Odilia tragically lost both her parents at a very young age. She was raised in the village of El Rosario cleaning homes with her aunt and never given the opportunity to go to middle school. A few years ago missionaries in the village were conducting interviews for kids to receive middle school scholarships. Young kids and their parents lined up. At 18 years old, and all by herself, Odilia knocked on their door and expressed her desire to go to middle school too. She received a scholarship and breezed through the middle school courses. This woman is extremely intelligent, a fighter, and never stops smiling! Odilia also plans to attend nursing school. She works part time for us! Odilia provides preschool for all the young children that the mothers bring when visiting the clinic.
Lisbeth was born and raised in the village of El Rosario and resides just yards away from our clinic. Most kids in our village do not make it past middle school. Against all odds, she graduated high school and began taking university courses on health and educating children with disabilities. After one year of interning in our clinic, she began nursing school at a University in Antigua, and now works part time for us! Lisbeth utilizes our community health curriculum to teach health classes to mothers. She also completes home visits on all the mothers to ensure the lessons learned in class are being applied.
Our pediatrician graduated from the best medical school in Guatemala, University of San Carlos, and has over 30 years of experience. He specializes in malnutrition and cerebral palsy or other developmental delays. He is a genius that treats the mothers with so much love and respect. His time is sought after. The waiting room of his private clinic is always packed and his evenings are spent at hospitals for high-risk deliveries. But this doctor fell in love with our village and his heart for the mothers and babies cleared his schedule. We have the privilege of having this doctor on our team!
Lucy is a licensed physical therapist. We began to visit her at a private clinic a few years ago. Her heart for theses moms and babies grew and she joined our team! Lucy comes to our village once a week to provide on-site physical therapy.
Mara was born in a nearby village and currently resides in El Rosario where she and her husband are raising their five children. Mara is strong leader in the local church. Her connection to the church and the community fosters an incredible relationship between our clinic and the communities surrounding. Mara works for us part time by accompanying mothers to doctor’s appointments - as many of our specialist are in the city and navigating the system is difficult. Mara also completes home visits and provides social work, assisting with concerns within home life and the complexities of oppression and poverty.
Jeff and Karlie founded the non-profit organization, Ordinary Nurses to bring health and hope to the starving babies of rural Guatemala. Jeff graduated with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting and a minor in Biblical Studies from BIOLA University. Jeff has a strong construction background having worked several years for his parent’s excavation company. Karlie graduated with a BS in Nursing with a minor in Spanish from the University of Northern Colorado. She was an emergency room nurse at Medical Center of the Rockies in Colorado. They took several trips to Guatemala in support of their now mentors, George and Vonda Sisneros with Ordinary Missionaries. During these short-term trips, God revealed to them the extensive need for infant health care, especially related to malnutrition and preventable disease. Jeff and Karlie have been married for five years and live in Guatemala. You can follow their video blogs on YouTube.