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GlobeMed at the University of Texas - Austin partners with Wuqu' Kawoq in Tecpan, Guatemala to support clean water access programs.

GlobeMed at UT - Austin + Wuqu' Kawoq

Chapter
GlobeMed at the University of Texas – Austin | Austin, Texas

Partner
Wuqu’ Kawoq | Tecpan, Guatemala

Key Fact
Guatemala has the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the Western Hemisphere.

About the Partnership
Wuqu’ Kawoq is a non-governmental organization that provides quality healthcare to some of Guatemala’s most impoverished communities. Wuqu’ Kawoq’s approach is particularly important in their environment as they address and attempt to overcome cultural barriers to health, such as language and access. They are able to fuse medicine and their solutions to these healthcare hindrances to become “the first and only health organization in Guatemala that provides high-quality healthcare in Mayan languages”. Wuqu’ Kawoq has a diverse team of physicians, doctors, linguistics, and community health care workers that helps respectfully and sustainably contribute to the huge impact they have in the many communities they serve.

Project
The Unlocking H2O projects aims to unlock access to clean water in the Chiaj community in Central Guatemala where currently there is none. This access will provide a life changing and life saving solution to chronic malnutrition. Wuqu’ Kawoq started this water initiative in 2009 when water-borne illnesses were endemic in the communities in which they worked. In 5 years, they have successfully brought clean water to 7,500 people with 1,800 Biosand water filters and accompanying training programs aimed at teaching community members how to use and maintain the filters.

Wuqu’ Kawoq and GlobeMed at the University of Texas at Austin’s specific project aims to provide 44 new filters – 1 per household – to the Chiaj community so they will have to power to have 1,800 liters of clean drinking water every day. Wuqu’ Kawoq has previously worked in Chiaj on an active and successful malnutrition prevention program. Having already built trust within the community, Wuku’ Kawoq views Chiaj as the ideal location to start the water initiative. The active women’s health committee will work closely with Wuqu’ Kawoq to implement the program and ensure successful integration of the filters into daily life.

Impact
GlobeMed at The University of Texas at Austin pledges to raise $5,000 this year for Wuqu Kawoq’s Unlocking H2O Project. This program will provide access to clean water in Chiaj. This project will include the implementation of 44 water filters, along with training on their use and maintenance, to provide a life changing and life saving solution to chronic malnutrition.

Get Involved
Read GlobeMed at UT – Austin’s annual report and donate to their cause. Interested in joining the chapter? Contact [email protected].

  1. 2010-2011 Annual Report
  2. 2011-2012 Annual Report

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