Conceived in the abyss of pain, and developed with deep love for humanity, APROQUEN was founded in 1991 by Vivian Pellas, who, along with her husband, Carlos, survived to one of the worst airplane crashes in Central American aviation history.
The suffering and pain of the recuperation left Vivian with renewed compassion and personal empathy towards children suffering from burns and psychological strain. This led to the creation of a surgical medical center for the comprehensive and holistic care of burned children in Nicaragua
APROQUEN was established as a nonprofit under the goal of providing FREE medical services to children suffering from burns.
After two years, APROQUEN redesigned, built and equipped the first Burn Center in Nicaragua at the Fernando Velez Paiz public hospital where the medical team and nurses provided specialized services for 11 years.
APROQUEN opened its doors of its own burn center, with headquarters in Managua, Nicaragua. It is the first independent burn center with international quality standardsmanaged by a multidisciplinary team of health professionals that provide FREE, integral and holistic care.
Chou Ta-Kuan Foundation of Taiwan, for the love, respect and for demonstrating the value of life and inspiring others to move on, 2016.
World Vision Nicaragua, gives the award for the significant contribution to the comprehensive well-being of Nicaraguan children with an emphasis on their tender protection, 2015.
InterAmerican Institute for Democracy, 2014.
Consejo Empresarial de América Latina, CEAL, 2013.
Consejo Superior de la Empresa Privada (COSEP), 2012
Citibank, Nicaragua, 2011.
Highest honor to a person, that is not a member of the order or a Head of State, 2010.
For her labor in the care of children and adolescents that suffer from burns, 2006.
Bestowed by the Mayor of the City of Hialeah, Florida, Mr. Raúl L. Martínez. For the wonderful, protective work in favor of those who are suffering and for her capacity of “Converting Tears into Smiles.” 2002 2002.