In 1988, after a pilgrimage to Bosnia, Lian Fanjul de Azqueta, the founder of what has come to be MIR Charities, felt an overwhelming need to give to those in need in her community. Humbly, Lian began a small food distribution service with a colleague. They packed bags of food in her mother’s garage and distributed the sustenance throughout the nearby town of Pahokee, Florida. Later that same year, her brother Alfonso Fanjul won the Sugar Golf Tournament and donated his winnings to his sister to use as seed money to begin educational programs in the Dominican Republic and that is when MIR began. We thank the continued support of our founding members especially to Emilia and Jose "Pepe" Fanjul who have hosted an annual fundraiser since 1992 to benefit MIR.

MIR has grown quickly in order to provide the people of the Dominican Republic with the hope and love they need and deserve. The foundation survives on donations made by people who believe in our mission.