San Juan and San Pablo La Laguna, Departamento de Sololá, Guatemala
ODIM Guatemala is an organization working with indigenous Maya in the villages of San Juan and San Pablo La Laguna on the shores of Lake Atitlan. We are community-based and provide competent and caring solutions to pressing health and educational needs in these two communities. We have three areas of service: the clinics, community health and education programs and home construction.
Clinic services include: family medicine, dental clinic, pharmacy, basic laboratory, and family
planning. The clinics are staffed by trained local providers and most services are conducted in Tz’utujil.
Community Health and Education programming is conducted by promotores (local community health
workers) in the areas of diabetes, adolescent health and school scholarship/tutoring for children an the largest...the Healthy Mommy and Me maternal and infant nutrition program designed to eliminate malnutrition in our communities.
ODIM welcomes medical, dental and construction teams (high school age+) from other countries, employs 45 local staff persons (15 full-time, 25 part-time) and 3 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 do so by investing heavily in staff training and connecting with excellent partners.
The people of San Juan, located on the western shore of Lake Atitlan, have done well connecting their centuries-old skills of creating beautiful woven textiles and painted art to the tourists who visit. San Pablo rests 700 feet above the lake, accessible by a deteriorated road and as such is well off the tourist track. Living conditions in San Pablo, by every measure of development, are low. For this reason, ODIM opened our second clinic in February 2014.