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Phone: (415) 230-0441
1043 Grand Avenue #299
St. Paul
Minnesota 55105
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Target demographics: Women, men, adolescents in Guatemala

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approx. 20,000 women, men and adolescents in Guatemala

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: Family Planning Initiative - WINGS' Family Planning Program aims to ensure that Guatemalans are able to make informed decisions around family planning and that they have access to methods when desired. The program revolves around addressing barriers, including geographic isolation, inability to pay for services, lack of knowledge, cultural and language barriers, and paternalistic norms.

Cervical Cancer Detection & Treatment - WINGS has been providing cervical cancer detection and treatment services since 2001. Through this program, we bring these vital services to underserved areas to help prevent this life-threatening illness. During screening clinics, WINGS' staff also provide education and counseling regarding family planning, so that women have a private place to discuss their options and how to access services.

Youth WINGS - Youth WINGS trains selected youth aged 14-19 in mostly Mayan communities to provide information on reproductive health and family planning to their peers.

WINGS for Men - The WINGS for Men program conducts workshops for men on reproductive health issues, trains peer educators to act as advocates in their communities, increases awareness about reproductive health and family planning using mass media campaigns, and sensitizes health care workers to men's needs and concerns.

Advocates for Youth - This program was developed to improve implementation of the 2006 Law of Universal Access to Family Planning. Working with the Ministries of Health and Education in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, WINGS will train teachers and health care professionals in the provision of sex education and youth-friendly reproductive health services.

Mission:
Mission: WINGS creates opportunities for Guatemalan families to improve their lives by providing them with family planning education and access to reproductive health services.

Vision: We envision a Guatemala where every person of or nearing reproductive age:

-Has pertinent knowledge and complete access to reproductive health and family planning services;

-Is free from cultural or religious constraints to use family planning methods;

-Is able to use family planning methods safely and healthfully;

-Can openly and comfortably discuss reproductive issues with their partners and/or parents.
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10/11/13
I have been involved with WINGS since its inception and served on the board for many years. In that time I have seen the growth of the organization, and witnessed the increased number of families that WINGS has helped. It is my firm belief that the best way to raise the standard of living of all ... more »
10/07/13
As the former Communications Coordinator for WINGS, I was able to spend time in the field interviewing women, men, and youth about their participation in WINGS' program. I heard so many touching stories about how the organization had made an impact on the lives of the participants and their families... more »
10/06/13
If ever there was a program aimed at helping Guatemala improve the lives of all its people, it is WINGS. By reaching far out into the rural communities it is accomplishing its mission of creating "opportunities for Guatemalan families to improve their lives through family planning education and ... more »
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