Every year, we collaborate with our partner on a project of their choosing which is catered specifically for the community they serve. Here, you can find examples of our past projects as well as our current focuses.
Current Project: Guatemala (Wuqu' Kawoq)
CRITICAL CARE (2018-19) This year, our project focuses on helping Wuqu' Kawoq expand their critical care program in order to make healthcare more accessible to the Indigenous Mayan population in rural Guatemala. This project aims to provide ambulance service to the community as well as act to enhance their prevention and treatment programs. Our goal this year is to raise $8,000 and we need your help to reach this goal!
Past Projects: Guatemala (Wuqu' Kawoq)
DIABETES TREATMENT & PREVENTION (2017-18) This is our third year with our partner, Wuqu' Kawoq! Our project aims to provide 50 patients with adequate diabetes care for 1 year. The number of patients with Type 2 diabetes in Guatemala is expected to double in the next 20 years. Currently, Wuqu' Kawoq provides care for 150 patients with Type 2 diabetes and hopes to double the number of patients they serve. All patients are offered free, standard-of-care services which include regular medical check up, home education visits, laboratory testing, medication and supplies, and screening for diabetes complications. Through educational home visits, Wuqu' Kawoq is able to build a trusting relationship with their patients. The patients in turn are more likely to adopt healthier behavior such as incorporating more exercise and healthy eating habits. We raised over $8,000 for this project!
WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (2016-17) In 2016, we raised $12,000 to help Wuqu' Kawoq improve access to better family planning tools such hormonal implants and IUDs. These long-acting reversible contraceptives are more effective as they do not need to be frequently replaced. Due to the limited access to healthcare and cultural norms, these discreet contraceptives allow the indigenous Mayan women to plan their pregnancies. Wuqu' Kawoq was able to purchase at least 200 contraceptives for their patients. The women that receive these contraceptives will not only have control over their own bodies but they will be able to better to support their families and their children.
WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS (2015-16) We have begun a new partnership with Wuqu' Kawoq also known as Maya Health Alliance! Our project was aimed focused on unlocking access to clean water within the Central Guatemalan community of Chiaj. We worked alongside our partner and supported their clean water initiative with the installation of 44 new BioSand water filters within the community. If properly maintained, these filters have a life span of 10 to 15 years and allows each household to have 40 L of clean drinking water a day. Furthermore, this project created additional awareness and education for clean water, but it also enhanced the pre-existing nutrition programs that are implemented in the area. We surpassed our goal of $5,000 to make this project a reality!