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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 in the last 16 years: • 244,103 youth, women, and men educated and counselled on family planning • 54,472 women screened for cervical cancer • 235,168 unintended pregnancies prevented • 1,336 child deaths prevented • 86 maternal deaths prevented

Target demographics: Guatemalan Youth, Women and Men

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approx. 28,000 women, men and adolescents in Guatemala

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: OUR WORK Working in 12 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, Quiché, Retalhuleu, Sacatepéquez, Sololá, Suchitepéquez, and Totonicapán. Pre and post-procedure care as well as follow-up in the days after is provided by our nurses. 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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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!!!

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!

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.

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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.

1 David158

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.