Rosa was forced to marry at age 15 by her family. With an abusive husband, she suffered many years during her marriage, and was denied a say in family or household decisions. Eventually able to separate from her husband, she faced many challenges raising her four children alone, often not knowing how she would afford to feed them and send them to school each month. With support from her former father in law, Rosa returned to school and decided to study nursing.
Throughout her studies, Rosa realized she knew very little about her personal health, never mind her reproductive health. She began to think about how she lost her mother and aunt to cervical cancer as a young child. Rosa was terrified she would face the same fate. So she decided to seek a cervical cancer screening with WINGS, where our team discovered abnormal cell growth. If left untreated, those cells would likely have developed into cervical cancer. However, Rosa received on the spot cryotherapy treatment, and that day went home cervical cancer free.
Rosa soon after joined the WINGS team as an assistant nurse. “I am grateful to WINGS for supporting me and allowing me to keep being a mother to my children. I am so proud to be able to help people in need. I love every part of my job; giving educational talks to communities in my native Mayan language, providing birth control methods, and screening women to prevent cervical cancer. This work is so important and I hope that I can do it forever.”
Cervical Cancer is the #1 cancer-related killer of women in Guatemala, yet it’s the one CANCER WE CAN STOP!
Currently 5.41 million Guatemalan women are at risk for developing cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is easily treatable when detected early. No one should die from this preventable disease. Yet 50% of Guatemalan women have never been screened. Help us send our Mobile Units to reach these women with a cervical cancer screening that could save their lives.
1 screening costs just $10.
Why it matters?
Through providing both cervical cancer information and prevention services, we aim to reduce the shocking number of unnecessary deaths of Guatemalan women caused by this preventable disease. When detected at an early stage, cervical cancer is highly treatable. However, in Guatemala the lack of education and limited health services mean that women, particularly in rural, disadvantaged areas, don’t realize they may be at risk and only seek help when it is already too late.
A small donation of just $10 allows us to provide cervical cancer screening to one women with same-day results; this is crucial as women in rural settings, relying on mobile clinics for health services, are often unable to return or follow up on their procedures. If precancerous cells are detected during the screening, we proceed with same-day cryotherapy treatment. In the case of a more advanced lesion being detected, we refer the patient to a hospital making sure she receives the correct treatment.
Every $10 donated to this campaign will allow us provide a vital cervical cancer screening to one rural, at risk woman in Guatemala. If we reach our $5,000 goal this Giving Tuesday, we will be able to reach 500 women with this life-saving procedure. In case we don’t reach the entire goal, we will still use every dollar raised to provide cervical cancer screenings to as many women as we can! No matter how much you are able to give, you are helping this cause. Is there something you could give up this month in order to give back? How about that $5 pumpkin spice latte or caramel macchiato or whatever your favorite flavor is? It doesn’t have to be huge. Every little bit helps. Together, we can create change.
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Rodrigo Barillas joined WINGS as Executive Director in November 2014. Rodrigo served on WINGS’ Board of Directors since 2011 as Board Secretary and later as President of its Guatemalan subsidiary- ALAS. He brings 10 years of experience working in both the private and public health sectors in Guatemala and the United States. Before joining WINGS, Rodrigo held the position of Health Manager for USAID´s mutlisectoral project Alianzas, and worked closely with WINGS to execute multiple projects. Most recently he was the Director of Health Services at Hospital Herrera Llerandi. Rodrigo brings extensive knowledge of the local, private sector to WINGS.
Sally first joined WINGS in 2013 as a volunteer for the Development Department and became the Development Coordinator in April 2014. She is responsible for overseeing individual donor relationships through management of our database and specific communications, as well as collaborating with the Development Team on all fundraising efforts. Previous to WINGS, Sally worked with several non-profits in and around Antigua, including Las Manos de Christine and Camino Seguro. She is a graduate of Fordham University with a B.S. in International Political Economy.
Anna joined WINGS in March 2015 to coordinate all aspects of Communications. Before that she worked for Education for the Children Foundation in Guatemala. A keen photographer and designer, she focuses on producing engaging visual and digital media content for increased initiative awareness, with particular interest in international development and reproductive health. She holds a BA in Photography and an MSc in Tourism with research in Ecotourism in Sustainable Development in Latin America.
Shaili was born and raised in Guatemala, where she participated in various volunteering opportunities that focused on the fight against poverty. She studied Psychology and Political Science at the University of Minnesota, where she also worked in nonprofit organizations like the National MS Society and the Center for Victims of Torture. Shaili also lived in Kenya, where she worked as a psychologist and teacher for a rescue center for young girls in the rural area. Shaili is passionate about social justice and her country, so she came back to Guatemala to continue her work in development projects, which led her to work with WINGS.
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