This is the first in a series of interviews that spotlight HOI’s staff in Honduras and Nicaragua. We hope that through these interviews, you’ll be able to get to know the backgrounds, work, and hearts of our staff in between your trips!
Interview with Doctor German Jiménez
By Waly Ruiz, HOI Managerial Secretary
Where were you born?
In the municipality of San Pedro Zacapa, in the department of Santa Barbara, on September 4, 1963.
Tell me about your family, your siblings and parents.
Currently I have 2 sisters and 3 brothers. I had another brother who was the oldest; however he died a couple of years ago. My father worked in agriculture and ranching, and my mother was a housewife. My father died 3 years ago.
How many children do you have? What are their dreams and aspirations?
I have three children, two sons and a daughter. Currently my sons, who are older, are in the final year of higher education. One of them is earning a college degree in business administration, and the second in systems engineering. My daughter is in her third year of medical school; she was motivated to study this field by the opportunity to serve others.
Do you feel like the distance from your family due to your work has had negative consequences on your relationships in any way?
No, at first it was a little more difficult, and certainly we miss each other, but it’s something we have learned to handle and which we’ve talked about. So it hasn’t dramatically affected our family relationship.
Where did you receive your education?
In the municipality of San Pedro Zacapa, in the Francisco Morazán School. I went to high school in the Brígido Bardales Institute. Later I studied in the Pedro Nufio School, where I obtained the title of primary education teacher.
Did you want to be a doctor ever since starting high school? What motivated you to become a doctor? Did you receive any scholarships for college?
I decided to become a doctor while finishing my secondary studies, and what motivated me was the ability to give my services to people. And at no point in my education did I receive a scholarship. Everything was paid for by my parents.
What brought you to Olancho? Why the municipality of San Esteban?
In order to become a doctor in general medicine and surgery, I had to complete a year of social service. To get the assignments of the places where we would complete this service, we had to draw lots, and the little piece of paper I took was San Esteban, Olancho. And that was how I came here in the beginning.
From all of your years in Olancho, specifically in this area, have you observed changes in infrastructure, attitudes or activities of the people here?
Yes, the quality of life is better now. Since I arrived here there’s been growth; it has a better social environment in comparison to when I arrived. I believe that is because the level of education has also increased.
In the area of health, what changes have you observed? Do you feel that there has been progress over time since you arrived here?
Yes, progress has been made through environmental sanitation projects and better health education. There has been a reduction in rates of diseases that used to be very common, like malaria, diarrhea, dengue, etc.
What has been your biggest challenge?
To encourage better access to health services to the population in general, and provide comprehensive care with quality and warmth.
Where do you believe has been HOI’s biggest impact, in the area of Gualaco or San Esteban?
Without a doubt in San Esteban, since the participation of the mission groups is directed to this area. Plus they have three [HOI clinics] in this area, and only one in Gualaco.
Is there anything that has inspired you to stay here after so many years?
I consider it to be the opportunity to serve through HOI. Otherwise there wouldn’t be a way to do this, and I thought that here there was more need for my services than in any other place. And in particular I think that through getting to know people, ties are created that make you want to be in a certain place.
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We’re thankful for all of our staff members, no matter what their roles. Which other ranch staff would you like to see featured here?