Hermano Pedro Social Works
During one of our first trips to Guatemala, about eight years ago, while my daughter and I were holding a business meeting, my husband, Dave, decided to walk around Antigua; on one of the cobblestone streets, he came across a yellow colonial church; at its century old doors, a line of people formed, long enough that it wrapped around the entire block. He inquired of one of the women why she stood in line, he discovered that the church was actually a hospital and a nonprofit entity that provided free healthcare for the displaced, the poor, the needy, the underprivileged. The rest is history.
Since then, our family has been collecting donations for El Hno. Pedro Hospital every year. Sometimes my daughters collect baby items and money from their neighbors and we travel down for the holidays, laden with basic items to donate! Our customers over at Nena & Co. have generously provided funds to pay for cleft palate surgery for babies, for a remodel of their NICU unit, and for many basic necessities for the baby ward. Dave’s companies, Complete Speech LLC and F.A.S.T Foundation also provide many free services to this worthy cause.
This year, Mikoleon is reaching out to all of our customers via our website. How can you help? We’ve made it very easy for you to help! When you place an order with us, you will have the chance to donate $5 to our fund at checkout. This is not tax deductible, however, if you would like to donate more than $5 and use a tax write-off, you can do it through our non-profit foundation F.A.S.T. and you will get a tax deduction!
Your donation will be used to buy essentials for the Infant Ward at Hermano Pedro’s Hospital such as, diapers, baby formula, baby blankets, pacifiers, baby shampoo, lotions, snacks, etc. Our family will be traveling to Guate in January and we will be making a donation in the name of our Mikoleon family! Thank you in advance for trusting us and for being part of our Miko family, together, we can do so much more!
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Mission & History
Obras Sociales was founded in 1979 by Fray Guillermo Bonilla, a Franciscan priest who followed the mission of Holy Brother Peter Bethancourt (Santo Hermano Pedro), caring for the poor, disabled and abandoned in small private homes in Antigua. In 1983, the Antigua municipality conceded him the crumbling facilities of the colonial-era Antiguo Hospital de Clérigos del Apostól San Pedro. It was officially inaugurated on March 16, 1983 with twelve beds for the sick. Now, Obras Sociales is one of the largest surgery providers in the country. In addition, thousands of Guatemalans who lack access to care receive high quality primary and preventive care, education and treatments at Obras’ clinics, residential care homes and external facilities. In order to meet an increased demand for services, Obras Sociales recently build a second center outside Antigua, Virgen de Socorro. This dream project is now in its first phase, and is home to 250 residents needing specialized, round-the-clock care.
Obras Sociales remains an apolitical, registered non-governmental institution, with operating licenses in health and education. It is recognized for the quality of its services and reputation as a transparent and reliable charity faith-based organization. The economic stability and sustainability of Obras Sociales derives from a variety of sources: donations from former volunteers and international medical teams, the Guatemalan government and private sector, the Catholic Church, and Asociación Amigos Pro Obras Sociales, a system of Guatemalan volunteers who assist with special projects, consulting and financial support.
For more information about Obras Sociales,
please visit their website.