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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 provides quality reproductive health education and services to underserved, primarily rural Guatemalan youth, women and men. Vision: WINGS envisions a future where all Guatemalans thrive and are able to fully exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.

Results: Our impact since 2001: • 315,495 youth, women, and men educated and counseled on family planning • 714 women screened for cervical cancer • 286,625 unintended pregnancies prevented • 1,614 child deaths prevented • 103 maternal deaths prevented

Target demographics: Guatemalan Youth, Women, and Men

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approx. 24,000 women, men, and adolescents in Guatemala

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: OUR WORK Working in 14 predominantly rural, indigenous, and underserved provinces in Guatemala, we collaborate with local partners to implement the following activities: YOUTH PEER EDUCATION PROGRAM Young women and men (ages 13 to 19) trained as Youth Leaders provide accurate reproductive health information and service referrals to their peers through community-based activities. Our evidence-based training curriculum uses an educational strategy that addresses gender and power in intimate relationships, with a focus on pregnancy prevention for adolescents. VOLUNTEER PROMOTER NETWORK One of WINGS’ longest-standing programs is our network of roughly 35 Volunteer Health Promoters: community leaders identified within underserved rural areas to be a local point of service. Through their intimate linguistic and cultural knowledge of the communities they serve, they are able to provide quality contraceptive counselling, low-cost short-acting methods, and referrals to WINGS medical clinics for additional services. STATIONARY AND MOBILE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CLINICS Our two mobile units which reach rural communities, as well as our stationary clinic in Antigua, provide long-acting reversible contraception, rapid cervical cancer screening, and treatment for the most commonly occurring STIs. We offer subdermal hormonal implants which provide 5 years of protection from unintended pregnancies and copper IUDs which provide up to 10 years of protection. We use visual inspection with acetic acid for immediate detection of cervical cell abnormalities and same-day treatment using cryotherapy for pre-cancerous cells that may lead to cervical cancer. VOLUNTARY SURGICAL CONTRACEPTION Affordable, quality tubal ligations and vasectomies are performed by our Medical Director and contracted physicians at partner hospitals in Alta Verapaz, Chimaltenango, Escuintla, Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, Quiché, Retalhuleu, Sacatepéquez, San Marco, Santa Rosa, Sololá, Suchitepéquez, and Totonicapán. Pre and post-procedure care as well as follow-up in the days after is provided by our nurses.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Antigua, Guatemala where WINGS is based. They have an incredible reputation in the community for providing the best health services, many of which are not really available anywhere else. If you travel to rural areas of Guatemala, you will see that many families literally have zero access to family planning options. WINGS is working hard to change that in a way that is sustainable, professional, and culturally sensitive. I can't say enough good things about this non-profit and the amazing things that they do!

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WINGS Guatemala You said it, Kellie! Thank you so much for your support and for helping us continue to spread the word about our incredible work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work for an organization called Population Connection, which advocates for increased funding for and access to voluntary family planning services worldwide. We partner with WINGS Guatemala because they provide direct reproductive health education and services to Guatemala's most marginalized communities. I recently had the opportunity to visit WINGS in Antigua, Guatemala, and was able to join their medical staff in several site visits, or 'jornadas', in which mobile health units transport WINGS staff and medical equipment to communities in order to provide reproductive health services such as tubal ligations, vasectomies, and IUDs, among others. I was incredibly impressed by WINGS's diligent and knowledgeable staff, all of whom worked tirelessly and with acute attention to detail until every last patient was seen. I spoke to one of the lead nurses about her experience with WINGS, and she told me, "Everyone who works at WINGS is passionate about what they do. We recognize how important our services are to the people and communities we serve, and that in many cases, we are the only provider of quality care. So, when a patient calls and tells us that they will be late to our clinic, we all want to wait to make sure they're seen. We know that if we don't help them, they likely will not receive this type of health care at all."

In order to effectively reach Guatemala's most at-risk communities, WINGS employs medical staff from the regions it serves. The organization recognizes the importance of employee-retention and is proud to offer salaries and benefit packages that facilitate long-term employee satisfaction. This non-profit truly embodies the meaning of a 'progressive organization,' both in terms of its work and mission, but also relative to the way it treats its employees. I also got the chance to talk with the Executive Director and Programs Director about WINGS's trajectory and about Guatemala's history and political economy more broadly, and left the meeting feeling inspired, impressed, and very grateful -- what a relief to know that there are so many passionate, capable, and brilliant people doing such great work in the world!

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WINGS Guatemala 02/07/2020

Thank you so much, Hannah! Our team loved having you join us and we are grateful to you for being a part of the WINGS family! ¡Abrazos!

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WINGS Guatemala 02/07/2020

Thank you so much, Hannah! Our team loved having you join us and we are grateful to you for being a part of the WINGS family! ¡Abrazos!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work for another NGO in the Antigua area, and I have brought many of my student groups to WINGS to learn about the fantastic work that they do.
The educational and informational visit consists of watching a documentary about Local Health Promoters work and the social, economic, and cultural factors impacting many Guatemalans access to contraceptives. Following the documentary, WINGS staff facilitates a question-and-answer session, allowing students to further their understanding of issues facing many Guatemalans and the brave community leaders working to create access for others. One of my students biggest take-aways was the amazing resilience of community leaders and after the visit, many of my students are inspired to get involved with causes in their local communities that they are passionate about. WINGS conducts their work with respect for local communities, and a passion for a more just world.

Keep up the inspiring, empowering and liberating work that you do, and I will continue to bring groups to learn from your fantastic example!

Abrazos!
-Emma

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was younger, I thought I would only have 2 children. I am 37 years old and I am the father of 3 boys and 1 girl. Our last child was born while my wife was using the quarterly injection. From then on we were very afraid that she would get pregnant again. Now I don’t have a job and we are in a very delicate economic situation, I can’t risk having more children. A friend from where I live, Alotenango, a city in Sacatepéquez, recommended WINGS and explained to me that they perform surgery in order to have no more children.

In a sexist society such as Guatemala, contraception is considered to be for women. We think that since women are the ones who naturally bring life to the world, it is their responsibility to take care of themselves. In addition, there are myths about vasectomy, that say men are unable to be sexually functional after it. I made the decision to have surgery because I don’t want my wife having an invasive surgery. She has been using contraceptive methods for two years, it was my time to take responsibility.

Family planning can be complicated for women in Guatemala. They receive criticism and prejudice based on a conservative family traditions, especially from mothers and mothers-in-law. But men don’t receive education about contraception. I did not tell anyone that I got surgery, but I don’t hide it either. If I have a chance I would love to encourage my friends to get a vasectomy. It was a quick operation, with little pain and, what surprised me the most, WINGS didn’t even use a scalpel! In 20 minutes I was ready to go home. In 2 weeks I was fully recovered and since then, my sex life is no longer overshadowed by fear.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm proud to serve on the board of WINGS and continued to be impressed by the high-quality reproductive health education and services they provide. They are a trusted source of counseling and support that improves the lives of women, men, and youth across Guatemala. The Executive Director and staff are excellent stewards of the cause, and the future of the organization is bright!

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WINGS Guatemala 08/01/2019

We couldn't agree more about our bright future!! Thank you!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first came across this nonprofit when visiting Antigua, Guatemala in 2017, when hearing their founder Sue Patterson speak at a local restaurant. I knew immediately that this was an organization I wanted to support, as their mission of reproductive rights is such a crucial aspect for women, allowing them to experience choice and agency in their lives. The next day during WINGS' open house, I spoke at length with Kirsten Taylor, their wonderful development director. I was so impressed with their model, and the impact they are having in many diverse and hard-to-reach areas of rural Guatemala, where many women have previously had no exposure to the options available to choose the size of their families and the spacing of their children.

In my business, I create trips that bring groups of women to experience the developing world, see the beauty of these countries, and learn about the lives of the women who live there. This involves in-country visits and collaborations with nonprofits who help women and girls create better lives for themselves in various ways. I immediately felt that WINGS would be a perfect nonprofit to introduce to my travelers, and have since brought two groups of American women to Guatemala to meet WINGS and learn about their programs. We have all been uplifted, encouraged, and impressed with this professionally-run, impactful program. I highly recommend supporting them!

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WINGS Guatemala 08/01/2019

LOVE LOVE LOVE all the support you have given us over the years!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fell in love with WINGS Guatemala after seeing their video that highlights the incredible work they do with and for families in Guatemala. And hearing first-hand from our house cleaner (who by our standards lives in total poverty) that WINGS enabled her to have a tubal ligation when she was done having her two babies even more so showed me the first-hand impact of their incredible work.

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WINGS Guatemala 05/10/2019

We're so glad we were able to help part of your circle feel empowered about her choices! And we love having you in our circle too!

Molly M.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I've seen WINGS' staff in action over the years and have seen the incredible commitment they have to their mission. Not only do they offer much-needed reproductive health services in rural Guatemala, but they also have a stellar reputation for transparency. I'm especially impressed with how they are able to talk about sexual health in a place that is so steeped in machismo. They also have top notch ethics as far as hiring local staff for an appropriate wage which is rare for missions in the region. WINGS really is one of only a couple organizations in Guatemala I will donate to. Kudos WINGS - keep up the great work!

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WINGS Guatemala 04/30/2019

Your support and hospitality means so much to us, Molly!! Thanks for recognizing how important employing local staff is for us - we believe it's one of the most important ways we can assure high-quality health care.

1 Julia Ruth R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WINGS does very important work in Guatemala and provides highly effective services. I was able to observe their youth trainings and was highly impressed by the high quality of the information and instruction. The organization appears well organized and efficient and their staff are extremely mission driven, passionate people.

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WINGS Guatemala 04/30/2019

Thanks so much, Julia! We love having you as part of our community in Antigua and appreciate everything you do to help further our educational work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work as a researcher with WINGS during my time living in Guatemala. I have never come across another charity operating in this country with such an inclusive and compassionate approach to their work. The only employees and volunteers who operate in the field or who have direct access to clients are members of the clients' own communities and they share their language and their culture. Their approach therefore is never condescending and is exclusively based on ensuring that each client has all the education and information that they need to make the best decision for themselves. This more grassroots model is far from the norm among non profits in the country and I have been consistently impressed by the dedication of the promotors and all the employees in the office and by the culturally sensitive, education based programmes. It is a real privilege to be able to assist them in their work!

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WINGS Guatemala 04/30/2019

Oh my goodness Ailsa - thank you for understanding us so well! We are so grateful to have met you and appreciate all the support you've provided. ¡Mil gracias!

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Donor

Rating: 5

"WINGS is doing the most important work in Guatemala," a donor told me when I first moved to Guatemala. He'd been in Guatemala for decades and had seen many nonprofit organizations in action here. Witnessing WINGS' work since then, I can now wholeheartedly say the same. WINGS provides the education and means for families to make informed decisions and take control of when and if they wish to have children. This has almost endless economic and social benefits for the current and future generations. As both a donor and a volunteer, I have seen the careful, financially responsible, and compassionate approach WINGS staff and board of directors take in every decision and action they make. I studied nonprofit leadership at Georgetown University, and I can say that WINGS is a consistent example of best practices in nonprofit management. I am proud to be a WINGS donor because I know that I am supporting work that will make a genuine, lasting difference for the people of Guatemala.

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WINGS Guatemala 04/30/2019

Linda, we cannot even put into words how much we appreciate you and all you do for WINGS! Your words have brought so much joy and pride to our team. ThankYouThankYouThankYou!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Todo muy bien, incluso dan insumos al paciente post operación. Lo único es que el baño está afuera de la habitación. Excelente servicios y médicos.

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WINGS Guatemala 08/06/2018

Muchas gracias por su comentario, nos alegra saber que está satisfecho con nuestros servicios. Lamentablemente, las instalaciones actuales no nos permiten realizar obras que integren el baño dentro de la sala. Esperamos poder mejorar y ampliar nuestras instalaciones en el futuro. Saludos.

1 Timothy K.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work this organization does in Guatemala is of great value. They bring a love and a professionalism to their craft and it shows in solid results on the ground among those who most need this service.

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WINGS Guatemala 08/03/2018

Thanks so much, Tim! We´re so glad that our passion for our high-quality work shines through.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

My brother in law had a vasectomy at Wings. The service was really kind and efficient and the advantages of being attended by your professional staff was so comforting.

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WINGS Guatemala 08/03/2018

We love stories like this and hope that your brother-in-law is doing well!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WINGS Guatemala, it is an institution that truly cares for its patients, cares for them with love and dedication

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WINGS Guatemala 08/03/2018

YES WE DO!!! Glad it shows!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WINGS changed my life. Before moving to Antigua, Guatemala my family and I were living in the US. I had a professional job which provided health insurance, however when I wanted to have a vasectomy the part that I had to cover was too high that made me changed my mind. It was in 2014. In November 2015 we moved to Antigua, Guatemala.
In march 2016 I attended a workshop about Guatemala and the speaker was an amazing American lady, Sue Patterson, who talked about her experience living in Guatemala and how she has contributed to improve the quality of life of the less favored Guatemalans. I was impressed about her knowledge, passion, desire to contribute and most important her humility. At the end of her presentation I congratulated her and introduced myself and also asked her if I could meet with her to talk about some opportunities. When we met we talked about different topics, one of them WINGS. I said to her that I wanted to had a vasectomy in the US but I couldn't afford it. She introduced me to Rodrigo Barillas and Dr. Michel. After talking to them about my interested in the procedure and why I wanted to do it, I had it.
Everyone was very professional and well focused on the procedure before and after. I can say that it was a great experience. I made a contribution that maybe wasn´t enough for the high quality service that I received.
Another important aspect is that WINGS educate Guatemalans in regards to reproductive heath and help them to afford a vasectomy without any cost.
Since I have had my vasectomy I always talk to people about my experience with WINGS.
THANK YOU WINGS for changing my life and contributing to Guatemala.

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WINGS Guatemala 08/03/2018

You´re welcome and thank YOU for this amazing story!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great information and helpful staff. High quality services.

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WINGS Guatemala 08/03/2018

All the things we work so hard to provide everyday! Yes!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first learned about WINGS through a friend, I was impressed by the affordable prices they offered. Years before, I paid $340 for an IUD, approximately the monthly minimum wage in Guatemala. I saved money for months, hoping no other emergency payments would come up in the meantime. If I had known about WINGS back then, I wouldn’t have had to wait for months and spend all my savings to get my IUD. I was so satisfied with the care that I brought my 19-year-old niece for contraception counselling. Our family is very conservative and I didn’t have sex education in school. I don’t want the same thing to happen to her.

After that, I persuaded my brother to get a vasectomy. He had been wanting to have the procedure for a long time. However, he recently lost his job and he could not afford the surgery. This is why it’s so difficult for Guatemalans to invest money in long-term contraception - it’s too much money to spend all at once and you never know when you may need it.

I am so grateful to WINGS for supporting my family. ¡Muchas gracias!

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WINGS Guatemala 08/03/2018

Charo - You are welcome. We are so very grateful for YOU!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WINGS Guatemala is an all-around incredible organization. I had the opportunity to work with them last year as a volunteer researcher in almost all of the services they provide, and witnessed the amazing job they do.

When following the mobile clinics around different parts of Guatemala, it was clear that providing rights-based care is their number one priority. Even though the mobile clinics are fast-paced, the WINGS staff would always provide clear counseling to ensure women were making an informed choice about their bodies. It was evident that WINGS is providing a much-needed health care, and they are doing so with above average services.

I also worked with the promotoras network, who provide contraceptive counseling and short term options to women in rural communities. WINGS' commitment to providing the best care for their patients was evident in every step of the promotoras program: from taking care of the women who work for the organization and making sure they received proper training, to ensuring that their patients were satisfied and treated according to the organization's core beliefs of rights-based, best practice care. I was especially impressed with everyone's openness to feedback. The staff at WINGS work hard to review their own programs and is always eager to hear comments on how services could be improved.

Finally, I also worked with the WINGS youth program and it was a wonderful experience! I was able to meet some of the kids that had been part of the program for a while as well as new members who joined this year. I experienced the way the program both helped them in their personal lives—as they became more and more comfortable asserting their rights—as well as their peers, who benefitted from having someone with trustworthy reproductive information to consult. It was truly amazing to hear the experiences these kids had undergone, and the way WINGS impacts their lives.

I feel honored to have worked with WINGS, and hope to be able to collaborate with them again in the future. They are a group of hard-working people who are committed to providing quality reproductive care, and who believe in what the organization stands for.

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WINGS Guatemala 07/18/2018

Thank you so much, Marianina! We absolutely enjoyed having you as a part of our WINGS family! Your involvement in so many programs was incredibly valuable and we know that we will be talking about the Photo Voice project for years to come - we LOVED it!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended a WINGS talk in the Basque Country and I learned a lot about reproductive rights in Guatemala. I think this NGO does a great work providing education and contraceptive methods, because they do so by getting the local communities involved, speaking the same language (both literally and metaphorically) and being completely honest about what more permanent methods, such as surgery, involve.

They manage to empower women not only by giving them the chance to decide how many children they want to have and when, but also by letting them play an active role, either explaining what they have learnt to others or becoming providers in their own communities.

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WINGS Guatemala 08/03/2018

We are so grateful to our friends in the Basque Country! Eskerrik asko!

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the extraordinary good fortune of meeting the founder of WINGS Guatemala, Sue Patterson, the medical director, and Kirsten Taylor, development director on a trip to Antigua, Guatemala. They are doing great work on women's health, framing reproductive health issues as part of general public health. One of their portfolios that I particularly admire is their work with Guatemalan men. In a macho, Latino culture, men's reproductive health and role is often ignored. When men and women are educated and encouraged to be on the same team, the future is brighter for everyone.
Recently WINGS mobilized donors to help with the post volano health crises; we appreciated having a reliable NGO on the ground providing direct services to those in crisis.

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WINGS Guatemala 08/03/2018

Thanks Betsy!! We are so grateful to supporters like you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a U.S. citizen who has lived in Guatemala for 25 years. Seventeen years ago I learned about WINGS and decided to raise some funds for this amazing organization, for many reasons. As a mother of two in a country which afforded me good medical care, I couldn't imagine the lives of women with so many children that they were undernourished and lacked education. When I came to Guatemala, there were ten million people. I think we're pushing 17 million! This can't continue. One of the reasons that the population has expanded to quickly is that the great majority of poor people in this country have very little access to information about birth control/family planning. WINGS provides that, and counsels people about the methods that they can use so that they can afford to give their PLANNED children a chance for an education, for better nutrition and health ... and so much more! It's wonderful!
I could say more, like how I gave a poor indigenous woman just over $1.50 so this 40-year-old mother of 3 was able to get a vaginal exam. Cysts were found. For less than $40, I treated her to a D&C and she will be able to live to raise her children. She goes back for check-ups and is SO grateful! Multiply that little story 1000s of times!!

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WINGS Guatemala 08/03/2018

Deet, there really aren't words to express how grateful we are to you - you have connected us to so many people over the years and we are so lucky to have you in our community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wings is a very honest and dedicated NGO. I attended their documentary screening event in New York and was able to see their work with Guatemalan women, as well as their efforts during the recent volcano eruption. The kind of organization that deserves our full support.

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WINGS Guatemala 08/03/2018

Thank you so much for these kind words. We're so glad you saw our documentary!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I love working on the Board of WINGS - I see the organization making a real difference with their initiatives in quality reproductive health education and services. I particularly appreciate the role WINGS plays in empowering women and girls to speak up and have their voices heard.

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WINGS Guatemala 08/07/2017

Thank you, Jackie - we are so fortunate to have you on our Board!

Board Member

Rating: 5

WINGS brings high quality counseling, contraceptive, and cancer screening services to indigenous Guatemalan communities in areas with particularly limited access to reproductive health care. Having worked with global reproductive health organizations in multiple countries over 30 years, my experience informs my review of WINGS where I currently serve as a Board member. With a relatively small budget, an extremely dedicated, professional, and mostly Guatemalan staff, including its leadership, WINGS achieves extraordinary impact. Over its 16 year history, collaborating with other Guatemalan health care providers and organizations this small organization has successfully improved the lives of Guatemalan women, men, and families. The quality and efficiency of WINGS' programs and financial management make it an unusually effective non-profit for its size.

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WINGS Guatemala 08/03/2017

We absolutely LOVE our Board Members!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The lack of use of contraceptive methods remains a pervasive issue in Guatemala. Even though the 98% of the population declares to know at least one contraceptive method, data shows that the 26% of births attended in the country are from girls between the age of 10 and 19. Promoting contraceptive methods and encouraging a behaviour change towards the better use of contraception has proven to be a very challenging issue in Guatemala, especially in rural areas. The myths and misunderstandings surrounding family planning and the coercion of religious and traditional beliefs lead to a strong rejection for birth control.

WINGS is an amazing NGO that works all over the country providing contraception and sex education. WINGS has three main projects: (1) a promoters' network; (2) mobile clinics; and (3) a youth training programme.

WINGS has over 50 promoters all over the country. These promoters are people –mostly women- that provide short-term contraception in their communities. WINGS provides them with all the necessary materials (pills, injections, sterilisers) and they train the promoters around sexuality and reproductive health issues. This gives inhabitants from isolated villages the opportunity to access birth control.

Regarding the mobile clinics, WINGS has a permanent clinic in La Antigua and two vans that carry all the materials needed to provide cervical cancer screenings, place long-term contraception and do sterilisation surgeries. Each van travels at least three times a week to rural areas, where they do free sessions to offer the mentioned services. Approximately 20 people are attended in each session.

Finally, there is a Youth Volunteer Training Programme, where they train people between the age of 14 an 19 about sexuality issues, including diversity, contraception, STDs and gender equality. The aim of this programme is to select young rural people that will later transfer their knowledge to their friends and classmates in their communities.

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WINGS Guatemala 08/03/2017

Oihane - you such an incredible intern!!! We are so lucky to have you with us!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Three years ago when our family was visiting Antigua, Guatemala on spring break, we ran across this incredible non-profit, Wings Guatemala, founded by a former US Peace Corp worker. The staff couldn't have been more welcoming when we called to see if we could visit their office (5 minute walk from our hotel). As supporters of reproductive rights in the US, I wanted to show our son and daughter what the effort looked like in a Latin American country.

We have just come home form our third visit to Antigua and stopped by Wings again to be given an update on the important work they do insuring that indigenous women and men have access to reproductive healthcare in a country where the government provides few services.

We were so pleased to hear that they continue their crucial work throughout Guatemala as well as in La Antigua (A UNESCO world heritage site that should be on everyone's Latin American itinerary)

We will be increasing our support for their good work, and were inspired, as we always are, after talking to Dr. Rodrigo Barillas, Executive Director and their new Development and Communications Director, Kirsten Taylor.

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WINGS Guatemala 08/03/2017

Thanks so much, Nicole! We are incredibly grateful to donors and supporters like you and Sydney!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just finished an internship with WINGS and LOVED my experience there. I was surrounded by dedicated, hard-working individuals who truly believed in the cause they were working toward. They are committed to providing high quality services to all patients they serve.

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WINGS Guatemala 08/03/2017

We loved having you with us last month, Morgan!! You are welcome back anytime!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to WIngs for several years.
I am so impressed with the work of this non-profit that I increasde my contributions every year. The dedicated people of Wings are doing such a great work helping the women of Guatemala.
The family planning and women's health that wings promotes helps not only the women but also the children, the whole family and the country of Guatemala.
Thank you Wings.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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 Guatemalans is by educating the youth and limiting family size, thereby decreasing the incidence of maternal and child death, malnutrition, and stunting that is so prevalent in this country. WINGS is uniquely positioned to help effectuate these changes.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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. I also heard many vehement thank-yous which convinced me how directly donations to WINGS make a difference to families who need the most help. On an organizational level, from the time before I was employed by WINGS, until the current day, I have been impressed by WINGS' model which employs educators on the ground to reach out to their own communities in a culturally sensitive way. It is also admirable that WINGS continues to strive to improve their outreach strategy. Overall, I highly recommend this organization.

1 MAB11

Donor

Rating: 5

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 access to reproductive health services." Their approach to educate women, men and youth is so necessary. Every family member, every community member, is offered the same information and thereby can make educated decisions regarding family planning and reproductive health. WINGS does so much, for so many, with so little, when you consider the budgets of some of the huge organizations that exist in our world. I wish them only continued success and growth!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Providing women, men and young adults with critical information and eduction regarding family planning and reproductive health is the central focus of WINGS. Not only does this protect the health of these women and children short term, but it allows families to provide a better quality of life for their families long term. WINGS is doing a impressive job of reaching out to those areas of Guatemala where this support is most needed.

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.

1 Margaret38

Donor

Rating: 5

Our foundation did a project with WINGS a few years ago. We are particularly impressed by their stunning efficiency and effectiveness. They can literally turn a family's long-term financial prospects around with a donation of $50 or so (Jadelle implant). We remain very enthusiastic donors from our personal funds.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program is almost a one of a kind here in the Antigua Guatemala area. It is so desperately needed, and they do so much. I assist a family of shoe shiners, Papa, Martin (16), Gregorio (15), Juan Carlos (14) and Luciano (9). The family lost a baby girl to pneumonia about a year ago because they could not afford proper care. Eight months ago they had another baby, Israel, there happens to be another brother around 19 who lives in Quiche, never comes to Antigua, but I just know they are going to try for another girl. I have sat Martin down and had him watch your site page with teens talking to teens, but Papa is way out of my league. You are a great program, desperately needed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been fpllowing the work of Wings for several years and their approach to addressing the needs of families is very innovative, effective and important. An example of their work that I have found impressive is meeting with membets of the army and educating them about family plannng and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. Also Wings trains local community members to share information about the importance of spacing children and other reproductive health issues.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited the Wings office and talked with staff when I was in Guatemala a couple years ago. (I was part of Social Work Graduate School trip.) We found the staff to be very sincere and informed, but also gentle and kind. I came away confident that they are doing important work, in a very competent, culturally appropriate way. Family life is truly enhanced by their efforts.