Jun 15, 2018

Empowering Mothers through Nutrition and Education

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annette_cycon

Dear Friends,

Nothing changes a life quite as much, or quite as quickly, as motherhood.  For Annette Cycon, a clinical social worker and founder of MotherWoman, it was clear that nothing helps moms get through the process of becoming a mom quite as much as talking to other moms. 

MotherWoman is a nonprofit Annette started when her daughters were babies.  She hoped to give moms both advice and practical tools for motherhood.  She created MotherWoman's workshops as a place for women to be together, to share real-life stories about being a parent, and to address important issues that affect women today.  Her motto is “Empowering mothers, creating community, changing the world”. 

Annette has led these workshops throughout the U.S. and is now leading them in rural Guatemala.  Thanks to her support groups, we have been able to give mothers a space for healing and for transformation.  By talking about key issues like postpartum depression and food choices during pregnancy and infancy.  Postpartum depression can often carry a stigma, but women who have participated in our workshops are now knowledgeable of the signs of depression, and how postpartum depression should be addressed.

We at Maya Health Alliance have created a symbiotic relationship between Annette’s work and our nutrition program. In conjunction, the two programs have given many women in rural Guatemala the opportunity and the knowledge necessary to take better care of themselves and of their children.  In empowering mothers, we give strength to our future.  Through our programming, we continue our efforts to break the cycle of poverty in rural Guatemala.

With your support, we will continue to empower mothers and give them the skills and knowledge necessary to feed both themselves and their families not only through healthy nutritional choices, but through community.

With gratitude,

The team at Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu' Kawoq

Mar 19, 2018

Change is taking place, planting community gardens to fight malnutrition!

Community gardens in Chimaltenango, Guatemala.
Community gardens in Chimaltenango, Guatemala.

Dear Friends,

To start the year, we are expanding our Nutrition Program through a gardens research project to help many children eat healthy and grow strong so they can reach their fullest potential later in life.

Our Nutrition Team (Andrea, Valeria, Kelly and Lena) had the opportunity to visit a great gardens project created by Aldea, originally known as BPD meaning Bienestar, Progreso, Desarrollo (Wellness, Progress and Development).  The two men in charge of showing the gardens, José (Project Director) and Calixto (Agricultural Technician) are very knowledgeable and were open to answer all the questions our team had for them.  They showed them their sample garden in the village of San Vicente in Chimaltenango and our team had the honor to visit three women's homes who have gardens, and cook a meal with their own produce.

During this year, we will be working with community leaders who will help us implement gardens to support children’s health and nutrition, with the help of ECHO's technical advice and guidance.  Kelly, who is currently ECHO's intern, will be providing us with all the support to launch our project in the next couple of months.  We have 977 new children enrolled in our Nutrition Program, which translates into thousands of families looking after their children in this early stage of life, and mothers feeding their kids! 

It is beautiful to see how a small action can produce a great change in a community, and with your INCREDIBLE SUPPORT, we will be able to reach more families and this project will make healthy foods readily available for children.  They will have the opportunity to get the quality foods they need to lead strong, productive lives with futures full of opportunities.  Thank you for your continued support and dedication to the 1000s of children in Guatemala we have been able to help, because of you!

With much gratitude,

The team at Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq

Dec 18, 2017

Joyful home visits make healthy families!

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home visits

Dear Friends,

Our Maya Health team is dedicated to bringing a joyful spirit to the homes of our patients during this holiday.

During our home visits, we provide monitoring weight and height, micronutrients, deworming and nutritional supplements. During the month of November, we did 540 homes visits! A visit normally lasts 45 minutes, and it is during this key period of time that our nutrition team provides one on one counseling on nutrition and child growth, we also teach women new recipes to add more nutritious foods to their diet and promote a healthier lifestyle for their families.

We are very happy to have the support of a great network of staff members that coordinate a sustaining nutritional surveillance with our nutrition specialist to detect and treat malnutrition cases. Every case we find is a child that we can help get back on their proper growth curve so their brain is growing right. This means a child a much better chance to reach their milestones, stay in school and learn!

DETECTING CASES OF MALNUTRITION, PROMOTING A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

We were happy to find Angel during one of our routine visits to the field.  We have helped him overcome the challenges of malnutrition.  He is a 4-year-old boy, who at 2 years of age fell into severe chronic malnutrition and moderate acute underweight, affecting both his height and weight. He was very, very ill. He lives on a rubber plantation in a small village with his parents, whom had heard about Maya Health's work and without hesitating they decided to enroll their son into our nutrition program.  With the help of our four essential interventions, Angel was able to reach a healthy nutritional status in a matter of months! This means brain growth!

During this season of hope and joy we believe that we can help make healthier families and communities by supporting childrens’ health and nutrition.  With YOUR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT, children will get the quality care they need to lead healthy, productive lives with futures full of possibilities. Thank you for your on-going support and dedication to the 1000s of children in Guatemala we have been able to help, because of you!

Happy holidays!

With much gratitude,

The team at Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq

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