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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New Publication: Implications of Gender on Child Nutrition

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Check out our newest publication by our research team! “Implications of gender and household roles in Indigenous Maya communities in Guatemala for child nutrition interventions” in the International Journal of Indigenous Health. By: Heather Wehr, Anita Chary, Meghan Farley Webb, and Peter Rohloff ABSTRACT: Guatemala’s Indigenous Maya population…

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