Dec 18, 2017

Joyful home visits make healthy families!

home visits
home visits

Dear Friends,

Our Maya Health team is dedicated to bringing a joyful spirit to the homes of our patients during this holiday.

During our home visits, we provide monitoring weight and height, micronutrients, deworming and nutritional supplements. During the month of November, we did 540 homes visits! A visit normally lasts 45 minutes, and it is during this key period of time that our nutrition team provides one on one counseling on nutrition and child growth, we also teach women new recipes to add more nutritious foods to their diet and promote a healthier lifestyle for their families.

We are very happy to have the support of a great network of staff members that coordinate a sustaining nutritional surveillance with our nutrition specialist to detect and treat malnutrition cases. Every case we find is a child that we can help get back on their proper growth curve so their brain is growing right. This means a child a much better chance to reach their milestones, stay in school and learn!

DETECTING CASES OF MALNUTRITION, PROMOTING A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

We were happy to find Angel during one of our routine visits to the field.  We have helped him overcome the challenges of malnutrition.  He is a 4-year-old boy, who at 2 years of age fell into severe chronic malnutrition and moderate acute underweight, affecting both his height and weight. He was very, very ill. He lives on a rubber plantation in a small village with his parents, whom had heard about Maya Health's work and without hesitating they decided to enroll their son into our nutrition program.  With the help of our four essential interventions, Angel was able to reach a healthy nutritional status in a matter of months! This means brain growth!

During this season of hope and joy we believe that we can help make healthier families and communities by supporting childrens’ health and nutrition.  With YOUR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT, children will get the quality care they need to lead healthy, productive lives with futures full of possibilities. Thank you for your on-going support and dedication to the 1000s of children in Guatemala we have been able to help, because of you!

Happy holidays!

With much gratitude,

The team at Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq

home 1
home 1
home 2
home 2
healthy kids
healthy kids
angel
angel
Sep 18, 2017

Back to School Giving

Dear Friends,

It’s back to school time! For many of us, preparing our kids for another year of school is an exciting time that’s full of possibilities: learning, family, friendship, joy. But for many children in rural Guatemala, school is more of a dream than reality. Chronic illnesses like malnutrition keep kids at home, and keep their parents from earning enough to send them to school. With the prevalence of malnutrition, struggling to stay healthy is one of the biggest barriers to education that these children face.

Fortunately, primary school enrollment in Guatemala has increased substantially in recent years. However, only four out of ten children who start will finish primary school—indigenous girls, on average, only attend school for three years. If a child has the opportunity the attend school, the effects of chronic malnutrition take their toll. Malnutrition decreases children’s ability to concentrate, it lowers their productivity, makes them susceptible to illness, and can even cause a loss of intellectual quotient, which are irreversible effects that last a lifetime.

We want to support children’s education by giving them a chance at a healthy future. We are collaborating with communities and schools to bring children high-quality healthcare—giving children a chance to be healthy, grow strong and lead lives of amazing potential. But we need your help.

This month, we have an incredible opportunity for you to participate in the work Maya Health is doing. One of our longtime supporters has pledged $25,000 in matching fund during the month of September! This means any donation you make during the month of September will be matched dollar for dollar. For first time donors, our donor will match two dollars for every dollar. All the way up to $25,000!

Together we can make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable—take the example of Wilson in the photo below. Wilson is a 20-month-old boy who has fallen into the cycle of chronic malnutrition. Fortunately, in the short time that he has been in our program, Wilson has already gained 3 pounds and grown 3 centimeters! We are confident that Wilson’s improved diet and nutrition will help him to grow and develop healthily so that in a few short years he can attend preschool with the other children in his village.

By supporting childrens’ health we can get kids back in school and help keep them there. With your contribution, children will get the quality care they need to lead healthy, productive lives with futures full of possibilities.

With gratitude always,

The team at Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance

Jun 21, 2017

Appreciating our Community Health Workers

Karyn protecting herself from the rain!
Karyn protecting herself from the rain!

Dear Friends,

Our staff members on the ground in Guatemala are the engines that keep us going and make our work possible. They spend hours a day, rain or shine, traveling via crowded buses and moto-taxis to reach our patients. Today I’d like to introduce you to two of them!

Meet Karyn, one of our nutrition technicians and complex care coordinators. Karyn tells us, “I love my job because through my work I can reach people that no one else dares to see and treat diseases that the health system rejects and doesn’t treat. I like that at Wuqu’ Kawoq we are innovators and pioneers of many things, like our nutrition program, 10 years ago no one was talking about this but now our work is spreading to other organizations who are changing their methodologies to make a difference in the lives of children.” 

We also love what Irma, another one of our nutrition technicians, has to say about her job. “Each child is a story. The children in our program live within the means that their parents can provide, and although we encounter difficult and sad situations, the children continue to fight and recover little by little. Happiness, attentiveness, and love towards our children can also be the medicine that they need to be well and grow up healthy. I am thankful for the opportunity to live these beautiful experiences with the families in our programs, and especially with the children.”

We are pleased to report that over the past four months we have delivered water filters to over 120 families. Drinking contaminated water can have devastating consequences for malnourished children, inducing diarrhea and counteracting the effects of nutrition supplementation. Upon delivering the filters, our nutrition technicians engage parents in a discussion about how water becomes contaminated and what we can do, through good hygiene and using strategies such as water filtration, to protect and improve the health of our families. We believe that empowering families with education is just as important as equipping them with tools like water filters. Before receiving filters these families were either drinking and cooking with contaminated water or spending valuable time and energy boiling their water. Now they have a clean, reliable water source in their home. One of the mothers tells us, “I thank you with all my heart for the filter. It’s for my kids, but it will benefit me too.”

Thank you for your continued support. Without your donations, the work of community health workers like Karyn and Irma would not be possible. Thanks to you we are able to improve the lives of thousands of children and their families across Guatemala.

With gratitude,

The Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance Team

Learning about water contamination
Learning about water contamination
Using the filter for the first time
Using the filter for the first time
 
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