Sr. Pamela Marie Buganski
“God is always talking to me when I am in Guatemala.”
Who Was Vincent Pescatore?
Leaving his job as a highly paid corporate auditor for Price Waterhouse in Washington, Vincent Pescatore set out to build houses for the poor. On a mission trip, at age 35, he was killed in a plane crash in 1996.
Pescatore liked to call his missionary work "Preaching the Kingdom of God."
Pescatore left his comfortable home and took up residence amidst squalid conditions in Latin America, where he began a life of carrying out the corporal works of mercy on behalf of the impoverished.
Pescatore founded Farm of the Child in El Petén, Guatemala's northern region.
In establishing the mission, Pescatore met with constant struggle; a lack of modern
conveniences, including running water, horrendously unhygienic conditions; a diet limited to beans and tortillas; and transportation problems associated with a site located a six-hour drive from the nearest town-not to mention superstitions and government corruption.
"I don't think I could have survived any of this without a corresponding growth in faith," Pescatore said.
Pescatore demonstrated the courage of his convictions, when he enlisted the assistance of the Daughters of St. Joseph. He entrusted the Guatemalan religious order with operating Farm of the Child's orphanage with 30 orphans, the Catholic school with more than 200 students and the health-service center that treats more than 300 patients monthly. He went on to found a second center in Honduras.
What is the History of Vincent Pescatore Hospital in Petén Guatemala?
Named for a deceased Canadian Brother who assisted VOSH missions in Guatemala the hospital opened April 2004. Planning, fund raising and construction took VOSH-PA 10 years to complete this enormous task. A fully equipped eye hospital including a chapel employs a professional staff. Using the Avarind model, it's expected to be sustainable. VOSH missions from Pennsylvania and Ontario will continue to work closely with the hospital. The primary mission of VOSH/International is to facilitate the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care.
SewHope has been warmly welcomed by the persons at Vincent Pescatore Eye Clinic in San Benito. Many things have already happened in the 6 weeks that we have been associated with them. It demonstrates that no one of us has to do it all, including any one association. This is collaboration at its best!
I would also like to find out more about the Farm of the Child and perhaps visit. Who knows how we might be able to help one another help the poor in Guatemala.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012