Approximately 100 babies per month between the ages of 6 months and 36 months and their mothers in Llanos del Pinal, Buena Vista, La Victoria, Xeabaj II, and Pujujil participate in the Nutrition Program. Pop Wuj provides monthly education, height and weight checks, nutrition consults, various nutritional supplements, and medical treatment.
Pop Wuj staff and volunteers review the child’s growth and provide eggs, Incaparina (a fortified corn- and soy-based product popular in Guatemala), and a fortified peanut butter product for the child to consume every day. The fortified peanut butter products are produced by Edesia, a Rhode Island based non-profit that works to treat and prevent malnutrition. Pop Wuj also provides pre-natal vitamins for the mothers and children’s vitamins for all other children under 13 years of age in the family.
The babies and toddlers are particularly vulnerable to digestive and respiratory illnesses. They are especially vulnerable due to conditions of extreme poverty and their precarious living conditions. In addition to the common illnesses in Guatemala, Pop Wuj has also seen an increase in illnesses that are harder to diagnose and treat. Pop Wuj continues to need additional funds for specialist consults and treatments.
How You Can Help:
Volunteering – Pop Wuj Medical Spanish Language students are the project's short-term volunteers. Long-term internships are available for individuals who have a minimum of intermediate Spanish and can make a five-month commitment. Interns are screened and selected via Pop Wuj's partnership with Entremundos, a Xela NGO. Please visit Entremundos for more details and to apply for the Public Health Coordinator position.
Donations -- Donations will support medical care and health education in the Nutrition Program. Profits from the Pop Wuj Spanish Language School and a grant from Timmy Global Health also fund the Pop Wuj Nutrition Program.