Meet Damaris, a 20-year-old young woman who lives with her four siblings and parents in Guatemala’s rural highlands. Damaris has myopia, or nearsightedness, which means that she has difficulty seeing faraway objects. She requires a new pair of prescription glasses to help her see clearly. On June 12, Damaris will be fitted with a new pair of prescription glasses. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $552 in donations to help cover the costs of the glasses. "My family and I are so grateful for your help. I feel so happy," says Damaris.
Meet Draditza, a 34-year-old mother to three young children from Guatemala's rural highlands. Draditza is a homemaker, and she supports her family by selling cosmetic products. Draditza has struggled with her eyesight for many years but could not afford to get her eyes checked. Draditza recently visited a free clinic, where she was diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness. This means Draditza has difficulty seeing faraway objects. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, has arranged for Draditza to be fitted with prescription glasses on June 8. These glasses will cost $552 and will enable Draditza to see clearly and comfortably again. "I am very grateful to you all. You are angels for helping me," says Draditza.
Oscar is a 37-year-old man from Guatemala. He lives with his wife and two sons in the country's rural highlands. In When not working his job at a pharmacy, Oscar loves hanging out and playing with his children. A year ago, Oscar began having issues with his vision, but has not been able to afford a doctor's visit in order to get her eyes checked. A month ago, Oscar was able to go to a local clinic and receive an eye exam as well as a prescription for new eyeglasses. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $552 to cover the cost of Oscar's new glasses. He is scheduled to receive his new prescription on June 9 at our medical partner's care center, Intituto Panamericano. “This support is of great help to my family," Oscar says. "Because it is not possible for us to go to doctors appointments with the economic state in which we live right now.”
Elder is a 29-year-old man from Guatemala. He lives with his family in the country's rural highlands. Married with two children, Elder is the main provider for his family's needs. Since he was a little boy, Elder has struggled with his vision, but he was never able to afford a doctor's visit in order to get his eyes checked. A few years ago, he was able to go to a clinic and receive an eye exam and free pair of glasses. This prescription is now out of date, and Elder is in need of a new pair of glasses. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $552 to cover the cost of Elder's new glasses. He is scheduled to receive his new prescription on June 9 at our medical partner's care center, Intituto Panamericano. "I am very happy and grateful since I attended the clinic," Elder says. "After undergoing the exams and procedures I hope that I will receive glasses because it will help me greatly.”
Lesly is a 26-year-old woman from Guatemala. She lives with her husband and three young sons in the country's rural highlands. Since she was a little girl, Lesly has struggled with her vision, but she was never able to afford a doctor's visit in order to get her eyes checked. A few months ago, her eyes became irritated and red. She was able to go to a clinic and receive an eye exam, as well as a prescription for new eyeglasses. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $552 to cover the cost of Lesly's new glasses. She is scheduled to receive her new prescription on June 9 at our medical partner's care center, Intituto Panamericano. “Thank you to the institution for all the support you give to people of scarce resources," Lesly says.
María is a 52-year-old weaver from Guatemala who suffers from asthma. She has eight children and makes a living by weaving and selling the traditional Mayan textiles of her village. Ten years ago, María began to notice the onset of asthmatic symptoms. She experienced increased difficulty while breathing, had daily coughing fits, and tired easily from walking. Due to the treatment's expenses, María has never been able to see a doctor for her asthma. On June 9, María will receive treatment for acute asthma. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $422 to fund this treatment, which includes consultation and medications. This treatment will relieve María of her fatigue and coughing fits, thereby helping her work comfortably and take care of her family. María says, “I wish to be well and live for many more years so that I can see my grandchildren grow up and graduate from school.”
David is a 30-year-old man from Guatemala who lives with his family in the country's rural highlands. When David was just a baby, a small branch perforated his eyeball. He has had trouble with his eyesight ever since, having experienced a number of eye infections and still requiring eyeglasses in order to see. Today, his eye bothers him more than ever before, and his prescription has become ineffective in helping his vision. Having formerly never been able to afford a complete checkup, David was able to go to a free eye clinic one month ago and receive a full eye exam. The doctors at the clinic prescribed David a new pair of glasses, however he does not have the resources to purchase them. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $552 to cover the cost of David's new glasses and prescription lenses. He is scheduled to receive these glasses on June 9 at our medical partner's care center, Intituto Panamericano. These new glasses will help David to see better, supporting him in his work and daily life. “I will forever be grateful for this support," says David.
Erick is a one-month-old from rural Guatemala. His father works at a construction site and his mother cares for the family at home. Due to his mother's inability to produce breastmilk, Erick is already suffering from malnourishment. Underweight and small for his age, Erick often cries from hunger. His mother can only afford warm sugar water to soothe him, however this diet has dangerous implications for Erick’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation, dehydration, and seizures caused by electrolyte imbalances. Brain development is compromised, and the baby is at risk of long-term damage. In order to help stabilize Erick's condition, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to fund Erick's formal nutrition treatment. Scheduled to be administered by our medical partner's care center, Clinic Panajachel, on June 9, this treatment entails the distribution of formula, provision of micronutrient supplements, and health education for Erick's mother that will teach her to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son and monitor his health. Erick's mother says, “I am worried about my son because I do not have maternal milk." With formula and nutritional supplements, Erick's immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby.
Abner is a four-month-old baby boy from Guatemala's rural highlands. While his father works as a day laborer, his mother stays at home to take care of the family and sell hand-woven textiles. Abner is the fifth child in his family. Because Abner's mother cannot produce breastmilk, Abner is already malnourished. Underweight and small for his age, Abner often cries from hunger. His mother can only afford warm sugar water to soothe him, however this diet has dangerous implications for Abner’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances that can cause seizures and compromise brain development. To help his condition, Abner requires a formal nutrition plan, which he is scheduled to receive on June 9. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to fund formula, nutrient supplements, and health education for Abner's mother that will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son and monitor Abner's health. With this treatment, Abner’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby.
Heidy is an 8-year-old girl from Guatemala's highlands who has suffered from seizures for her entire life. Her father works in the countryside doing agricultural work, while her mother cares for Heidy at home and sells handmade bracelets in the local market. Heidy loves when her older sister sings to her and shows her stuffed animals. Due to her persistent seizures, Heidy has experienced developmental delays. Moreover, she struggles with her eating and is severely underweight. Heidy suffers from seizures on a daily basis, and, without medication, her health will continue to decline. As Heidy's family cannot afford to pay for medications that would halt her seizures, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,044 to help fund a full diagnostic examination and appropriate medications for Heidy. With the development of an appropriate treatment plan, the length and frequency of Heidi's seizures will hopefully be reduced, not only relieving Heidy's mother of her worries, but also improving the quality of Heidy's life as a whole.
Rosa is a 30-year-old single woman who lives in Guatemala’s rural highlands. She works as an assistant nurse, and she likes to create traditional embroideries in her free time. Rosa has always struggled with her eyesight, but she had formerly been unable to see a doctor for an eye examination. One month ago, Rosa had the opportunity to attend a free clinic to get her eyesight tested. At the clinic, Rosa was diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness. In order to fix her blurry vision and inability to see faraway objects, Rosa needs glasses. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $552 to fund Rosa's new glasses fit with prescription lenses, which she is scheduled to receive on June 9. "I thank the institution and the donors for giving me the opportunity to be the beneficiary of this support. For lack of economic resources I have been unable to go to a doctor about my vision problems. Thank you for this great help. I know I will be able to see better and I will continue to help other needy people with their health problems, " says Rosa.
Nery is a 16-month-old baby boy from Guatemala. He enjoys eating rice and beans, and playing with his sister. Nery's parents work hard to support their family. His father works as a day laborer, and his mother takes care of their household and weaves traditional Mayan textiles. Nery was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Nery has little energy to grow, and that his immune system is weak, leaving him vulnerable to diseases that further compromise his growth. He may also face long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ. Concerned for his well-being, his mother took Nery to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 22, Nery will receive micronutrients and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach his mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $492 requested will cover all expenses of his continued treatment, allowing him to gain weight, strengthen his immune system, and catch up with other children his age. Nery’s mother says, “I am grateful to the program because I am very concerned about my child not gaining weight."