Wuqu’ Kawoq

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Wuqu’ Kawoq was founded in 2007 by a group of development workers to create high-quality solutions to community health problems for Guatemala’s indigenous populations.

Wuqu’ Kawoq has been recognized by Great Nonprofits as a Top-Rated Organization. They were also featured on ABC News for their amazing work treating the problem of stunted growth in Guatemala.

Wuqu’ Kawoq is doing big things, and they are committed to complete transparency and accountability. Their annual reports and financial information are available for download on their website.

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Miguel

Miguel is a seven-month-old baby from Guatemala. He is the fifth child in his family. His mother works at home to take care of their family, and his father is a day laborer. Miguel’s mother experiences lactation failure, which means that she cannot produce breast milk. This causes Miguel and his twin brother Eduardo to be underweight and small for their age. Because of this, Miguel often cries from hunger, and his mother uses the only substance she can afford––warm sugar water––to soothe him. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Miguel’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. It can also provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, and Miguel is at risk of long-term damage. To stabilize his condition, Miguel was given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until our medical partner's nutritionist can create a nutrition plan and formally begin treatment. Although lactation failure is dangerous, it is thankfully easy to treat. On February 14, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will begin supplying Miguel's mother with formula and health education so that Miguel will receive the calories he needs to grow and thrive. Wuqu' Kawoq is requesting $1,107 for the treatment. One-on-one education with Miguel’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Miguel’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. Miguel’s mother says, “I am very worried for my son because he is not growing. I dream for my son to grow up well, study, and one day become a teacher.”

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Eduardo

“I am very worried for my son because he is not growing,” Eduardo’s mother, a native of Guatemala, shares. At seven months old, Eduardo is already malnourished. His mother cannot produce breastmilk, so he and his twin brother Miguel are underweight for their age. Eduardo often cries from hunger, and his mother uses the only substance she can afford––warm sugar water––to soothe him. This limited diet has dangerous implications for Eduardo’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration and can provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, putting Eduardo at risk of long-term damage. Eduardo’s father is a day laborer, while his mother takes care of their four children. Because of the family’s lack of resources, they need financial assistance to afford treatment for Eduardo’s malnutrition. For $1,107, we can provide them with the help they need. To stabilize his condition, Eduardo has been given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until our medical partner's nutritionist can create a nutrition plan and formally begin treatment on February 14. One-on-one education between a community health worker and Eduardo’s mother will teach her how to provide a healthy but inexpensive diet for her son. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Eduardo’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. “I dream for my son to grow up well, study, and one day become a teacher,” Eduardo’s mother says.

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Roberto

Only one month old, baby Roberto lives with his parents, older brother, and extended family in his grandmother’s house in rural Guatemala. His father works hard but earns little as an agricultural day laborer, and his mother takes care of the home. Roberto's mother has been unable to produce sufficient breast milk to nourish him—a condition known as lactational failure. She has been feeding him boiled water. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Roberto’s health. Lactational failure can lead to starvation, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time can also be compromised, putting Roberto at risk of long-term damage. Roberto needs baby formula, but his parents already have difficulty providing for the everyday needs of their family. His family’s limited resources put treatment for Roberto outside of economic reach without outside intervention. Lactation failure, while dangerous, is easy to treat. Baby formula will provide Roberto with the calories he needs to grow and thrive. One-on-one motivational education for Roberto’s mother will teach her how to create a nutritious, inexpensive diet for Roberto. Roberto’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow to be a healthy, energetic baby. Watsi's medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, will formally begin his treatment on February 22. Roberto's family needs help raising the $1,107 to pay for the nutritional support that he needs. Roberto's mother shares, "My desire is that he will be able to grow well, to be able to go to school to study a lot so that he can become an engineer."

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Edwin

Edwin is a three-month-old baby from Guatemala and the second child in his family. His mother works at home to take care of the family, and his father is a day laborer. Edwin's mother cannot produce breastmilk, so Edwin is underweight and small for his age. As a result, he often cries from hunger, and his mother uses the only substance she can afford––warm sugar water––to soothe him. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Edwin’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. It can also provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, and Edwin is at risk of long-term damage. Fortunately, lactation failure is easy to treat. By supplying Edwin with formula and his mother with health education, our medical partner can provide Edwin with the calories he needs to grow and thrive. One-on-one education with Edwin’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illnesses. Edwin’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. However, due to the family’s lack of resources, they cannot afford their son's treatment. For this reason, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to fund the treatment, which is scheduled to start on February 27. "I am very worried about my son, and I hope that he can get better soon, for I dream for him to grow up well, study hard, and one day be a professional," says Edwin's mother.

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Lucas

Two-year-old Lucas lives with his family in the rural highlands of Guatemala. He loves to eat bananas and eggs and enjoys playing with his plastic toy horse. His mother works taking care of their family’s household, and his father works as a day laborer. Lucas’s parents are very worried about him because he is not gaining weight. Underweight and small for his age, Lucas has malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too few calories and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Lucas has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak. He may 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 coordinated by Watsi's medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will help Lucas 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 to create a nutrient-rich diet, even with limited resources. Lucas's parents do not have the financial resources to pay for the malnutrition treatment that he needs. They will need help raising $782 to pay for his care, which is scheduled to begin on February 28. "I am worried about my son’s health, but I am willing to do anything to see him get better," shares Lucas's mother. "I hope that with this treatment he will be healthier."

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