Who we are
The Hermano Pedro Social Works Foundation
Is a US tax deductible non- profit 501, founded to support the charitable activities of the Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro in Antigua Guatemala. Donations can be made by checks payable to the Foundation and mailed to P. O. Box 631, Mount Vernon, NY 1055-0631, U.S.A. Receipts will be issued for donations. IRS Employers Identification Number 31-17635.
Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro
OSSHP was founded 36 years ago. It is an apolitical non-governmental institution, legally constituted, registered in the tax system of the government of Guatemala and licensed to operate in health and education activities, under the leadership of the Minor Order of Franciscan Friars. Its objective is to provide medical, educational, spiritual, moral and social assistance to every person with limited resources, orphaned or abandoned. It is recognized for the quality of its services and reputation as a transparent and reliable charity faith-based organization.
To fulfill its service mission, OSSHP has two major focuses: a Health Program and a Institutional Homes Program, both with a wide coverage characterized by the quality, charity and warmth of its services. This extraordinary humanitarian work was founded in 1979 by Fray Guillermo Bonilla, who called himself an emulate of the steps of the Holy Brother Pedro of Bethancourt, who also sought to take care of convalescing poor in different private houses. It was in 1983 that he obtained, by concession by the municipality of the city of Antigua Guatemala, the crumbling facilities of what used to be the hospital for Clerics San Pedro Apostle to install there the definitive headquarters of Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro which was officially inaugurated on March 16, 1983 with 12 beds for the sick. From January 15, 1994 to January 15, 2015, Fray José Contrán, continued this work as General Director of the institution and also became a promoter of the construction of the entire urban complex of the building with the support of international voluntary organizations and many benefactors who saw a sincere spirit of service and generosity towards the poorest and most needy guatemalans in Obras Sociales.
Soon, the growth in health services provided to those who were most needy and abandoned caused Fray José Contran and the Franciscan Fraternity to begin dreaming with a new place to house the permanent homes of the permanent residents and to also dream with the new possibility of using the current facilities for a school hospital. This is how the Virgen del Socorro project was born—a dream project that is now a reality in its first phase providing a more dignified and comfortable home for patients in more appropriate facilities.