I am writing to let you know about an exciting opportunity to double your impact and help to ensure that all women in Guatemala have access to life-saving reproductive health services.
On June 16th, GlobalGiving will be matching all online donations at 50% (up to $1,000 per donor) to WINGS’ project Family Planning for Guatemalans Living in Poverty. In addition, GlobalGiving will award a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives the largest number of individual donations!
Why should you care? When a woman is able to plan her family, the opportunities that open up for her and her children are immense. She is more likely to enter the workforce and live a healthier life, and her children are more likely to attend school, become educated, and find employment opportunities. Despite the tremendous benefits of family planning for women and children, less than one-third of couples in Guatemala use any form of modern contraception, and another one-third of women report that they want to plan their families, but lack access to vital reproductive health information and services. The results are devastating for Guatemalan families. Half of all women in Guatemala have a child by the age of 20, severely limiting a woman’s opportunity to finish school and gain employment, and all-too-often, women risk injury or death because they do not have the resources to properly space or limit their pregnancies.
What is being done? Since 2001, WINGS’ family planning education and reproductive health services have reached more than 120,000 women, men and adolescents in Guatemala. By providing women and their families in Guatemala with the tools they need to take control of their reproductive lives, WINGS has helped thousands of parents to more fully invest in their children’s education and nutrition, helping to end the cycle of poverty.
How can you make a difference? Donate on June 16th to our project Family Planning for Guatemalans Living in Poverty on GlobalGiving and your donation will be matched at 50%. Consider the tremendous impact your GlobalGiving gift will have on the lives of women:
- A donation of just $20 will be matched at 50%, for a total donation of $30 - enough to cover the cost of 2 Jadelle implants, which provides women with up to 5 years of protection from unwanted pregnancies.
- A donation of $50 will be matched for a total donation of $75 – enough to cover the cost of tubal ligations for 5 women.
- A donation of $100 will be matched for a total donation of $150 – enough to cover the cost of a year’s supply of birth control pills for 20 women.
In order to ensure that WINGS is able to continue to provide these life-saving services, make a donation today and pass this email onto your friends and family.
Our heartfelt thanks for your support of WINGS and for helping to improve the lives of women in Guatemala.
The WINGS Team
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