WINGS

WINGS creates opportunities for Guatemalan families to improve their lives through family planning education and access to reproductive health services.
Sep 8, 2010

WINGS’ Founder makes a home visit

Mariela and her two daughters
Mariela and her two daughters

WINGS’ founder, Sue Patterson, recently visited the home of Mariela, a former WINGS beneficiary who chose to have a tubal ligation a few years ago. Here is what Sue learned about Mariela during her visit:

Together with her two daughters aged 7 and 9, Mariela lives in a house made out of cornstalks and cardboard, which is precariously placed on a muddy mountainside. Her house was severely damaged during tropical storm Agatha last May, but has since been rebuilt with more cornstalks and cardboard. Mariela and her mother make and sell stuffed peppers, earning between the two of them about $6 dollars a day. Given the adversity she faces, when Mariela lost her third child to meningitis four years ago she decided to have a tubal ligation. While her family opposed the operation, Mariela decided for herself that she did not want to have any more children and went ahead with the procedure. Not having to care for any more young children has been very liberating for Mariela, who is currently enrolled in night school where she is studying the 7th grade. She now has aspirations to become a psychologist, so she can help others who have gone through difficult times. While Mariela’s situation is still precarious, she is now able to focus on improving the situation for herself and her two surviving daughters. As the story of Mariela highlights, the opportunity to limit one’s family size can change the course of entire families, enabling them to direct precious and scare resources to improve their lives and that of their existing children. Thanks to your generous support, more families in Guatemala will have access to essential family planning services that make a real difference in their lives.

Sincerely,

The WINGS Team

Jun 16, 2010

Double Your Impact on Wednesday, June 16th!

Mother and daughter wait outside a WINGS screening
Mother and daughter wait outside a WINGS screening

Dear friend,

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 Detect and Treat Cervical Cancer in Guatemala. 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? Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women of reproductive age in the developing world and kills more than 274,000 women annually. In Guatemala, cervical cancer accounts for more deaths than breast, skin, ovarian and stomach cancers combined. Despite being one of the most easily preventable and detectable types of cancer, only 25% of Guatemalan women living in underserved, rural communities have ever been screened for this disease.

What is being done? Since 2001, WINGS has provided high-quality cervical cancer detection and treatment services to more than 25,000 Guatemalan women. In addition, WINGS is one of the only organizations in Guatemala to use the VIA/Cryo method, a low-cost technique that allows for screening results to be given the same day and can treat more than half of detected abnormalities immediately. The VIA/Cryo method is especially effective for women living in rural areas, as it reduces the need for return visits, which are often difficult or expensive for women in isolated or low-income areas.

How can you make a difference? Donate on June 16th to our project Detect and Treat Cervical Cancer in Guatemala 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 detection and treatment for 2 women. - A donation of $50 will be matched for a total donation of $75 – enough to cover the cost of detection and treatment for 5 women. - A donation of $100 will be mated for a total donation of $150 – enough to cover the cost of detection and treatment for 10 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.

Sincerely,

The WINGS Team

WINGS nurse provides info about cervical cancer
WINGS nurse provides info about cervical cancer

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Jun 15, 2010

Double Your Impact on Wednesday, June 16th!

WINGS educator giving individual counseling
WINGS educator giving individual counseling

Dear friend,

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.

Sincerely,

The WINGS Team

WINGS educator gives a talk on family planning
WINGS educator gives a talk on family planning

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