Juan is a 17-year old teenager from Guatemala. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us that Juan’s kidneys are not working properly, leaving his body unable to filter waste in his bloodstream. Juan lives with his family in rural Guatemala. Before he became sick, Juan enjoyed going to school, but he is no longer able to attend classes. WK reports that Juan needs to receive peritoneal dialysis, which will remove salt, waste, and excess water from his blood, help control his blood pressure, and regulate the levels of potassium, sodium, and bicarbonate in his blood. In Guatemala, kidney failure can be managed at home through peritoneal dialysis, which is a daily four hour process in which a cleansing fluid is circulated through the abdominal cavity to absorb waste products and then removed via dialysis. The family’s small income is stretched thin, as Juan’s twin brother is already receiving dialysis. They need $1,500 in funding. Juan's mother shares, "My sons are the most important part of my life. It hurts me to see what is happening, but it is just for them I am fighting and asking the association to support me."
Meet Lester, a seven-year-old boy from Guatemala who loves to play soccer. However, "he often gets tired playing with his friends, and can't run around for long periods of time because he gets short of breath," reports our medical partner Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "His parents did not realize he had asthma," WK continues, "and just thought that he had a bad cough that would not go away." Asthma is an inflammation of the airways that makes it difficult for Lester to breathe. This can be triggered by a variety of factors including dust and physical activity. Doctors are worried about Lester's wheezing, and want to start him on drugs that help to keep his airways open. However, his father's income working in the coffee fields is just enough to pay for food and rent, and their family cannot afford the expensive medication Lester needs. Let's help raise the $301 Lester needs for his treatment, which will cover the costs of his medicine and any additional medical attention he needs. This will allow him to play for longer periods of time without coughing, and he can have a normal childhood with more independence. Lester's parents are excited for his treatment so that Lester can grow up happy and healthy with his three brothers. "We want him to grow very big, and his dream is to study and graduate to be an accountant," his mother shares. "We appreciate the help that our son will get, and we trust that he will get well."
For more than a year, six-year-old Katy has had a chronic cough. She frequently has trouble breathing. Sometimes she coughs so much she throws up, and when she sleeps at night her mother hears her making a whistling sound as she struggles to breathe deeply. These are the classic symptoms of asthma, and without treatment, Katy’s coughs and breathing problems may only get worse. Despite her health challenges, Katy is a sunny, kind, and studious girl who lives with her parents and six older siblings in Guatemala. She is in first grade and loves school so far. When not in the classroom, you can find Katy playing with her dolls or toy pots and pans. Katy will begin asthma treatment on February 16. She will receive medications and a nebulizer (a device that administers medications to the lungs). These will allow her to study, play, and sleep without coughing. However, her family’s income is stretched too thin to pay for Katy’s treatment. Katy’s father is a bus driver, while her mother takes care of their seven children. For $422, we can sponsor Katy’s treatment in full. Katy's mother says, "We hope to God that my little girl gets better. She wants to be a teacher when she is big."
Melany is a two-year-old girl from Guatemala. She previously received Watsi funding for malnutrition treatment. Although her growth has improved, she has been facing frequent asthma attacks for about two months, along with a recurrent cough. She does not like to play because she is scared she will have an asthma attack. Recently, she has been coughing so much that she is unable to sleep, making her tired and irritable during the day. Fortunately, Melany began asthma treatment on January 2. Melany lives with her family in a home made of tin and wood. She loves to run, play, and laugh with her two siblings. Her father works as a day laborer in a local plantation. He has difficulty buying basics, such as food and clothes for the family. He needs help to fund this $422 procedure. This treatment will provide Melany with continued medical care and six months of intense treatment for her acute asthma. It will allow her to run and play, sleep better, and live healthily. Melany's mother says, "I appreciate the help that you will give my daughter because it has been making me very worried. My hope is to see her grow into a young woman who studies and one day will become a teacher."
Julia is a jovial ten-year-old girl who lives in rural Guatemala with her family. Her mother is a single parent and supports Julia and her three sisters by working in Guatemala's capital. Although her job provides a steady income, it forces her to live apart from her children. While Julia's mother is in the city, Julia and her sisters live with their grandparents. Julia is in third grade and does well in school. She likes to run and loves to play soccer, but she has been experiencing trouble breathing, which makes it difficult for her to participate in physical activity. Julia and her aunt recently traveled to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), complaining of a dry cough that makes it difficult for Julia to breathe. WK diagnosed Julia with asthma. Asthma is a chronic condition in which one's airways narrow, swell, and produce extra mucus, making it difficult to breathe. Already, her asthma has provoked a chronic cough and makes Julia's chest hurt when she tries to run and play. WK is requesting $422 to fund Julia's medicine and the medical attention she needs to manage her asthma. She will begin receiving her mediation on April 10. The medication will allow her to run and play without coughing. She will be able to participate fully in games at school, run without fear of being unable to breathe, and live without the constant bother of a persistent cough. Julia's grandparents say, "We feel sad because she is sick and we would like to help her with everything, but we don't have money. We ask God to help us keep moving forward, and at the same time for you all to have compassion on us and help with our little girl's treatment."
Shirley is a 16-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. She lives with her parents. Her father is a day laborer, and her mother is a homemaker. Shirley is a kind, happy baby. She loves to practice speaking with her parents, though they can't quite understand her yet! Recently, Shirley was diagnosed with malnutrition. She is not growing properly, and she is often sick. On February 13, Shirley will begin treatment for malnutrition at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Miller. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $437 in funds to cover the cost of Shirley's formula and nutritional supplements. Funds will also go toward an educational program that will teach her mother how to create a nutritious diet using limited resources. "I want to thank you for the support Shirley is going to receive," says Shirley's mother. "My happiness is to see my daughter healthy and be able to improve her growth."
Rudy is a 17-month-old baby who has malnutrition. In the short term, malnutrition means Rudy has little energy to grow and that his immune system is weak. If Rudy does not receive treatment, he will also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and a high likelihood of dropping out of school. Rudy lives with his mother and two siblings in rural Guatemala. He is a curious toddler who loves to play with toy cars. His mother takes care of Rudy and his siblings. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Rudy recover. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $437 for Rudy's malnutrition treatment, which will help him gain weight and grow taller and strengthen his immune system. Community health workers will teach Rudy's mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. Rudy's mother is excited to gain tools to help her children. She pledges to do everything necessary to support Rudy’s growth. Treatment will give Rudy an opportunity to grow happy and healthy.
19-month-old Cristian lives with his family in rural Guatemala. His mother is a single parent who works a lot, so Cristian’s grandmother usually takes care of him. His mother works very hard, but does not earn enough to give Cristian the healthy, nutritious food he needs. He has been diagnosed with malnutrition. Unfortunately, Cristian's family does not have the economic resources to treat his malnutrition without outside help. In the short term, malnutrition means Cristian has little energy to grow and that his immune system is weak, leaving him vulnerable to illness that further compromises his growth. If Cristian does not receive treatment, he will also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and higher likelihood of dropping out of school. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Cristian recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. Treatment will give Cristian’s family tools to maintain nutritious diets, and it will give Cristian a chance to grow healthy. This treatment costs $437. "My grandson is the most lovely thing I have, and I want to him to get better," shares Cristian's grandmother.
Jose is a one-year-old baby who loves to play and babble with others. His mother passed away from tuberculosis, so he lives with his aunts. Jose is experiencing symptoms of malnutrition. He has little energy, and he gets sick more often than other children. He is at an increased risk for stunted growth, low IQ, and chronic disease. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also highly treatable. On January 12, Jose will begin treatment for his condition. He will undergo growth monitoring and nutrient supplementation. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is asking for $437 to fund this treatment. "We want to thank you for the support for my nephew to grow well," says Jose's aunt. "We want to see him grow healthy and, when he is big, be a person who studies and overcomes obstacles in life."
Hilda is a 17-month-old baby girl who loves playing with her toy pig and running around with her older siblings. Her mother takes care of the household, and her father works as a day laborer. Hilda is experiencing symptoms of malnutrition, a condition that results from consuming too few calories and nutrients. Hilda has little energy to grow and gets sick frequently. Malnutrition places Hilda at risk of chronic illnesses and low IQ. Fortunately, malnutrition is highly treatable, and Hilda will receive treatment on January 12. Treatment involves growth monitoring, nutrient supplementation, and family nutrition education. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is asking for $437 to help fund treatment. Hilda's mother is very thankful for everyone's help. She says, "We don't have the resources to keep giving treatment to my daughter. It pains me to see her sick, because she does not play anymore, and in the health center they told me she has not grown. I am thankful for the help my daughter will receive from you all. God bless you."
18-month-old Sindy is malnourished. She has little energy to grow, and her immune system is weak, leaving her vulnerable to illness. If her malnutrition continues, Sindy will also face long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and higher likelihood of dropping out of school. Sindy lives with her parents and older sister in rural Guatemala. She likes to play with her toy pots and pans. Her father is a day laborer. Her mother works in the fields and takes care of the household. While Sindy’s parents want the best for their daughter, their limited resources are already stretched thin. "First," says Sindy's mother, "I want to see her better and to keep growing, and after to go to school to study and decide what she wants to be in life." With growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation, Sindy can recover. As her caloric and nutritional intake increases, she will gain weight and grow taller, and her immune system will strengthen. Her treatment will begin on January 12. Full treatment costs $437. Through our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, your donation will help pay for micronutrient supplements, dietary staples, and community health workers to consult with Sindy's mother. “I thank you," says Sindy's mother, "because you all are going to give my daughter the support she needs."
Carlos is a toddler who has malnutrition. Because of his malnutrition, Carlos has little energy to run around like other children of his age, and he also has a weakened immune system. If this ensues without treatment, this may cause Carlos to have increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and higher likelihood of dropping out of school. Carlos lives with his mother, brother, and extended family in his grandparent's house in rural Guatemala. He likes to play with toy cars. Since he was born, Carlos has had a lot of difficulty gaining and maintaining weight. Two months ago, Carlos started to experience episodes of seizures, vomiting, and diarrhea. He spent a month in a specialty in-patient malnutrition recuperation clinic. After he left the recuperation center, our medical partner's community health workers have been monitoring Carlos’s health closely. With the help from nutritionists, he will hopefully regain his vitality and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. Community health workers will also teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich and balanced diet with resources that they have so as to support Carlos's growth. In order to ensure Carlos is well-nourished, he needs continued nutritional supplementation and medical support. His mother’s limited income puts treatment for Carlos’s malnutrition out of his family’s economic reach without outside help. Our medical partner is requesting $437 to fund Carlos' nutrition supplementation. He will begin treatment on January 12.