Get to know our Staff: Yolanda


This post by our medical students Sarah Messmer and Sarah Nelson

Sarah and I decided that we should spend a little time interviewing our amazing Guatemalan staff so that all of Wuqu’ Kawoq’s supporters can get to know their personalities a bit better. We started with Yoli, our nurse educator who teaches both the nutrition and women’s health courses. We asked a mix of serious and fun questions—we hope you enjoy it!

Name: Yolanda, or “Yoli” for short

Birthday: September 9th in the Gregorian calendar, 11 Tz’i in the Kaqchikel calendar (which is ironic, because “tz’i” means “dog”—and Yoli does not like dogs!)

Hometown: Tecpán, Guatemala

What do you like to do in your free time? I like to listen to music or go out with my sisters to have a cup of coffee.

What do you like most about your work with Wuqu’ Kawoq? I enjoy going out to the communities to share what I know with the mothers who live there. I’ve always enjoyed community work.

Which topic do you think is most important in the women’s health course? Cervical cancer is very important, because we otherwise don’t have very much information about it.

Which topic do you think is most important in the nutrition course? I think it is very important to talk about how to keep children healthy, so that they grow well and do not get sick.

Why do you think it is important to speak Kaqchikel in the classes and clinics? It is important to speak Kaqchikel so that we do not discriminate against those who do not speak Spanish. There is a lot of discrimination against those who only speak Kaqchikel, which is why many youths do not want to learn it. It is also important that we conserve our language. It is something that is ours—it is our mother language.

Which huipil (traditional woven blouse) is your favorite? I like the huipiles from San Antonio, and those with roses on them.

What would you like to say to all those who support WK? Thank you for your help, and for fighting to improve women’s health and nutrition in these communities. Without you and your support, we cannot do anything. Thank you.