Family Planning for Guatemalans Living in Poverty

 
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May 10, 2012

Woman Learns To Plan After Multiple Abortions

Catalina, a 35 year-old mother of three, was taking her sick son to clinic in her community in Patzún when she encountered Ana, a WINGS Family Planning Educator.  Ana told Catalina that she was only visiting for the day, but would be back in the area the following week to conduct a talk about family planning.

Catalina was interested in learning more about family planning, as she told Ana that while she has three children, she has also had three pregnancies that ended in abortion.  Because she was poor and illiterate, Catalina didn’t have access to family planning methods.

The next week, Catalina attended the discussion, and spoke more with Ana about her options. Ana was able to refer her to receive an IUD, so now Catalina is able to live without worrying about future unplanned pregnancies.

To learn more about WINGS' family planning program, visit http://wingsguate.org/en/whatwedo/familyplanning

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Feb 20, 2012

Getting Men Involved in Family Planning

Luis Miguel is 32 years old and has two children. He comes from a family of 18. Luis is illiterate because his parents could not afford to send him to go to school, and he desperately wants his kids to avoid the same fate. Knowing that he and his wife would not be able to financially support a third child, he took matters into his own hands. In passing, Luis heard about a family planning clinic day and decided to attend to receive a WINGS-subsidized vasectomy after a discussion with his wife.

"I told my wife I didn’t want to have more kids, but I needed her as a wife and a partner to be sure not to have more kids.  I want to give my children what they need, build them a house, send them to school through university, clothe them and make sure they live happily. The same for my wife – I want to enjoy going on walks and spending time with my kids and family. I am very pleased with WINGS and everyone that is committed to family planning, and continue to assist families. God bless them."

To learn more about WINGS' family planning program, visit http://wingsguate.org/en/whatwedo/familyplanning

Oct 20, 2011

Educator, Evelyn, talks about her commitment to WINGS

Evelyn (left) gives counsel to a friend
Evelyn (left) gives counsel to a friend

Evelyn, 28, began working with WINGS as a volunteer helping spread information about sexual and reproductive health to women in her village. She was so motivated and successful in reaching out to her community that WINGS soon took her on as a full time field educator. Here she speaks a little about why she remains commited to the job:

“Working with WINGS has given me the chance to really see the culture and beliefs that we have around family planning. Mainly it’s due to poor education – or none at all – about reproductive health. I’ve worked with so many families here that wanted guidance on these topics that I know the work we’re doing is important. In most communities, people don’t have access to the kinds of services WINGS can provide so it’s great that we can fill that gap. I feel really good about my work because I’ve supported families in reaching their own family planning decision by giving them information. We hope to keep counting on the support of people who make our work possible. I truly believe that this is fundamental for my country, and I will continue to work my hardest on this with WINGS.”

You can see Evelyn talk more about her experiences in our 8minute film here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muMhxy9XBT4

Aug 4, 2011

An all too common story with a safe ending

WINGS field educator talks to a group of women
WINGS field educator talks to a group of women

Alma is 27 but has already been pregnant seven times – only four of her children are alive now. She was excited to hear about a WINGS mobile clinic in her area and told her husband she’d like to get a tubal ligation. Her husband was firmly against it: he insisted that they should keep having children in the hope that more would survive to take care of them in their old age. Alma was really upset by his reaction, she explained that childbirth had been a dangerous and painful experience for her and she was afraid to go through it again. She also told him they could care better for their existing four children if they planned to focus on supporting them - they were already going hungry.  Despite these reasons, he refused to support her.

Tired of being dominated by her alcoholic husband, Alma decided to take charge of her body and got the tubal ligation on her own.  She is deeply grateful to WINGS’ donors for lowering the cost of the operation so she was able to afford it alone. Alma continues to work in a tortilla store in her local market, and feels a weight off her mind to know she won’t go through another agonizing pregnancy.

Jul 5, 2011

Cristina tells us about her family planning choice

Cristina & Josefina, sisters inlaw receive Jadelle
Cristina & Josefina, sisters inlaw receive Jadelle

Cristina, 23, has two children. She explains why she came to receive Jadelle (a 5-year reversible contraceptive implant), subsidized by ALAS, at a recent APROFAM mobile clinic with her sister-in-law, Josefina, 21.

“We’d heard people say bad things about family planning methods – that they damage your babies, put stains on their skin - but Ester, the educator from WINGS, explained to us how they really work and we decided to go for it. She went through all the possible methods, and I thought about it with my husband. We felt that Jadelle would be the most convenient for our family because knowing you have that security for 5 years is great. We were really excited when we heard the price through WINGS, normally this would be too expensive for us.

This can really change things for my family, especially for my babies! My husband is a builder and sometimes he just can’t work for days because of the rain. With family planning our children won’t have to suffer when that happens, we can have some stability. I have 6 brothers and sisters and while my older siblings were growing up we had nothing because my parents were trying to build our house - my two sisters didn’t even get to go to school. I don’t want my children to suffer the same way, I want to support them all equally. That’s why it’s great that with this method we can plan and take things slowly.

 Right now I stay at home to breastfeed and to be with my babies, but I want to find work in a year or two when they are a bit older. That way I can bring some money home, and well, sometimes it’s good to get out of the house too!” 

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Organization

WINGS

Antigua, N/A, Guatemala
http://www.wingsguate.org

Project Leader

Sally Parmelee

Development Coordinator
Antigua, Guatemala

Where is this project located?

Map of Family Planning for Guatemalans Living in Poverty