WUQU KAWOQ SA

Rating: 5 stars   66 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services

Location: PO Box 91 % Russell Rohloff Bethel VT 05032 USA

Mission: The NGO Wuqu’ Kawoq is committed to facilitating excellence and linguistic competence in medical care delivery in the indigenous highlands of Guatemala. There are currently few medical programs in Guatemala that provide care or educational in indigenous Mayan languages. We believe that the provision of first language services is the first step toward excellent care. We cultivate partnerships and fund targeted projects at the intersection of indigenous language rights, literacy, and the provision of medical care. Such projects include: primary care systems development, support for indigenous community health workers, dissemination of written medical resources in indigenous Mayan languages, and literacy and continuing-education training for community health practioners.
Results: We have especially developed expertise in the areas of child malnutrition treatment and prevention, maternal-child health programs, diabetes and chronic disease management,
Target demographics: Kaqchikel and K'ichee' speaking indigenous communities in Guatemala.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 15,000
Geographic areas served: Guatemala
Programs: Child Nutrition Clean Water Diabetes Language Revitalization Rural Health Services Women's Health Prenatal Care Publishing
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

These volunteers are doing such a great job for a truly needy people I didn't hesitate to try to help. they recently started (or just found out about it recently) a campaign for folks to "Brown Bag" periodically and send in the money you saved. Very clever concept and I am jumping right in.Keep up the good work and don't get fatigued, remember the opportunity to receive blessings by helping the people allows us little couch potatoes get blessed too! THANKS!

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I observed first hand, women and children in Guatemala patiently waiting in line for their turn to see the doctor. He had great patience himself; he saw each woman, each child. Most complaints were stomach aches due intestinal parasites. Vitamins were given to the children. The women were so stoic - all wanted their children to be seen with little thought for themselves. Lists were kept; complete documentation of who was seen and when and what complaints. Referrals were made which the non profit would see to it that appointments were kept. The women and children had trust in the medical team - it was a hot day, a long line and all were seen. The clinic was held in a small cinder block home; the non profit is raising money to build a clinic with weekly supportive care,

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I have witnessed first hand the caring and compassionate work of Wuku Kawoq as evidenced by a small medical clinic in an impoverished village of Socorro. Long lines of women with children waited patiently to be seen by the volunteer doctor and aide - the day was hot; each client was seen; vitamins and iron pills were dispensed as needed after blood tests were done; cases of worms and lice were seen. The doctor and his aide knew the native language and were able to fluently discuss symptoms with the women and children. This was just one of several clinics administered by Wuku Kawoq. The NGO believes in the people learning to help themselves. Examples: Constructing water filters after introduction and information by Wuku Kawoq to help eliminate diarrhea and intestinal diseases; young Maya women studying maternal and infant health; instruction and education for Maya midwifery, demonstration farms for indigenous to learn better productivity for cacao, bananas and coffee. Wuku Kuwoq is able to retain the loyalty and continued help of all who have volunteered and interned with the NGO. Grants and donations are invaluable to keep up ongoing projects - the board and staff immediately got to work with supplies, water, food, medicines and physical help when the recent hurricane devastated Guatemala - their help and aid knows no bounds. A very important endeavor is the continued study of all volunteers to learn the native dialects to better connect with people. Wuku Kawoq is truly a NGO to be proud of.

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Socorro and Chocola, Guatemala

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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I had the good fortune to listen to a talk given by the founders of this organization at our university - I was very impressed with the level of involvement, care, and attention to local values and languages and integration with evidence-based medical care. As a donor, I appreciate learning exactly how our funds have helped serve individuals as well as the advancement of knowledge that will sustain change in this area of the world. I appreciate the humanitarian approach and the long-term change that I see.

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

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Life-changing

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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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2012

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

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2010

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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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Life-changing

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2012

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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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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.

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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Likely

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

Life-changing

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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

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

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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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