San Juan and San Pablo La Laguna, Departamento de Sololá, Guatemala
ODIM Guatemala is an organization working with indigenous Maya on the shores of Lake Atitlan providing competent and caring solutions to pressing health and health education needs in the villages of San Juan and San Pablo La Laguna. Our services are based on our:
*Two family medicine clinics
*Four community health and education programs
*Volunteer programs in which foreigners can engage this culture and serve on medical teams or in our home construction program.
Clinic services include: family medicine, dental clinic, pharmacy, laboratory, counselling and family
planning. The clinics are staffed by trained local medical providers. Our services are provided in Tz’utujil (the local language) or Spanish - whichever the patient is more comfortable with.
Our four Community Health and Education Programs (CHEPs) are run using a system of local community health
workers in the areas of diabetes, Healthy Teens and school scholarship/tutoring for children and our flagship Healthy Mommy and Me maternal and infant nutrition program which is designed to eliminate malnutrition in our two communities.
ODIM welcomes medical, dental and construction teams (high school age+) from other countries.
ODIM Guatemala employs 40 local staff persons (15 full-time, 25 part-time local staff and leaders) and 2 foreigners who make a profound difference in these communities year-round.
Our goal is to offer our services to the very best of our ability in San Juan and San Pablo and invest heavily in the training and development of our local staff.
The towns: The people of San Juan have done well connecting their centuries-old skills of creating beautiful woven textiles and painted art to the tourists who visit and still half the town lives in poverty, 10% in extreme poverty. Living conditions in San Pablo, by EVERY measure of development, are poor. 70% of the population of San Pablo live in extreme poverty.