The poorest among the poor, Guatemala
"Obras Sociales Hernamo del Pedro" in Antigua (Guatemala) serves as a social center for the needy, shelter for old people, treatment of malnourished children, handicapped and blind or mentally diseased people. Currently it is managed byFranciscan friars. It is a place unlike any other - a multi-service facility providing a home, and care for the elderly and orphaned, the mentally challenged and chronically ill. Over three hundred people ranging in age from a few days to over ninety live at Obras Sociales Hermano Pedro permanently. In addition, Obras Sociales Hermano Pedro offers a school for the handicapped children and a nutrition center where malnourished infants and children are treated. Services are offered to the public through a medical and dental clinic, a small basic clinical lab, a pharmacy and a physical therapy department. Used clothing is also sold at minimal cost to the poor while also providing a little extra income for the hospital.
The hospital also houses several functional operating rooms. The rooms are filled on a weekly basis for all but one month of the year by medical groups that come to perform a variety of surgeries for nominal costs, or often for free. Visiting staff are assisted by full-time nurses employed by the hospital.