ODIM Guatemala

Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya

2016
Impact Report
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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Julian had no explanation for the symptoms that To this day,
had begun as a slight trembling of his thumb and ODIM’s
escalated for nearly four years, rendering him medical team
unable to work and eventually taking away his knows Julian
ability to walk. Dr. Jeremy helped diagnose the depends on
long-term, degenerative disease. He explained to consistent
the family that his disease cannot be cured, but access to the
that the dreaded tremors—which were disabling medications,
Julian from even the simplest of self-care tasks— and routinely
could be managed with the right medicine. coordinate
their delivery
Dr. Jeremy found a donor in the U.S. to provide
from the U.S.
the medicine that Julian needed, and sent it to
Guatemala with the next volunteer group. On a Our
subsequent mission trip in 2012, Dr. Jeremy and volunteers
the medical volunteer team came prepared with and the donors who sustain our work have made
a refill of Julian’s medication. Julian was brought life with Parkinson’s both possible, and bearable
in a wheelchair and was immediately given his for Julian and his devoted family.
medicine. Dr. Jeremy recalls how touching it was
when, twenty minutes later, Julian got out of his “We thank God for ODIM’s donors,
wheelchair, walked over to Jeremy to speak with and ask that God bless them,” Karina
him and to tell him that he remembered him. says. “The medicine is the only reason
he is alive now.”

Managing the Unimaginable: Julian’s Story
Julian’s wife, Rosario, and daughter, Karina, helpers for twelve years. Karina supports the
speak matter-of-factly about his illness: about family by working odd jobs in town. Day by day,
the years of carrying him to the toilet, helping they make it work.
him bathe, spoon-feeding him. Hard enough for
Doctor Jeremy Johnson has attended annual
families in the global north, caring for a family
medical mission trips with Missouri UMC for as
member with a chronic neurological illness like
long as Don Julian has been receiving care from
Parkinson’s becomes unimaginable in a remote
ODIM. He first met Julian in 2010. At the time,
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

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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2016 Financial Snapshot
Our budget reflects our
Your generosity fuels great impact. We operate
WHY I CHOOSE ODIM: multi-faceted approach to building
simply, doing our utmost to ensure your gifts
have the deepest impact possible without PAUL COPPING healthy communities: clinical
compromising the quality of our services. 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.

“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 long-
term solutions to issues and they
are doing this on a relatively small
budget. I a m very proud to support
2016 Budget
Category 2016 Percent
ODIM and their ongoing efforts to
Spending of Total make a difference.”
Clinical Care $95,257 42%
Community Health & $57,859 26% Paul Copping is a member of Living
Education Programs Water United Methodist Church and the
Admininstrative Costs $38,770 17% President of RIM Enterprises. He supports
Housing Program $30,902 14% ODIM as a donor, a volunteer, and as a
Staff Scholarships $2,640 1% member of our Board of Directors.
Total $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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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
Support from Partners WHY I SERVE WITH ODIM:
and service mean increased knowledge for a our Methodist From research, to trainings, to medical REZA NAJAFI
care provider who can now treat her patients equipment and contraceptive methods,
more effectively. They mean a family has Community these partners provided services and
an adequate home for the first time in their resources to increase the effectiveness of
lives. They mean a diabetic has access to Financial Contributions our programs and clinical care.
the medicine he needs to manage a chronic, Members of these congregations gave Duke Global Health Institute
long-term disease. They mean the people in generously to support our work: Emory University RSPH
our communities can feel healthier and more Father Dyer UMC Colorado St. Vincent College
secure, knowing someone is looking out for First UMC Emporia, Kansas Sonosite’s Global Health Program
them. First UMC of Denton, Texas Wings Guatemala
First UMC Wamego, Kansas
Mt. Nebo UMC Pennsylvania
Northaven UMC Texas
Special Thanks Skyland UMC North Carolina
to these friends who made significant United Park UMC Texas
financial contributions in 2016. Unity Chapel UMC Indiana Global Health
University Park UMC Texas
John and Annette Ambler
Ron Wilhelm and Kim Batchelor
Valhalla UMC New York Fellows 2016
West End UMC Tennessee
Harvey and Terry Baxter These longer-term volunteers with “My first trip to Guatemala was such
Paul and Julie Copping medical and public health expertise
Grant Cutri Gifts of Service worked to improve staff knowledge and an inspirational journey....It is my honor
JoAna Dwyer Members of these congregations clinical services.
Christopher Fortner volunteered with us in Guatemala: and privilege to be part of the ODIM
Chrystine Franklin Argyle UMC Texas Brianna Williamson fa mily to make the world a better
Daniel Fraunfelter Bartley Temple UMC Florida Lisa Garland
Susan Goode First UMC Emporia Kansas Neha Kamat place to live. I hope to be able to go
Alan Hamilton Father Dyer UMC Colorado Stephen Alajajian
Mary and Bob Harris Living Water UMC Iowa
back to share my medical experience
Joseph Hilbun Mt. Pleasant UMC Florida in the future with the communities in
Jeannie and Richard Jensen Northaven UMC Texas
Jeremy Johnson Shawnee UMC Kansas Guatemala.”
Martin Kanne St. Andrew UMC Colorado
Clifford and Brenda Martin St. Mark’s UMC Kansas
James Moyer Trinity UMC Florida Reza Najafi is an ultrasound technician
Craig Myers University Park UMC TX
Angela Adams and Ken Parker FUMC Wamego Kansas
who has served in Guatemala as a
Gina Ross West End UMC Tennessee Last year we received medical volunteer with fellow members
Catherine and Kyle Rutledge of First United Methodist Church in
Paula Sauder
325 donations from ~200
A heartfelt thanks to the UMC
individual supporters and 12 church EmporiaKansas.
Thomas and Leslie Sherrill Global Board of General Ministries, whose
Molly and Dale Tampke generous support of our communities—and non-financial
Nancy Taylor Healthy Mommy & Me initiative is support from many others. There are
Charles and Clara Trimmer helping to end child malnutrition in our many individuals on whom we depend
Ann and Vincent Watkins communities. whose names are not listed here.
Thank you.

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

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