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1 ODIM 2013 Annual Report Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya

2 What’s Inside:  ODIM Mission Statement………………………………..3  New Clinic/Education Building in San Pblo………………4  Medical and Dental Services……………………………..  Health Education…………………………………………  Beca (Scholarhip Program)………………………………  Volunteers in 2013……………………………………….  2013 Statistics…………………………………………..  2013 Financial Summary………………………………..  ODIM Board and Staff…………………………………..

3 Our Mission We work within the Guatemalan community addressing education and healthcare needs. Our vision is for the community to have a hopeful future for themselves and their children.

4 Clinica Chuitinamit is open

5 Health Services Medical Clinic Dental Clinic  Hired a doctor  Launched a prenatal program, which provides check-ups once a week to expecting mothers.  Completed a patient survey with 104 current patients: 60 in San Juan and 44 in San Pablo.  Completed patient treatment guidelines for visiting doctors and staff.  Improved patient referral system and accompaniment of patients for complicated illnesses and surgeries.  Trained new staff members to work in the clinic including lab, reception, and pharmacy.  Developed relationships with doctors for advice on complicated patients.  Made arrangements with Ecotermo for the collection and disposal of hospital wastes and sharps.  Provided more complete consults in the clinic (i.e. prenatal consults, lab tests, more time with patients).  Improved communication between medical provider and administrator concerning referrals.

6 Health Education  Our 25 community health promoters are the heart of our ODIM’s health education program. These promoters received trainings and shared their knowledge throughout the community. They also served as advocates to share with us new challenges faced by individual patients.  On November 24, we held a Diabetes Fair in San Pablo which included health stations, a parade, healthy snacks, speeches, and a race to the neighboring town. Over 150 people participated: 60 patients and other community members participated in the parade, 50 adults participated in the race and 40 community members participated in the health stations.  Provided specific education in women’s health thanks to the support of individual volunteers and a GHI (Global Health Institute) team from Emory University. The GHI team instructed health promoters in conducting community interviews asking what services were wanted, and taught detailed courses on women´s health. They also developed an outline for 2014 women´s health courses.  Elizabeth Dequine came back for her third year to work with stress management and relaxation methods with the health promoters.  Diabetes Education  Begun in June 2012, the Diabetes program has continued its success in support of the education and health of some of the most vulnerable villagers in our communities. In addition, it is raising overall awareness, incidence and impact of diabetes.  Program participants learned about the importance of personal values and how their values affect everyday life and their health.  7 community health promoters provided weekly classes, patient follow-up and conducted home visits to support participating patients.  Four classes, two in San Juan and two in San Pablo, were held weekly by health promoters. In these classes patients learned about consequences of the disease, medication options, hypertension, nutrition, how to set and reach short and long term goals, personal hygiene and exercise. Once a month, instead of class, patients go for a hike.  A significant number of program participants seem to have accepted the illness by participating in classes and controlling their blood sugar.  Nutri  Malnutrition is one of the greatest threats to lifelong health faced by children in San Pablo. Through our nutrition project ODIM provided education and health supplements to 20 families in order for the affected children to recover from malnutrition and minimize the illnesses associated with it.   Accomplishments  Created a 12 class curriculum to use for future nutrition groups consisting of general nutrition and prevention and treatment of common illnesses.  Expanded the group to include 20 families. Many of these new families were identified during medical jornadas.  Successful radish and chipilin harvests throughout the year from the community garden.  Regular meetings and verbal evaluations held with participating families. This helped to increase the accountability of health promoters and participating families.  tion program

7 Beca (Scholarship Program  The scholarship or “becas” program provides students with the financial, educational and social support needed to continue studying and receive good grades, submit high quality assignments and become a productive citizen of the world, engaged in critical thinking.   Accomplishments  All 10 of the Becados (scholarship students) successfully passed their classes and will be advancing to the next grade.  Celebrated each Becado’s birthday in order to bring joy and the opportunity to feel special.  Three Becados received honors this year for of having the highest grades in their class. One Becado received a special diploma of recognition for their high grades.  Launched a student cooperative for making and selling handicrafts. This cooperative will 1) increase savings habits of becados and 2) provide the money necessary to cover unexpected educational costs.  Conducted regular meetings with Becados and their families in order to create a safe and healthy environment for our students to learn.  Increased skills and understanding in a variety of subjects including: language arts, math, ecology and other sciences and technology.

8 2013 Volunteers  Since the beginning, ODIM has depended on the support, energy and passion of volunteers in order to build a strong organization. This year we continued to develop the volunteer program in order to best leverage our volunteers and provide them with a memorable trip rooted in cultural exchange.   Accomplishments  Expanded cultural activities available to volunteers by building relationships with Asosiacion Sotz’it (a musical group), Centro-Maya (a center in San Juan for developmentally delayed children and adults), Valhalla Organic Macadamia Nut Farm and the Nature Reserve near Pana.  Improved organization of medical jornadas which allowed for more consistent, quality health-care for a greater number of patients.  Volunteer agreement/mission covenant was created and implemented; it has proven helpful in cultural orientation and guidance of volunteers and in the preservation of ODIM’s reputation.  Construction volunteers worked on the new clinic and education building in San Pablo, which will be completed in February, 2014.

9 Statistics  We had a total of 5261 medical patient visits, 958 dental visits, 202 Bach Flower visits and 289 family planning sessions. (As part of the above totals, the volunteer teams hosted 1,158 medical patient visits and 198 dental visits).  Statistics  Health promoters received 79 hours of training through 36 classes. 15 of these classes were related to women’s health.  11 new health promoters, 7 from San Pablo and 4 from San Juan, joined the program this year.  Statistics  86 active patients, 43 in each community, attended classes, monthly medical consults and meetings with community health promoters.  An average of 14 patients attends weekly classes and the monthly walk.  40% of patients have a normal level of blood glucose.  A1 C tests continued to go down but we do not have the specific data analyzed yet.  Statistics  12 nutrition and health education classes provided to the mothers for a total of 18 hours of education.  7200 eggs distributed to women in program, 1 egg a day for 20 children  5 cooking classes with the participants for a total of 15 hours of education.  5 harvests of the community garden (radishes x4, carrots x1, herbs x4, chipilin x3)  6 height and weight checks for each child  Statistics  Students received 186 hours of tutoring through two hour bi-weekly classes with ODIM teachers.  Held 74 enrichment classes (1 hour each) on special topics including: Mayan numbers, speed reading, and the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources among many others.  Students participated in 10 Saturday volunteer projects (4 hours each) including help building the new clinic and cleaning up trash in San Pablo and along the lake shore.  Statistics  17 Volunteer Repeat Team- no new teams in 2013  9 medical teams (4 strictly medical, 4 mixed and 1 health education)  8 construction teams  183 volunteers who came as a part of a team  18 specialized individual volunteers.  201 Total Volunteers for the year

10 Quotes  Volunt  “Everything is memorable here – I love it here!” Sandy & Larry Turner (Durango UMC, CO)  “Observing the impact the clinic has had on individuals and families through care and education and the patience and kindness the local people showed toward the volunteers was motivational and very grounding.” Lauren LeStourgeon (West End UMC, Nashville, TN)  “To be a part of a mission that was initiated in response to the needs expressed by the people (instead of the needs assumed by the missioners) opened doors of mutual trust and respect and made the entire experience a joy.” Rev. Larry George (University Park UMC, TX- team member)


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