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.
I have served as a board member since 2008. During this time WINGS has expanded and developed a holistic approach to providing information about reproductive issues and increasing access for Guatemalan families in need. Providing women and men with choice about thier reproductive health needs is life changing.
Having lived in Guatemala for some 20 years, I have become more and more focused on the importance of family planning as being critical to Guatemala's future. WINGS does a thorough and conscientious job in conducting its work, always being respectful of the local culture of our clients. I have been a faithful supporter for over 10 years, and will continue to be one.
I serve on the Board because WINGS brings integrated reproductive health programs to women, men, youth to areas of high need in Guatemala. WINGS staff and volunteers are mostly Guatemalan and we coordinate our activities well with community leaders and other NGOs. Through our programs, for the first time Guatemalan families in Alta Verapaz have access to reproductive health services they want and need.