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 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.
Meet Maria, a baby girl from Guatemala. She is the sixth child in her family, and she is adored by her entire family. Maria's mother cannot produce breastmilk. Baby Maria often cries from hunger, and her mother uses warm sugar water to soothe her. However, a lack of nutrients means that Maria is not growing, her brain development is compromised, and she is malnourished. Without the appropriate nutrients and a treatment plan, Maria is at risk of long-term damage. However, we can give Maria a chance to grow into a strong, healthy, and energetic baby by supporting her treatment plan. Maria will begin nutritional supplementation on February 2 at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Panajachel. As part of her treatment, Maria's mother will receive a supply of baby milk formula and other nutritional supplements. Nutritionists will also visit their home and teach Maria's mother how to provide a nutritious diet for her daughter. A community health worker will monitor baby's Maria's growth and development. With a limited income, Maria's family cannot afford this treatment. To help Maria, our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,107 in funding. Maria's mother wishes for her baby daughter to get healthier. She dreams for "her to be a good student and to have a stable job.”
Wilson is a twelve-year-old boy from rural Guatemala. He likes to play with toy cars and go to church with his family. His favorite foods include chicken, eggs, and bread. When he was just three days old, he became very sick. He spent a month in the hospital because he was experiencing jaundice and seizures. After being released from the hospital, he continued to experience regular fevers and missed several developmental milestones. At one year old, he weighed only eight pounds and was unable to speak or sit up on his own. Doctors have since learned that the seizures caused Wilson irreparable brain damage. Although he no longer experiences seizures, he cannot speak and uses hand signals to communicate with his family. In June of last year, Wilson received Watsi funding for [physical therapy](https://watsi.org/profile/8dfb4cfee510-wilson) to help him grow stronger and communicate more easily. His family reported that the therapy made his arms stronger. Although physical therapy was very helpful in improving Wilson’s life, he is still confined to his home. Any time Wilson needs to leave his house, his family has to carry him, which is becoming increasingly difficult as he grows. Wilson’s father works on a farm growing corn and beans, and his mother takes care of Wilson and the house. Their family cannot afford to buy a wheelchair. For this reason, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,034 to fund a wheelchair for Wilson. The wheelchair will allow him to travel to doctor’s appointments more easily and participate in community life. "I am very happy, and I hope that everything will keep getting better," says Wilson's mother.
Juan is a 78-year-old man from Guatemala. He lives with his wife in a rural part of the country, where he has worked for decades in agriculture. Recently, Juan was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is a very common and very treatable form of cancer. In its early stages, symptoms include painful urination and discomfort in the groin area. Without treatment, it spread to other parts of the body. Recently, Juan has been unable to work because of his symptoms. Doctors have scheduled a surgery on January 31 to remove the cancer. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $910 to fund his surgery. "I will fight until I'm able to get better," says Juan.
Edwin is ten months old and has malnutrition. He lives with his parents in rural Guatemala. He loves his teddy bear and toy car, and his favorite foods are mandarin oranges. Edwin is the only child of his doting parents. His father works in agriculture, and his mother takes care of Edwin and their home. In the short term, malnutrition means Edwin has little energy to grow and that his immune system is weak. If Edwin 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 Edwin recover. On February 16, he will begin treatment with our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. During the program, community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. Wuqu' Kawoq is requesting $437 to fund his treatment. During treatment, Edwin 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. "We are thankful to God for the great blessing we have been given," says his father.
Anderson is eleven months old and has malnutrition. He lives with his family in rural Guatemala. He likes to eat papaya and play cars and is learning to stand up on his own. In the short term, malnutrition means Anderson has little energy to grow and that his immune system is weak. If Anderson 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 Anderson recover. He will begin treatment on February 16. While Anderson’s mother cares deeply for her son and is eager to keep learning about nutrition, she cannot afford Anderson's care. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $437 to fund his treatment. During treatment, Anderson 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.
Meet Wilfred, a three-year-old boy from rural Guatemala, where he lives with his mother, older brother, and grandparents. He was recently diagnosed with acute malnutrition. With little energy to grow and a weakened immune system, Wilfred is left vulnerable to illnesses that will further compromise his growth. Since discovering that Wilfred has acute malnutrition, Wilfred's mother has become very worried. Unfortunately, she cannot afford treatment for Wilfred without outside help. As a solution, the family is working with our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. On February 10, Wilfred will begin to receive treatment for his malnutrition. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Wilfred recover. The treatment will not only help him grow healthier, but also provide Wilfred's family with the tools to create and maintain nutritious diets. Our medical partner is requesting $782 in funding. "I would like to help him be a strong boy and for him to play with his cousins and his brother," says Wilfred's mother.
Silvestre is a 59-year-old man. He lives in rural Guatemala and works as a pastor. He loves serving his congregation. Silvestre has a hernia, which occurs when an internal organ protrudes through the abdominal muscles. He is often uncomfortable and in pain, limiting his ability to work. Without treatment, his hernia will likely grow, and complications could arise. Surgery for hernias is very effective and often accomplished without even an overnight stay in the hospital. Repair surgery will allow Silvestre to live without pain and to be present for his congregation and family. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $400 to fund this treatment. Silvestre will undergo surgery on February 9. Silvestre says, "I am happy that this is operable, and that I can leave this thing that has been bothering me for good. If everything goes well, I will keep working in the church and supporting my family."
Brenda is a nine-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. She lives with her parents and three older siblings. On Sundays, her family enjoys being together and attending mass. Brenda's favorite foods are hard boiled eggs and bananas. Brenda was recently diagnosed with malnutrition. On February 16, Brenda will begin treatment at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Tecpán. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $437 to cover the costs of nutrient and food supplementation. This will also pay for an education program that will teach her mother how to create a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. "I am very happy, because I hope that through the program, my daughter will be able to improve her development," says Brenda's mother.
Juan is a 47-year-old father of two from Guatemala. He makes a living selling gum and candy to markets across the countryside. Juan has been living with diabetes for the past 12 years. He had to have his right leg amputated due to diabetes-related complications. This made walking a challenge, but in 2015, Watsi donors funded a [prosthetic leg](https://watsi.org/profile/df20f5cc6ba4-juan) that allowed Juan to maintain his mobility and independence. Unfortunately, after battling an infection for half a year, he also had his left leg removed. This procedure was life-saving, but it rendered him immobile again. Juan needs a wheelchair to be able to move on his own. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is asking for $327 to help pay for a wheelchair and its delivery. This will allow Juan to return to work and move around independently. Juan is already thankful for all the support Wuqu' Kawoq has provided. Juan shares, "My dream is to be able to have a wheelchair to be able to move myself from one place to another."
Ramon is 55 years old and a father of four. He lives with his wife and children in a humble home in Guatemala. His favorite sport is soccer, and his favorite food is watermelon. Ramon was diagnosed with diabetes eight years ago. He used to have government-sponsored health insurance working as a day laborer, but after Ramon retired three years ago, he lost his health benefits. Now, with uncontrolled diabetes, Ramon's family cannot afford to pay for treatment. Diabetes causes frequent urination, weight loss, hunger, fatigue, and blurred vision. If left untreated, it can also cause cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, foot damage and amputation, and an early death. Funding of $1,500 will give Ramon the support he needs to finally manage his diabetes. On February 13, he will begin to receive the medicines and education he needs to adequately manage his condition in the future. Once his glucose levels normalize, he will no longer be at risk of dangerous blood sugar highs, and his energy will improve. The treatment will give him energy to participate in family life. “I want to be able to do all the things I used to, like playing soccer," he says. "I want to be better so that I can work without worrying about health complications.”
Carlos is a one-month-old baby boy from Guatemala. His lives with his parents and eight older siblings. His father works as a day laborer, and his mother is a homemaker. Carlos is experiencing lactational failure. He does not receive proper nutrients due to his mother's inability to produce sufficient breast milk. To stabilize his condition, Carlos was given a preliminary supply of formula, but his parents cannot afford to buy a continuous supply. On February 16, Carlos will begin treatment at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Miller. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,107 to cover the cost of Carlos's nutritional supplements. Funds will also go toward a nutrition education program for his mother. "I want to thank you for the help Carlos will receive," says Carlos's mother. "God bless you for what you do."
Flavio is a nine-year-old boy who needs a wheelchair. He has Down Syndrome and cannot walk without support. Currently, Flavio's parents carry him, but this is becoming increasingly difficult as Flavio grows and gains weight. Flavio lives with his parents, little brother, and older sister in rural Guatemala. His father is a farmer, and his mother takes care of their home. She carries Flavio to physical and language therapy, which was [funded](https://watsi.org/profile/4136f70e9432-flavio) by Watsi. Unfortunately, Flavio is becoming increasing confined to his home. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,034 to fund a wheelchair for Flavio. Flavio will continue going to therapy and will once again be able to participate in community life outside the home.