Lauren Looks Back at Her Time in Guatemala

Our intern from Mayo Clinic worked with our women's health program for 1 month. Here is her reflection on her time with us.

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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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“A Day For the Kids to be Happy”

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Yesterday was a jam-packed day with Wuqu’ Kawoq. We left Tecpan at eight in the morning, on our way to Chutinamit, our first community visit of the day. Upon arriving in Chutinamit, we were immediately greeted with loud music, little kids in costumes, and plenty of smiling faces….

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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…

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A Day with Wuqu’ Kawoq and Mayan Families

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Our wonderful nutrition educator, Karyn, held a class in San Antonio Palopó, Solola near Lake Atitlán, with a community of Mayan mothers last week. She explained the importance of proper nutrition and healthy eating for their families and children. Nutrition is especially important for young children from birth…

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Why we Give to Maya Health Alliance

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Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with some of our incredible Maya Health Allies, Jim and Linda Farley, from Texas. They have been generous team members and I wanted to understand why their hearts were called to our work in Guatemala. Here is what Linda and Jim had…

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