Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya (ODIM)
Human Development Fund grants help further the work of ODIM in two Mayan communities of Lake Atitlán. ODIM aims to improve the quality of life of members of these communities through health services and educational programs. ODIM focuses on empowering members of the community to have a hopeful future for themselves and their children. Projects include:
· Clínica Sanjuanerita, a medical clinic/education building in San Juan La Laguna, and Clínica Chuitinamit, a medical clinic/education building in San Pablo La Laguna, provide primary care services to the people of San Juan and San Pablo La Laguna. In conjunction with WINGS of Antigua, Guatemala, ODIM coordinates training of Mayan women in family planning and conducts cervical cancer detection clinics.
· Health Promoter Education. ODIM has trained approximately 25 local health promoters from San Juan and San Pablo. The health promoters reach out into the community to help create sustainable healthcare that will lead to prevention and better lives for the people. Health promoters lead classes in basic first aid, nutrition, hygiene, common illnesses and diseases, basic anatomy and body systems, and diabetes care.
· Beca Program. ODIM also provides scholarships and a tutoring program for 15 of the poorest children in San Pablo La Laguna. Scholarships provide children in San Pablo with the resources and support they need to attend and succeed in school. The donations for this program cover registration, monthly tuition, books, supplies, school and gym uniforms, two pairs of shoes, and four hours of tutoring per week. $600 covers all of the program costs for a scholarship recipient for one year.
· Home Construction. Volunteer teams from the US work with local craftsmen to build two-room, cinder block homes for families in San Pablo La Laguna who are most in need of safe, healthy housing.
For more information, visit http://www.odimguatemala.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/pages/ODIM-Guatemala/218044708229016 or email ODIM at ODIM.ExecutiveDirector@gmail.com .