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. 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 This prescription is now out of date, and Elder is in need of a new pair of glasses.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.”
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.
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.
Victor is a fourteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother and two sisters in Guatemala's rural highlands. Although Victor has had many health problems, he studies persistently because he wants to become a doctor one day. Two years ago, Victor contracted gangrene, and the doctors had to amputate his leg. As a result of the amputation, Victor has difficulty with his mobility and struggles every day with walking around his house and getting to school. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,166 to fund Victor's prosthetic, which he is scheduled to receive on June 9. This will cover the cost of the prosthetic, along with the expenses of fitting and molding sessions. Victor says, “When I grow up I wish to study a lot and become a doctor. Since I was a kid I have always gotten very sick and I was always in the hospital. I met lots of great doctors and because of that I wish to be a doctor so that I can help people and then I can also take care of my Mom like she does for us.” Receiving this prosthetic will help Victor move feely like he used to so that he can continue to study and eventually achieve his dreams.
28-year-old Merida lives with her parents and eight-year-old son in Guatemala’s rural highlands. After a recent visit to a free clinic, Merida was diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness. This means that Merida struggles to see objects that are far away. Through our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, Merida is scheduled to have an eye evaluation and get fitted for prescription lenses on June 12. She is asking for $552 to cover the total cost of her treatment. Merida shares that her greatest dream is to support her son so that he can grow up happy and have the opportunity to pursue his dreams and goals.
José is a 79-year-old elderly man who lives with his wife in Guatemala's rural highlands. He and his wife have six children, but only one daughter still lives with them. José used to work as a day laborer, planting and cultivating crops in the local countryside, until an accident that caused him to lose one of his legs rendered him unable to work. Although José's wife began to work in the local market immediately following the accident, the couple still does not have the resources to pay for a prosthetic leg. On June 9, José will receive a specially molded leg fit just for him. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,166 to fund the prosthetic leg, hospital stay, and transportation to fitting and molding sessions. With a prosthetic, José hopes that he will be able to find ways to support his family again. He states, “I hope that with this I will be able to walk well and that I can then help my wife.”
Virginia is a five-month-old baby girl living in rural Guatemala. She was born to a single mother who stays home to care for her. Unfortunately, Virginia's mother cannot produce breast milk, which has made it difficult for Virginia to receive the nourishment that she needs in her early months of life. Because of this, Virginia was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Virginia has little energy to grow, and that her immune system is weak, leaving her vulnerable to diseases that could further compromise her growth. If left untreated, she may also face the long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ. Concerned for her well-being, her mother took Virginia to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 13, Virginia will receive micronutrients, formula, and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach her mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $1,162 requested will cover all expenses of her continued treatment, allowing her to gain weight, strengthen her immune system, and catch up with other children her age. Virginia’s mother says, “I am scared because I do not have breast milk to give my daughter, and we are of scarce resources so I cannot afford to buy her much. I dream to see my daughter grow up well so that she can study and in the future become a teacher.”
Magali is a 28-year-old woman from Guatemala. Magali is single and lives with her parents in Guatemala's rural highlands. With a passion for studying, Magali is taking weekend university classes, while working a full-time job and assisting with her family's business. Magali has always had problems with her sight, but she has never been able to afford a visit to an eye doctor. However, a month ago, Magali was able to get her vision checked at a free clinic. In this visit, she was diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness. Through our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, Magali is scheduled for an eye evaluation and to receive prescription lenses on June 12. She is requesting $552 to cover the total cost of her treatment. With a pair of glasses to fix her blurry vision, Magali will more easily be able to work, study, and support her family.