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September 3, 2012

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September 3, 2012

This is a rare and much-needed health service in one of the most remote areas of the Western Hemisphere.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 24, 2012

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August 24, 2012

I had the experience of visiting Guatemala & touring this beautiful, but ravaged country, whose history of military unrest has devastated its people. WUKU KAWOQ is a non-profit organization which seeks to bring medical aid, nutrition, improved sanitation, and humanitarian aid to an indigenous group of Guatemalans. The updates on programs ( like the provision of Plumpy-Doz nutritional supplement to children) & pictures of the results in improved growth & health of children are inspiring. Being able to provide this in their native language has the advantage of increasing compliance with programs & improving their quality of life from infancy. WUKU KAWOQ is deserving of financial assistance for the benefits it brings to the people it serves.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 24, 2012

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August 24, 2012

I am a donor and would just like to say that helping this outstanding organization is very fulfilling to me. I know my money goes directly to where it can be used, with no middleman. I am kept always kept in the loop with reports and newsletters. I enjoy the correspondence, the pictures of the children, and the outstanding efforts of Wuqu Kawoq to provide quality medical care to these precious children.

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 30, 2012
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July 30, 2012
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Wuqu Kawoq has been the fulcrum for achieving greater health in their community, spreading that knowledge base into communities outside of their scope, and allowing college students to learn how to make a real impact in a respectful and viable manner. My name is Peter Maraccini, and I worked as a project director for a group of young students from the University of Illinois who brought biosand filters, a water treatment technology, to a few of the communities in which Wuqu Kawoq worked. Wuqu Kawoq's main priority was and has always been to serve the needs of their partner communities without compromising their current situation to invest in potential solutions. Instead, Wuqu Kawoq was very open and communicative in what we could and couldn't do, was with us from the beginning when we first discussed then implemented the biosand filters in the communities, and has continued to be present during assessments of their improved water quality and health. As a result, there are a couple hundred biosand filters in the Wuqu Kawoq's partner communities that are reducing gastro-intestinal and diarrhea-related diseases and improving the communities' overall quality of life. Additionally, the positive experiences of working with Wuqu Kawoq is shaping our group's future direction and has lead to a very positive impact in the education of numerous students. Thank you Wuqu Kawoq. Working with you has given me (and many more) and better understanding and capacity for making a real impact in the world.

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Unlikely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 17, 2012
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June 27, 2011

I have been working with Wuqu' Kawoq since nearly its inception, walked it through its incorporation and certification as a not-for-profit, and have watched it grow over the past few years. I have fi... more

July 17, 2012
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I have been involved in this work since its inception in 2007. As the treasurer since we started I can vouch that currently around 95% of every dollar collected in fundraising goes directly to patient care and community development projects. Our programs in water development have been amazing as we have used technology that has been around a long time and through the efforts of our volunteers improved its efficiency. Health care needs continue to outstrip resources, but each day holds opportunity to do real good in the lives of our patients. This is a work I personally support as a Sustaining Donor and am proud to have my name associated with this organization. 2012 and 2013 are years of consolidation as we continue to try to become better and more efficient at what we do and continue to forge Guatemalan network connections both with other organizations and with the government. I cannot speak more highly of this work.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 27, 2011

I have been working with Wuqu' Kawoq since nearly its inception, walked it through its incorporation and certification as a not-for-profit, and have watched it grow over the past few years. I have first hand knowledge that over 95% of the money donated goes directly to client services. There are always corporate costs, but these are kept to a minimum since all Board members and volunteers fund their own trips and service to the organization. Child nutritions, basic health care services, ongoing diabetic care, community water projects, emergency relief services, I've seen them all completed efficiently and in a context that fosters personal and community self-reliance and integrity. I donate each month to the cause and strongly recommend this to anyone seeking to invest in people's lives in a meaningful way.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own understanding that a few individuals can really make a difference, that ideals can be turned into concrete goals and implementable projects, and that long term success largely depends upon involving the community and receiving individuals in the process early on to insure they receive what they need, not what we think they need.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing different. This is a grassroots organization rooted in the communities we serve, providing services in a language they understand, and seeking to promote community wellbeing rather than our own personal agenda.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I was asked to become a board member early on.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Fund raising, we have the programs that have documented success, we just lake the resources to apply our models in other communities within Guatemala.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Remain true to our founding vision

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 17, 2012
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July 17, 2012
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WK does a GREAT job, pioneering native language health care delivery in Guatemala

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 19, 2011
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October 19, 2011
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As a donor, I had the chance to visit Wuqu' Kawoq this summer (2011) to see the child nutrition programs - community-based screening of child growth, micronutrient and nutrition supplementation, and deworming treatments.

What I saw was an organization that knows the in-depth issues facing
each community and is mastering the techniques of working in child health. I was impressed with the commitment and thoroughness of the local staff, community health workers, and Dr. Rohloff.

One of my favorite parts was talking to the moms about changes in their children since starting the nutrition program. Consistently mothers said, "They play more, they eat more, they have more energy."

During the visit, I was particularly interested in seeing the results of the program. Which I did. The results of Wuqu' Kawoq's work are not only shown in the documented increase of height, weight, and health of children but also in the eyes of their mothers.

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June 27, 2011
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June 27, 2011
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First learning about Wuku'Kawoq in its infancy, I have watched it grow from a tiny grassroots organization with minimal infrastructure, into a thriving force for the delivery of healthcare to the rural poor of Guatemala. One of the main reasons for its continuing growth, I believe, was the realization that, although Guaemala is considered a Hispanic country, many of their patients spoke very little Spanish. Its physicians and field workers therefore undertook the astounding feat of learning several Maya languages, in order to more effectively deliver their services. The positive impact it has had in just a few short years, is underscored by Wuqu' Kawoq's efforts to treat severe malnutrition there being featured as part of a special broadcast of "20/20" that kicked off ABC's year-long global health care campaign called "Be the Change: Save a Life.”

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through ABC's global health care campaign.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

consider adding some members to the Board who would devote time to development.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

childhood malnutrition

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 27, 2011

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June 27, 2011

I visited a rural town in Guatemala a few years ago and got to know many of the people there. This organization is great because it works with members of local communities to establish solutions to problems such as health and nutrition, and clean water. Some of their projects include diabetes care and education, child nutrition, water filters and midwife training. I really like the fact that the local community is strongly involved because that will help to create long term solutions for these problems, rather than just a band-aid.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I donated some money and viewed their progress through their many online updates through various mediums. They are easy to contact and will provide whatever information you seek.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would give it more funding so more individuals could be helped. I would also like to eventually see something like where are they now.....like, for example, after a few years what are the children you helped doing now kind of thing. I think that would be good to help show all the wonderful things they have acomplished.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Friends.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 27, 2011

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June 27, 2011

I had the opportunity to visit a remote Mayan village in Guatemala, several years ago, and observed first hand, the care provided, on a specific occassion, to 48 poor children, 1-5 years old, by medical examination and measurements of their growth against norms, and by interviewing their mother, on their medical history and diet. On that day, 12 children were determined to be mal-noursished, and I could see their orange hair and unhealthy faces. I was deeply moved and have been a supporter of Wuqu' Kawoq ever since!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I visited a remote poor jungle village in Guatemala and witnesssed a nutritious mixture of milk and ground corn offered to 12 malnourished Mayan children, medication and vitamins dispensed, and their mother coached to proper diet.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their visibility for boader fund raising to enable them to grow their activity and the good they do !

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Life-changing

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