It all begins with reproductive rights…
Founded in 2001, WINGS Guatemala is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides quality reproductive health education and services to underserved, primarily rural Guatemalan youth, women, and men. WINGS takes a holistic approach to reproductive health that recognizes the diverse barriers to exercising rights at the local level and engages community members, including indigenous women and girls, to secure reproductive rights and bring their voices to the forefront of the decision-making process.
Working in 12 predominantly rural, indigenous, and underserved provinces in Guatemala, WINGS collaborates 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. WINGS’ 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 the 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 WINGS’ two mobile units which reach rural communities, as well as a stationary clinic in Antigua, provide long-acting reversible contraception, rapid cervical cancer screening, and treatment for the most commonly occurring STIs.
VOLUNTARY SURGICAL CONTRACEPTION Affordable, quality tubal ligations and vasectomies are performed by WINGS’ 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 WINGS’ nurses.
If you would like to support WINGS, we invite you to purchase a beautiful pendant made in silver and jade or a bracelet with the WINGS logo. A portion of the sales will be donated to WINGS to support reproductive health in Guatemala.