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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I work as advisor at Patzun Municipality, a local government in Guatemala.
We started working together with Wuqu' Kawoq' on 2011 when they decided to organize the event "Encuentro Futuros Colectivos: creando redes en Guatemala" in the Municipality.
The event was great because the number of presenters, the quality of then, the logistic and so on.
But another thing I was to enfasize is the profesionalism how they work and then compromise with the community.
After that event we organized also a Mayan Languajes Meeting two years ago and now we are preparing the next Encuentro Futuros Colectivos for this year.
So, thank you very much to all the people involve on Wuqu' Kawoq' projects!!!

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the privilege of working for Wuqu Kawoq in Guatemala providing medical care to indiginous patients via our wonderful interpreters as well as providing education to an organized midwifery group creating a foundation to improve healthcare in many of the rural areas. Most of these midwives are the epitome of the 'carry it forward' attitude that hopefully will advance education and share this information to improve healthcare for others in their communities. Education for these women then should improve the standard of living and basic healthcare for many in their communities. It is gratifying for us to help in any way!

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

Midwives trying to actively manage maternal hemorrhage; education regarding contraception options.

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

try to assist more often

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