Childhood malnutrition and stunting has been a focus for Wuqu’ Kawoq since the beginning. Despite the immense efforts and successes thanks to our supporters and staff, the obstacles imposed by COVID-19 on communities and the economy make the fight long from over.
Since COVID began, we have ramped up our efforts against malnutrition by supporting over 1,000 families with vitamin and nutritional supplements.
One child who began receiving nutritional support from Wuqu Kawoq in January 2021 is Nayla. She is 17 months old and is the fourth child in her family. Her family received 30 eggs, 30 supplements and two pounds of beans from Wuqu Kawoq every month during their five month nutrition intervention.
Our nutrition team tracked Nayla’s weight and height to make sure she was receiving effective care and so her family could see her progress.
Our work together was a success, her mother learned the best combinations of food and meal timing to help Nayla improve her height and weight.
The vaccination rate is inching up in Guatemala - roughly five percent of the population has received at least one dose - offering promise for improvement in the coming months. In the meantime, we will continue to partner with families to address surging malnutrition, particularly in rural areas, to help build a healthier future for Guatemala’s children.