Wuqu’ Kawoq

5,133 donors have funded healthcare for 1,349 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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Melany

Since her birth two months ago, Melany has been growing too slowly. Her mother has been unable to produce sufficient breast milk to nourish Melany. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration, as well as provoke electrolyte imbalances that can cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time can also be compromised, putting Melany at risk of long-term damage. To stabilize her condition, Melany was given a preliminary supply of formula. This will last until the nutritionist at our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, can create a nutritional plan and formally begin treatment. Melany lives with her parents and three siblings in rural Guatemala. Her father works driving cars and trucks, and her mother takes care of the home. Her parents do not have the financial resources to pay for the baby formula that Melany needs. Her family’s limited resources put treatment for Melany outside of economic reach. Watsi is asking for $1,107 to fund Melany's treatment, which will begin on January 30. Your donation will help supply Melany's mother with baby formula and health education, which will ensure Melany receives the calories she needs to grow and thrive. One-on-one education with Melany’s mother will teach her the signs of malnutrition and other illnesses, as well as how to create a nutritious, inexpensive diet for Melany. Melany’s immune system will strengthen, and she will grow to be a healthy, energetic baby. "We want Melany to become a nurse," say Melany's parents, "so that she can help others just as she is being helped."

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Karyn Dayana

Karyn Dayana is nine months old. She and her twin sister, also named Karyn, are only the size of healthy two-month-olds. Their mother cannot produce breast milk to feed her twins, so they are small and malnourished. Karyn Dayana lives on a limited diet, which is insufficient and has dangerous implications for her 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, so she is at risk of long-term damage. Karyn Dayana’s father works as a day laborer, and her mother works at home. Her family cannot afford to pay for her treatment. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), is requesting $1,107 to fund this treatment. To stabilize her condition, Karyn Dayana was given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until WK's nutritionist can create a nutritional plan and formally begin treatment on February 3. By supplying Karyn Dayana with formula and her mother with health education, Karyn Dayana will receive the calories she needs to grow and thrive. One-on-one education with Karyn Dayana’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her daughter. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Karyn Dayana’s immune system will strengthen, and she will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. Karyn’s mother says, “We are worried about our daughter’s health since she is so small and keeps getting sick. Before this, we had not thought to look for help since we live so far away from the community. We hope our twin daughters can get better and grow well so that they can someday have dignified jobs.”

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$380raised
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Karyn

Karyn is nine months old but is only the size of a healthy two-month-old. She and her twin, also named Karyn, are small for their age and very malnourished. Their mother cannot produce breast milk. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Karyn’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, so she is at risk of long-term damage. To stabilize her condition, Karyn was given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until our medical partner's nutritionist can create a nutritional plan and formally begin treatment. Karyn’s father works a day laborer, but he cannot afford to pay for her treatment. The family needs help to fund this intervention. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,107 to fund this treatment. She will begin treatment on February 3. By supplying Karyn with formula and her mother with health education, Karyn will receive the calories she needs to grow and thrive. One-on-one education with Karyn’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her daughter. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Karyn’s immune system will strengthen, and she will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. Karyn’s mother says, “We are worried about our daughter’s health since she is so small and keeps getting sick. Before this, we had not thought to look for help since we live so far away from the community. We hope our twin daughters can get better and grow well so that they can someday have dignified jobs.”

53% funded

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$595raised
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