Living

Let
Let's make #lifeworthliving

Dear Friends,

The holiday season is fast approaching. While we are extremely busy here in Guatemala, we want to take a moment to say "Thank you" to you, our donors. With your support, we have been able to make life worth living for so many people: patients, family, and friends.

Childhood malnutrition is a devastating disease. Not only does it cause a loss of stature, or stunting, but it continues to affect children in every step of life. Children grow up with lower cognitive abilities, more risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, and overall, a lowered potential to work and succeed. 

The good news is, we can fight these lifelong effects. Our program works to catch malnutrition early and help children catch up to the curve. This doesn't just impact the child, but all their loved ones as well. 

I'd like to introduce you to Nilton. Nilton is a one-year-old enrolled in our malnutrition program. He lives in rural Guatemala with his parents, who struggle every day to make ends meet. They don't have the resources to provide Nilton with the nutritious foods he needs to grow healthy and strong. With our program, however, his family receives food and micronutrient supplements that will let Nilton reach his full potential. And when Nilton came down with severe pneumonia, our doctors immediately took care of him and stopped this potentially life-threatening disease in its tracks. This doesn't just impact this baby, but all his family, who can live each day a little happier, a little more secure, knowing that Wuqu' Kawoq is with them every step of the way.

Nilton's mother cannot be more grateful for the support they are receiving, to provide the family with resources they could not have on their own. We are equally thankful. Without you, children like Nilton and their families would not have the opportunity for a better and brighter future.

Thank you! 

Let's continue to fight to end malnutrition and make #lifeworthliving here in Guatemala!  

With gratitude,

Anne Kraemer Diaz
Executive Director

Our friend Nilton
Our friend Nilton
Aug 26, 2015

Catching up to the curve

Measuring children in our new project!
Measuring children in our new project!

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued dedication to make #lifeworthliving for each child here in Guatemala. We firmly believe that every child matters, and that all should have access to the highest quality of care, no matter where they were born. That is why your donations are so important. 

To show our gratitude, we would like to introduce you to our newest program to fight malnutrition:

"Guatemala has one of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition in the world. In the Maya communities in which we work chronic malnutrition rates for children under five can be as high as 75 percent. Chronic malnutrition, or stunting, results not only in a reduction in height, but also developmental delays. Our program seeks to better understand these developmental effects of stunting on children ages six to twenty-four months.

While nutritional interventions are just beginning, our dedicated team of anthropologists, community health workers, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and translators has been hard at work for months preparing to work with our new patients. This work is particularly important, as we will be the first in Guatemala to measure developmental outcomes in severely stunted Maya children. Over the course of the next year the team will evaluate the impact of nutritional education on the height and development of the participants." 

With your help, we will continue to work to #endmalnutrition and improve life for not only our current patients, but all those who will come in the future. Thank you again for your continued support!

With gratitude,

Anne Kraemer Diaz

Executive Director

 

 

Our community health workers going home-to-home
Our community health workers going home-to-home
 
   

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