Wuqu’ Kawoq

4,993 donors have funded healthcare for 1,253 Wuqu’ Kawoq patients in Guatemala.

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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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Yaneli

Yaneli is an eight-year-old girl from Guatemala. She often feels too tired to play or go to school. She also experiences frequent headaches. Yaneli has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. She has little energy to grow, and her immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. She is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, she began malnutrition treatment on December 23, 2016. Yaneli lives with her mother and two brothers in rural Guatemala. She is a sweet girl who loves to play with her little brother. She just finished second grade at her local elementary school. Yaneli's mother is a single parent who works hard to provide for her children. Unfortunately, she cannot afford healthcare. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $512 to fund Yaneli's treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Yaneli recover. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age, and her immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach her mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Yaneli a chance to grow healthy and strong. "I looked for your help because I don't have the resources that my daughter needs in order to be treated," says Yaneli's mother. "My wish is that she can get better and grow so that she can become a professional."

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Gabriela

Gabriela is suffering from chronic malnutrition, a condition that results from not getting a diet rich in protein and nutrients. Because of malnutrition, Gabriela is the size of a healthy 10-month-old, despite being 17-months-old. Her poor diet has also weakened her defenses, making her body unable to fight off and prevent frequent colds, coughs, and gastrointestinal infections. She has little energy to grow and play, and her appetite is reduced--further worsening her malnutrition. Gabriela lives with her family in a humble home made of cinderblocks with a tin roof. Her father works as a day laborer, earning only a couple dollars per day. Her mother works all day taking care of her, cooking, and cleaning for the family. Despite all their hard work, they cannot afford to give her even one egg, fruit, or vegetable per day--making it impossible for her to gain weight and grow taller without treatment. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Gabriela recover from malnutrition. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age. Her immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake, giving her more of an appetite and energy to grow and play. Her parents will receive the support they need to feel empowered to give Gabriela the diet she needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will give Gabriela the chance to live a healthy and productive life.

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Gesilia

Gesilia, an 18-month-old girl, has not been growing as she should. Since her parents can't afford to give her a diet rich in protein, fruits, and vegetables, she has fallen into chronic malnutrition. This has not only made her unable to grow bigger and taller, but has left her mental and motor development delayed--she still cannot walk, and never learned to crawl. Her chronic lack of nutritious foods has also weakened her immune system, making her more susceptible to frequent illness and leaving her without the energy to grow and play. If she does not receive treatment, she could face permanent consequences such as low IQ, behavioral disorders, and an increased risk of chronic diseases as an adult. Gesilia lives with her family in a one-room home with a tin roof and a dirt floor. She loves to play with her doll, named Teti, which is her only toy. Her favorite food is scrambled eggs with cheese, but since her family cannot afford to feed her that very often. In fact, her family cannot afford to give her even one fruit, vegetable, or egg per day. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Gesilia recover from malnutrition. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age. Her immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake, giving her more of an appetite and energy to grow and play. Her parents will receive the support they need to feel empowered to give Gesilia the diet she needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will give Gesilia the chance to live a healthy and productive life.

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Maria

Even though Maria is 13 months old, she is the size of a healthy 6 month old. This is because her parents have not been able to afford to feed her a diet rich in calories, protein, and nutrients. This has not only prevented her from growing, but has weakened her immune system and caused her developmental delays. This means she is frequently sick and does not have the energy to play, or learn to crawl or walk. If she does not receive treatment, she could face permanent consequences--such as a low IQ, and a risk of having diabetes or hypertension as an adult. Maria lives with her family in a humble one-room house made of wood and tin. Her father works as a day laborer on a rubber plantation--often earning only a dollar or two per day, when there is work for him. Her mother works taking care of her, cooking, and cleaning. Despite their hard work, they cannot afford to give Maria the minimum she needs to recover--one fruit, vegetable, and egg per day. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Maria recover from malnutrition. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age. Her immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake, giving her more of an appetite and energy to grow and play. Her parents will receive the support they need to feel empowered to give Maria the diet she needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will give Maria the chance to live a healthy and productive life. Her mother said, "I'm worried about my daughter's growth. I can see that she isn't growing. My dream is to see her recover her height and weight so it doesn't affect her in the future."

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Josue

Josue is almost 22 months old, but he is only the size of a healthy nine-month old. He has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Josue began malnutrition treatment on November 17, 2016. Josue lives with his parents and paternal grandparents in an adobe house with a tin roof. He loves to play with his ball and eat black beans. He is an only child, but his mother is currently pregnant with another child. She can no longer work on the plantation with her husband. While Josue's parents want the best for their son, their resources are already stretched thin. They cannot afford to pay for his $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Josue recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Josue a chance to grow healthy and strong. "I never had a higher level of education, so I have not been able to work anywhere but the fields," says Josue's mother. "I want my son to grow well, so he can study and have a good profession and the opportunities that we have not been able to have."

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