Organización para el Desarrollo del Indígena Maya (ODIM)

Non profit organization
(+502) 4173-0313

ODIM (Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya) is an non-profit organization in Guatemala that exists because people like you and I believe that this world can be a better place.  We dare to believe that compassionate, competent and comprehensive medical care and education are possible even in the poorest places on earth. We believe that working together with the people of San Pablo and San Juan la Laguna is better than going it alone. We believe that there are many people in this world who believe as we do, and it is with you that we offer the chance to partner—as volunteers, donors, and  allies. Believing as we do, we can move mountains.

Women, Girls, Boys, Indigenous peoples, Youth
Education, Health, Water and sanitation
Sololá (San Pablo La Laguna, San Juan La Laguna)

Organizational contacts & locations

América Evelina Castro Vargas
Executive Director
(+502) 4173-0313
Andrea García
Medical Director
(+502) 4932-7221
San Juan La Laguna, 

Mission, vision & values


Facilitate access to medical care and preventive health education for the population with equality, honesty and confidentiality; focused on programs that promote the development and empowerment of the communities of San Pablo and San Juan La Laguna.


To be a nationally and internationally recognized leader in preventive health care and education

We value equality, honesty, and confidentiality.

Products, services, and programs


Antibacterial alcohol, made by the youth of the entrepreneurship program.


We have two medical clinics in which we provide medical care services, including general consultation, ultrasounds, medication, Bach Flower therapy if warranted, laboratory tests and dental services.

  • Mom and me Healthy Focused on preventing chronic malnutrition in children from 3 months' gestation to two years of life.
  • Adolescent Health Focused on preventing pregnancies at an early age. Working with young adolescents from 11 to 18 years old.
  • Let's walk together Focused on improving the health of diabetics participating in the program.
  • Scholarships Provides opportunities for young people to achieve their dreams of having a career and supporting their community. Working levels from first basic to diversified.
  • Healthy Housing Focused on empowering families to improve their health through improvements in air and water quality in their homes. Delivering improved stoves and water filters.

Organizational detail

Number of employees: 
Private donations, Fundraising
Primary issue(s) / need(s) addressed

Lack of access to healthcare and preventative health education in rural Guatemala; particularly in Mayan languages.

Impact, adaptations & objectives

Impact to date

ODIM provides around 6000 dental and medical services each year to our communities.

In addition, our 6 community programs offer regular education, support groups, outings and healthy food baskets to 300-400 families each month.

Impact measuring

Our educational programs carry out pre and post tests to measure the increased understanding of the themes.

Programs such as our High Impact Home Improvements program carry out extensive evaluations after the installation of stoves and water filters; 1 week, 1 month, 3 months and 1 year after the intervention in order to measure effectiveness and to trouble shoot.

Our Healthy Mommy & Me program measures height & weight of babies to determine if we are impacting malnutrition (results with each graduating group are 80-90% effective).

We use a combination of quantitive and qualitative data to measure impact of our clinic services, as well as programs.

Universities much as Duke, Denver and St. Vincent College have partnered to measure success and design our programs and students from Universities such as UNAM, North Texas, Colorado and Mariano Galvez have carried out investigations collecting data surrounding the needs and the impact of our work.

Organizational adaptations: 
Size and/or structure, Key offerings, Mission, vision and/or values, Funding model, Way in which you collaborate or work with others
Organizational adaptation details

ODIM began with a couple of volunteers from the USA working in the aftermath of Hurricane Stan. In 2021, ODIM has nearly 50 staff members working to deliver services through well researched and constantly evolving programs, led by the local community.

Short term objectives


ODIM is in the process of searching for land to be able to grow our programs and services further.


ODIM is working on redrafting our logic models to ensure our activities meet the needs of the community.


ODIM is trying to streamline our clinic services in order to be able to see more patients for illnesses in which we can have an impact. ODIM is focusing on investing more of our funds into the areas which have a long term impact.

Long term objectives


ODIM has the goal of purchasing land and building our own clinic and extensive community programs building in San Juan. We also hope to extend our San Pablo clinic as space is currently our most limiting factor.


ODIM has long term plans to continue our academic partnerships and with long term staff training plans to ensure the quality of our programs continues to improve, year on year.


We believe that our programs are addressing the correct areas, and we have developed the tools to have a significant impact. ODIM will continue to measure and adjust programming based on impact on health, gender, and the changing health needs of our communities.