WOMENS INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR GUATEMALAN SOLUTIONS INC

It all begins with reproductive rights.

aka WINGS Guatemala   |   Pueblo, CO   |  www.wingsguate.org

Mission

WINGS provides quality reproductive health education and services to underserved, primarily rural Guatemalan youth, women, and men.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Eleanor Unsworth

Main address

PO Box 1043

Pueblo, CO 81002 USA

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EIN

31-1759515

NTEE code info

Reproductive Health Care Facilities and Allied Services (E40)

Family Planning Centers (E42)

Women's Rights (R24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the most recent Guatemalan National Survey on Maternal Child Health (Encuesta Nacional de Salud Materno Infantil 2014-2015), 60.6% of Guatemalan women are currently using a contraceptive method while 48.9% of women using a contraceptive method are using a modern form of contraception. There is a significant difference between contraceptive use in indigenous women (50.1%) and non-indigenous women (67.8%). Moreover, only 51% of women aged 15-49 have access to family planning services through facilities of the Ministry of Health (Health system analysis USAID 2015). WINGS works to not only fill in the gaps left by national resources, but also to take services directly to our patients at the community level. We ensure access to quality, affordable reproductive health services through a network of volunteer health promoters, mobile medical units, and stationary clinics, providing educational talks, private counseling, contraception and permanent sterilization procedures.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Volunteer Promoter Network

One of WINGS’ longest-standing programs is our network of roughly 30 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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Affordable, quality tubal ligations and vasectomies are performed by our Medical Director and contracted physicians at partner hospitals in Alta Verapaz, Chimaltenango, Escuintla, Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, Quiché, Retalhuleu, Sacatepéquez, San Marcos, Santa Rosa, Sololá, Suchitepéquez, and Totonicapán. Pre and post-procedure care as well as follow-up in the days after is provided by our nurses.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our four mobile units which reach rural communities, as well as our stationary clinics in Antigua and Guatemala City, provide long-acting reversible contraception, short-acting contraceptives, and rapid cervical cancer screening/treatment. We offer copper IUDs which provide up to 10 years of protection from unintended pregnancies and subdermal hormonal implants which provide 5 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.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of women, men & youth educated and counselled on contraception

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of unintended pregnancies prevented

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

(estimated using the Marie Stopes International Impact 2 model)

Number of child deaths prevented

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

(estimated using the Marie Stopes International Impact 2 model)

Number of maternal deaths prevented

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

(estimated using the Marie Stopes International Impact 2 model)

Number of patients screened for cervical cancer

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Related Program

Stationary & Mobile Reproductive Health Clinics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

WINGS envisions a future where all Guatemalans thrive and are able to fully exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.

Every WINGS program seeks to achieve this vision, and follows the strategic plan and objectives as approved by the Board of Directors.

At the heart of every WINGS intervention or activity is an emphasis on education. This education is never the end goal but serves as the means with which we hope to improve lives. Our vision is to fundamentally change the way that Guatemalan women and girls experience reproductive health. We aim to not only provide education, but also to ensure that their informed decisions to use a contraceptive method can result in action via readily available short-acting, long-acting, or definitive contraception. Ultimately, our aim is for each participant or patient to be empowered to thrive and experience the full extent of their reproductive rights, thereby decreasing overall fertility rates.

Throughout our service provision activities, we link each step to the next: our Youth Leaders refer peers to our Volunteer Health Promoters (for short-acting methods) or to our Youth-Friendly Space (for long-acting methods); our Promoters refer their patients to our mobile units or stationary clinic for long-acting or definitive methods. Finally, patients seen in our mobile units or stationary clinic get referred back to their community's Promoter, when available, to answer questions that might arise. By linking all these women, and some men, to each other, we aim to build a population that is more knowledgeable about their own bodies and the rights they possess.

The basis of our clinical services is patient-centered care. We provide interventions that always take into account each patient's individual needs and values while allowing the patient to the decision making process. This counselling style can be particularly meaningful when a woman has not experienced a sense of voice in her life before. If she is accustomed to a male making decisions for her, our approach can be both frightening and exhilarating for her. Our educators, nurses, and doctors are all trained in effective communication strategies to encourage women in particular to feel at ease making decisions and feeling comfortable with those decisions.

Working in 16 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 more than 30 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 counseling, low-cost short-acting methods, and referrals to WINGS medical clinics for additional services.

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CLINICS
Our three mobile units which reach rural communities, as well as our stationary clinic in Antigua, provide long-acting reversible contraception, short-acting contraceptives, and rapid cervical cancer screening/treatment. We offer copper IUDs which provide up to 10 years of protection from unintended pregnancies and subdermal hormonal implants which provide 5 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.

MOBILE SURGICAL CLINICS
Affordable, quality tubal ligations and vasectomies are performed by our Medical Director and contracted physicians at partner hospitals in Alta Verapaz, Chimaltenango, Escuintla, Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, Quiché, Retalhuleu, Sacatepéquez, San Marcos, Santa Rosa, Sololá, Suchitepéquez, and Totonicapán. Pre and post-procedure care as well as follow-up in the days after is provided by our nurses.

These are the results WINGS has achieved since its creation in 2001: *

- 347,433 women, men, & youth educated and counseled on contraception
- 335,544 unintended pregnancies prevented *
- 1,855 child & 116 maternal deaths prevented *

* Estimated using the Marie Stopes International Impact 2 model

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Founded in 2001, the Women’s International Network for Guatemalan Solutions (WINGS) 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.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WOMENS INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR GUATEMALAN SOLUTIONS INC

Board of directors
as of 09/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Theresa Weimerskirch

Sue Patterson

US Foreign Service, retired

Alejandra Colom

Population Council

Holly Myers

Spring Ridge Vineyards

Austin Anderson

School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California

Kate Flatley

Women's Justice Initiative

Silvia Tum

USAID/Guatemala: Planning and Program Support Office

Jackie Verity

Kaleidoscope Careers

Theresa Weimerskirch

Cargill

Joel Weinthal

Medical City Dallas Hospital

Richard Yankwich

DLA Piper

Anne Kramer Diaz

Maya Health Alliance

Lisa Van Dusen

Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund

David Sterman

Huguenot Financial Planning

Kathy Hall

Director of Equality for Women and Girls Program, The Summit Foundation

Helen Joyce

UC Irvine: 4th year medical student

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/22/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data