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.
Sep 20, 2011

Clinic construction begun!

Dear friends, thanks to your generous support, we have enough funds to start construction of the clinic and finish the exterior walls and roof! We have been overwhelmed by how supportive and excited you all have been about this project.

This clinic building will serve as the new home for all of our projects in the Bocacosta, including our child nutrition programs and our rapidly growing women's health program. It will also serve as a community space, with meeting rooms for health sessions and other educational activities.

By providing a more comfortable, private working environment for our doctors and patients, we anticipate that great improvements can be made in the health of these communities.

The initial construction should be done in about two months, and we will keep you updated here. We will still need to continue raising funds toward the project goal in order to finish the inside of the structure, add furniture and equipment, etc. So please continue to pass information about the project along to friends and family who you think might be interested in donating.

Once again thanks for all of your support!

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Jul 28, 2011

4 Communities now using Plumpydoz!

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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Jun 21, 2011

Updates on Clinic Project

A couple of weeks ago, our WK medical team held a two-day clinic in Socorro. While we were meeting with patients in our current building, one without adequate space, light, or ventilation, we couldn't help but feel excited: Soon we will meet our funding goals, and we will be able to build a new clinic!

As of today, through Global Giving and other WK fundraisers, we have raised $7,200. We are one-third of the way to our goal. Thank you you so much.

We can't start building our new clinic until we have raised sufficient funds; however, this month we have been taking advantage of opportunities to meet with workers who will install water and electricity. We are excited to break ground and get this building underway. And we need your help to meet our goal.

If you have a moment today, could you share this special project with a friend? This is a wonderful chance to contribute to something tangible, something big: helping 1,250 children and their families.

Our community leaders on the Bocacosta are looking forward to using this property for:

* their primary medical clinic

* a medicinal plant garden

* ongoing construction of Biosand water filters

* women's health classes

* other community education programs

Every dollar helps toward making this community's dream a reality. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity.

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