A Morning in the Life of a Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq Nutrition Intern

Alternate titles: How Kate gets thrown into the deep end on her first day in Guatemala, German learns to swear in English, Grace loves to eat snacks while on the job

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From Rhode Island to Tecpán

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Good afternoon! ¡Buenas tardes! Xqi q’aj k’a! In the first few weeks I have spent in Guatemala, I have already grown to love the country: the beauty of the mountains in every direction, the friendly and warm people, and the chance to learn about the rich multilingual and…

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Puente: Bridging the Gap

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“Puente” translates to “bridge” – a fitting name for Wuqu’ Kawoq’s newest partnership with Friendship Bridge. For the majority of rural, indigenous women, there are currently no opportunities to address their own health needs. This is why we joined with Puente de Amistad to create a program focusing…

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Peter from the Plane

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Our Chief Medical Office, Dr. Peter Rohloff, spends two weeks per month in Guatemala and the rest of his days teaching at Harvard Medical School, working the night shift at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, writing articles and reading books. Busy? We think not!…

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Importance of Community Participation

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A research study conducted by a staff member of Wuqu’ Kawoq, Anne Kraemer Diaz, was recently published regarding scientific integrity in community-based participatory research. In essence, active community participation is vital for promoting and maintaining scientific integrity, which in turn allows vulnerable populations to have a voice in…

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Yoli!

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Name Yoli Hometown Tecpán Background I was born in Tecpán as the youngest of 14 children. I have 7 brothers and 6 sisters. There is a 31 year age gap between me and the oldest sibling. By the time I was born, most of my siblings were already married…

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Carol!

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Name Carol Hometown Patzún Background I was born in Patzún, and I would say I had a good upbringing. I was studying and working a lot as a maid in someone’s house. I would leave school and work until 6 pm, and then come home and finish my…

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Mothers’ Impact on Water Filter Use

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A research study conducted in collaboration with Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (the School of Social Work and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) recently  highlighted the importance of family dynamics and gender roles in the use of bio-sand water filters in…

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From Humble Beginnings

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It is one in the morning. The streets of Santiago are bare and cold, with dimly lit streetlights flickering onto the concrete. Other than the occasional jolting sound of an engine as a tuc-tuc or motorcycle whizzes by, the air is calm and quiet. While most people are…

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Waleska!

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Name Waleska Hometown I was born in Patzún, Chimaltenango, Guatemala, but when I was 2 we fled to Mexico. That was when the civil war started. My parents were working in an NGO at the time, working on projects regarding health and community development. This was something that…

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