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07 Nov 2010
Welcome to the completely bilingual network of nonprofits and international aid in Guatemala. Take a look around, and if you work for an organization, church group, medical clinic, or any other group working to change the country of Guatemala, add yourself to the website! Use weGuatemala.org to connect your cause to the world, find volunteers, and team up with other organizations with similar goals. Remember that...
12 Aug 2015
In celebration of International Youth Day, meet two of our amazing youth leaders working in las Pacayas, Alta Verapaz. Eliseo is an ambitious young man who is always looking to help his community both as the son of our local promoter in las Pacayas and as one of our 150 youth leaders. Thrilled to have […]
19 May 2015
We began our adventure at 5:30 in the morning, just as the sun was rising. I was excited, I had only been to Escuintla a few times in my life and I had never visited Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa. More than anything, I was curious about the way that promoters work in their communities, and wanted […]
02 Mar 2015
Rosa comes from a small village in Sololá called Peña Blanca where families have upwards of 8 and 9 children and struggle to provide for each one. In her Kaqchikel Maya community as in many rural areas, young women and men never receive information about their sexual and reproductive health and are in fact “misled” […]
07 Nov 2014
Dear friends and donors of WINGS, I am pleased to share with you news of the recent transition in WINGS leadership, as Rodrigo Barillas assumes the role of Executive Director from Janeen Simon. Following our recent announcement of Rodrigo joining WINGS, I, on behalf of the Board of Directors, would like to take the opportunity […]
05 Nov 2014
Recently WINGS Education and Capacity-Building Team was invited to participate in several events celebrating World Contraception Day. The goal of each event was to connect young people with the sexual and reproductive health education and services they need to help prevent teenage pregnancies. Working with the Ministries of Education and Health, APROFAM, PASMO and Plan […]
13 Oct 2014
Sue Patterson talks women’s rights, Guatemala, men and family planning. What is the role of men in women’s rights and family planning? Can WINGS help dispel some of the machismo that exists here? I’m not sure I can aspire in my lifetime to dispel machismo– it is a slow process. In the very beginning I did […]
29 Sep 2014
Family Planning and Reproductive health are sexy topics in international development today, and not just because they deal with sexual health but because of their links to general sustainable development. With everyone throwing around numbers about maternal mortality, fertility rates and teen pregnancy in an effort to reach the Millennium Development Goals, the need to […]
09 Sep 2014
Last in a series of stories from Petén. In La Lucha, a school stands among a few thatched roof houses and pickup trucks hidden in tall grasses, where everything is drenched in the recent rains. We are offered atol while we wait outside the school, where a class is listening to a German girl give […]
19 Aug 2014
In 2007 I had the opportunity and honor to be part of the team that initiated the WINGS for Men Program in Guatemala.  Back then I was the manager of the health component of USAID|Alianzas, one of the funding partners in this program, and we continuously discussed with USAID and WINGS staff about the barriers […]
07 Aug 2014
The Women’s International Network for Guatemalan Solutions (WINGS) is pleased to announce a new collaboration with PopOffsets. A £5,000 grant from PopOffsets will cover the cost of four Guatemalan family planning promoters (including all training, supervision and methods) over a one-year period. The grant will also cover a portion of the cost of long-term contraceptive […]
18 Jul 2014
“Suppose an employer’s sincerely held religious belief is offended by health coverage of vaccines, or paying the minimum wage, or according women equal pay for substantially similar work?” Ginsburg’s dissent proffered a number of arguments that probably should have been heeded prior to the Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) ruling in favor of closely-held corporation’s decisions to […]
18 Jun 2014
“It’s very hard– I don’t see how priests can see these families in church, with these malnourished babies and not think anything of it.”   More perspectives on Faith and Family Planning – listen to my conversation with Kathie Amble, WINGS board member, about her experience with the Catholic Church and where she stands on […]
18 Feb 2014
 This little one is one of my favorite. Edison. He is deaf and Casa de Sion pays for him to go to a special school. His mom loves us because we love him.Most of you know Irvin, our manager, who works hard to keep everything together.Bring your medical team and see a large group of MayansHow could you pass up meeting Isabella?Some of the kids we give 5000 meals a month toAlex is one student who was helped to get...
16 Dec 2013
 WE, AT CASA DE SION/SHFC, HOPE YOU WILL CHOOSE US AND OUR PROGRAMS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY GIVING. THERE ARE MANY REASONS FOR THIS. WE GIVE 100% OF ALL DONATIONS TO OUR PROGRAMS SO YOUR MONEY GOES WHERE YOU WANT IT TO. COME VISIT US AT OUR BEAUTIFUL LOCATION NEAR LAKE ATITLAN AND SEE FOR YOURSELF.BELOW ARE SOME OF OUR PROGRAMSMANY OF YOU KNOW THE IDEA OF OPENING AN ORPHANAGE CAME UP WHEN THIS BEAUTIFUL BABY WAS...
09 Dec 2013
We  are growing in lots of ways. As you can see the veggie organic gardens get bigger everyday. We are planning for them to be the vegetables used in all of the 5000 meals a month we now prepare for our Mayan kids in our feeding programs. With the orphanage this will jump to 35,000 meals a month. WOW that is scary. Pray our gardens produce well. We are even growing our own black beans. Our third floor is...
21 Nov 2013
 A month ago I visited the community of Tocayche situated among the Highland Mayans of Guatemala. I was there to check out our community feeding program and to interview kids who can not go to school next year without financial help.I found the feeding program doing well. Several dedicated mamas were doing the cooking for the 90 some people who show up for a nutritious nutrient supplemented lunch.I was saddened...
10 Oct 2013
 We have 60 kids in our middle school sponsorship program . Part of what they need to do to get the scholarship money is help out when needed. This boy is helping to straighten and clean up.  Part of our after school feeding program requires that the moms of the students do the cooking. Here are two mom's doing the cooking. These organic veggies came from our gardensHere is the teacher for after...
18 Sep 2013
Probably the hardest part of the work we do in Guatemala is the transition. Living part time in the USA and part time in Guatemala involves us trying to have lives in both places and to adjust all the time. Right now we are adjusting to leaving the USA. Adjustments include but not limited toNot seeing any of our 22 grandkids under 9 for 7 weeksTrying to make sure all kids left here are settled. Our 17 year old is...
04 Sep 2013
 My new , on probation, Director sent this touching powerpoint. he is just learning English so I give him a high five on this powerpoint and the English description.  Here is our little Raquel giving out the formula she bought with money she made selling lemonade. IRVIN, RAQUEL AND HER MAMAIRVIN DECORATED EVERYTHING FOR OUR GUESTS AND HAD THE SCHOOL KIDS DO A PERFORMANCETHE MAYAN MAMAS ARE HAPPY Want...
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