Guatemalan Orphanage – Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos

Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos is a non profit founded in 1954 by an American Priest by the name of Father Wasson. He was the priest of a very small and very poor church located in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He went on to open an orphanage on an old sugar refinery located in Miacatlan, Mexico. He did not have money to care for the children. He only knew he could not leave them to die on the streets. He was able to care for these children with anonymous donations and with the help of his family and friends. Today through the continued generosity of his friends and family they now have 9 Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos orphanages located in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

During the Haitian earthquake of January 2010, we worked feverishly to get emergency and medical supplies into Port au Prince by land via the Dominican Republic. This is an image of a container full of walkers, crutches, food and medicine that we shipped over the week of the earthquake. It was one of first containers to make it over.

On another occassion we spent time at their orphanage located outside of Antigua, Guatemala. While we were there we conducted network cable classes for the kids. We also taught the handicapped children how to make large scale origami sculptures in a group collaborative effort. These empowering classes taught the children how easy it is to make network cable as well as the importance of reinforcing team building.

Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos is the model NGO in that they grow what they need to survive, have tilapia ponds, egg producing chickens, have vocational schools on site and send the children for a higher education. Thank you Father Wasson who is now watching over the kids in heaven and thank you Team Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos! We love you!

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Tina Cornely is a long standing humanitarian and environmental activist. She is the former Director of Technology of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the former Director of Operations at the Miami Art Museum in Miami, Florida. Ms. Cornely believes that art is healing and revealing. In her own words, we can express with art what we cannot express with words. When we use art to teach others, we help increase their critical thinking skills exponentially. Art can also be a means to generate a revenue source. And when you make art out of trash, everyone benefits.

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