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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Family Planning, Health, International, International Development, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights, Women, Womens Rights

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.

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Pat_32

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As Executive Director of a non-profit that serves indigenous women and youth in remote villages in Guatemala, I have had the opportunity to work closely with WINGS over the past several years. WINGS has helped us set up a youth sexual and reproductive health program and trained our sex educator. WINGS continues to collaborate and share resources with us on family planning and sex education programs that serve the indigenous population in our area of Guatemala.

WINGs is top notch NGO with a top notch track record and reputation in Guatemala and internationally. We are honored to work with them to address common goals for indigenous women and youth.

1 neggaz2002

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a previous employee who has seen this organization continue to spread its wings, I remain truly impressed by its dedication to its mission and by the continuously innovative ways in which WINGS tackles one of the toughest issues out there - family planning and reproductive health.