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ODIM Guatemala Organization


Impact Report

for the


of the Indigenous


Letter from Our Director

Dear Friends and Supporters, We have plenty to smile about at ODIM as 2016 was a year of thoughtful growth and deepening our impact in our two communities. Team ODIM is 40 local employees and 3 non-Guatemalans, along with hundreds of folks like you who make our work possible.

Together, we do tremendous things with precious little. ODIM served thousands of people in our two clinics and more than 400 in our community health and education programs, hosted 150 volunteers who built 6 houses for people in need and served alongside our medical staff. Here’s the thing: we did all this for little more than $225,000! As an investor, you will be hard-pressed to find an organization that can do more with every dollar you donate. Exciting in 2016 was the development of research partnerships with Duke University and St. Vincent College. The results of this research continue to be applied to our programs and services so that we do the good we want to do…in the most impactful, intelligent, sustainable, and respectful way possible. In short, we do good…well. We are also pleased to announce that ODIM was selected as one of nine organizations in the world to receive a grant from the United Methodist Church to enhance our successful Healthy Mommy & Me initiative to end malnutrition for mothers and their babies in our communities. Keep the support coming, and smile! You are part of an organization that has a tremendous impact as an engine of development for the Tz’utujil Maya people. With Gratitude,

Jeff Hassel Executive Director

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Managing the Unimaginable: Julian’s Story Julian’s wife, Rosario, and daughter, Karina, speak matter-of-factly about his illness: about the years of carrying him to the toilet, helping him bathe, spoon-feeding him. Hard enough for families in the global north, caring for a family member with a chronic neurological illness like Parkinson’s becomes unimaginable in a remote community of Guatemala. Of course, accessing healthcare and medicine is difficult and quickly drains a family’s limited resources. A very ill family member is not just one less breadwinner— it limits the productive working time of the family members who care for him. Rosario and Karina have been his constant companions and

helpers for twelve years. Karina supports the family by working odd jobs in town. Day by day, they make it work. Doctor Jeremy Johnson has attended annual medical mission trips with Missouri UMC for as long as Don Julian has been receiving care from ODIM. He first met Julian in 2010. At the time,

Karina, a single parent, explains, “although my mom would like to work,...she can’t because (she has to stay) here every day with my dad. So I go out and find work so that they can eat.”


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Julian had no explanation for the symptoms that had begun as a slight trembling of his thumb and escalated for nearly four years, rendering him unable to work and eventually taking away his ability to walk. Dr. Jeremy helped diagnose the long-term, degenerative disease. He explained to the family that his disease cannot be cured, but that the dreaded tremors—which were disabling Julian from even the simplest of self-care tasks— could be managed with the right medicine. Dr. Jeremy found a donor in the U.S. to provide the medicine that Julian needed, and sent it to Guatemala with the next volunteer group. On a subsequent mission trip in 2012, Dr. Jeremy and the medical volunteer team came prepared with a refill of Julian’s medication. Julian was brought in a wheelchair and was immediately given his medicine. Dr. Jeremy recalls how touching it was when, twenty minutes later, Julian got out of his wheelchair, walked over to Jeremy to speak with him and to tell him that he remembered him.

To this day, ODIM’s medical team knows Julian depends on consistent access to the medications, and routinely coordinate their delivery from the U.S. Our volunteers and the donors who sustain our work have made life with Parkinson’s both possible, and bearable for Julian and his devoted family.

“We thank God for ODIM’s donors, and ask that God bless them,” Karina says. “The medicine is the only reason he is alive now.”

Odim Guatemala | 2016 Annual Report



Odim Guatemala | 2016 Annual Report

Odim Guatemala | 2016 Annual Report


2016 Financial Snapshot Your generosity fuels great impact. We operate simply, doing our utmost to ensure your gifts have the deepest impact possible without compromising the quality of our services.

2016 Budget Category Clinical Care Community Health & Education Programs Admininstrative Costs Housing Program Staff Scholarships Total

2016 Percent Spending of Total $95,257 42% $57,859 26% $38,770 $30,902 $2,640 $225,427

Our administrative costs represent an investment in the people and processes that are key to the sustainability and stability of our services.


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17% 14% 1%


“I give to ODIM because I love that they seek to cure the cause of problems in these communities rather than applying a quick fix. Their progra ms are creating longterm solutions to issues and they are doing this on a relatively small budget. I a m very proud to support ODIM and their ongoing efforts to make a difference.� Paul Copping is a member of Living Water United Methodist Church and the President of RIM Enterprises. He supports ODIM as a donor, a volunteer, and as a member of our Board of Directors.

Our budget reflects our multi-faceted approach to building healthy communities: clinical operating costs translate to much-needed medical and dental care provided in more than 6,000 individual patient visits each year. Our Community Health & Education Program costs demonstrate our commitment to preventative care.

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You are ODIM Guatemala. Our work would not be possible without those of you who have given generously to share your blessings with others. Your gifts and service mean increased knowledge for a care provider who can now treat her patients more effectively. They mean a family has an adequate home for the first time in their lives. They mean a diabetic has access to the medicine he needs to manage a chronic, long-term disease. They mean the people in our communities can feel healthier and more secure, knowing someone is looking out for them.

Special Thanks to these friends who made significant financial contributions in 2016. John and Annette Ambler Ron Wilhelm and Kim Batchelor Harvey and Terry Baxter Paul and Julie Copping Grant Cutri JoAna Dwyer Christopher Fortner Chrystine Franklin Daniel Fraunfelter Susan Goode Alan Hamilton Mary and Bob Harris Joseph Hilbun Jeannie and Richard Jensen Jeremy Johnson Martin Kanne Clifford and Brenda Martin James Moyer Craig Myers Angela Adams and Ken Parker Gina Ross Catherine and Kyle Rutledge Paula Sauder Thomas and Leslie Sherrill Molly and Dale Tampke Nancy Taylor Charles and Clara Trimmer Ann and Vincent Watkins


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Support from our Methodist Community Financial Contributions Members of these congregations gave generously to support our work: Father Dyer UMC Colorado First UMC Emporia, Kansas First UMC of Denton, Texas First UMC Wamego, Kansas Mt. Nebo UMC Pennsylvania Northaven UMC Texas Skyland UMC North Carolina United Park UMC Texas Unity Chapel UMC Indiana University Park UMC Texas Valhalla UMC New York West End UMC Tennessee

Gifts of Service Members of these congregations volunteered with us in Guatemala: Argyle UMC Texas Bartley Temple UMC Florida First UMC Emporia Kansas Father Dyer UMC Colorado Living Water UMC Iowa Mt. Pleasant UMC Florida Northaven UMC Texas Shawnee UMC Kansas St. Andrew UMC Colorado St. Mark’s UMC Kansas Trinity UMC Florida University Park UMC TX FUMC Wamego Kansas West End UMC Tennessee A heartfelt thanks to the UMC Global Board of General Ministries, whose generous support of our Healthy Mommy & Me initiative is helping to end child malnutrition in our communities.

Partners From research, to trainings, to medical equipment and contraceptive methods, these partners provided services and resources to increase the effectiveness of our programs and clinical care.


Duke Global Health Institute Emory University RSPH St. Vincent College Sonosite’s Global Health Program Wings Guatemala

Global Health Fellows 2016 These longer-term volunteers with medical and public health expertise worked to improve staff knowledge and clinical services. Brianna Williamson Lisa Garland Neha Kamat Stephen Alajajian

Last year we received 325 donations from ~200 individual supporters and 12 church communities—and non-financial support from many others. There are many individuals on whom we depend whose names are not listed here. Thank you.

“My first trip to Guatemala was such an inspirational journey....It is my honor and privilege to be part of the ODIM fa mily to make the world a better place to live. I hope to be able to go back to share my medical experience in the future with the communities in Guatemala.” Reza Najafi is an ultrasound technician who has served in Guatemala as a medical volunteer with fellow members of First United Methodist Church in EmporiaKansas.

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Thank you from “Team ODIM� On behalf of our 40 Guatemalan team members, 3 international staff, Board of Directors, and the thousands of folks in the communities we serve, thanks for being a part of our mighty little organization!

Board of Directors Ron Wilhem, PhD, President Rev. Jeannie Jensen, Secretary Alyse Lopez-Salm, MPH Jackie Benjamin Dr. Jeremy Johnson Mary Harris Paul Copping

ODIM G u a t e m a l a Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya

Special thanks to Anna C. Watts for the incredible photography found in this report. See more of her work at: http://www.annacwatts.com/.

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ODIM Guatemala 2016 Impact Report  

Report to donors and friends of our successes in 2016.

ODIM Guatemala 2016 Impact Report  

Report to donors and friends of our successes in 2016.