Staff Spotlight: Meet Sandy!

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Name

Sandy

Birthday

November 24

Nahual (Mayan sign)

Iq’, which represents wind and rain.

Hometown

Comalapa

How long have you been with Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK)?

For 2 years.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to be with my family.

What is your favorite place in Guatemala?

I like being in my own town, in Comalapa. It’s very tranquil.

What is your role within WK?

I am a professional nurse and I lead the women’s health and diabetes programs.

Which locations do you work?

I work in Comalapa, Paya’, Tecpán, Paquip, Chichimuch, and Santiago Sacatepéquez.

Describe a typical week working with WK.

The first day of the week, I visit Santiago Sacatepéquez to meet with diabetic patients to examine their blood sugar, blood pressure, etc. and I educate them about exercising and taking their medication. Sometimes, we change the medication depending on what the patient needs. After, I go to Paya’ to help with women’s health, especially with family planning and prenatal care. In Chichimuch, I do much of the same as in the other towns. Thursdays, I go to Paquip to meet with patients concerning women’s health, doing visits with the patients in the clinic and, at times, in their homes. Fridays, I am usually in the office for meetings with the team and catching up on data entry and patient information in our medical record database.

What do you like most about your work with WK?

I can help the people who need it the most.

Why do you think it is important to speak Kakchikel in education classes and clinics?

I can help people in the language, and because of that, they trust us more. It’s much easier for them to speak in their native language. I did not have to learn Kakchikel because my family speaks it, but we didn’t speak it all the time. Now working with Wuqu’ Kawoq, I speak it even more.

How would you like to see WK grow in the future?

I would like to see it expand to other places. There are many more places that also need help.

What would you like to say to all those who support WK?

Thank you for your support. It has helped many people in rural areas, and we have accomplished a lot for the people who truly need the help. Your support is very important for the work we do in order to help and empower our communities. You enable us to be here to help them.