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Paramedics For Children Inc

Rating: 4.96 stars   52 reviews 2,359

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Address:

9709-2 Emerald Point Drive Charlotte NC 28278 USA

Mission:

Founded in 1997 by Rodger Harrison Paramedics For Children is an international humanitarian organization serving the world's poor by providing programs that help save lives, bring hope, and restore dignity. This assistance is always provided without regard to religious beliefs, gender, or ethnic background, and without any personal agendas on the part of our organization. We are now working in Honduras Central America" All of our funding comes totally from private donations. Many of our donors are also volunteers. Although we are a small charity we are very proud of our ability to get the job done. We maintain our main office in Charlotte, NC and are an incorporated 501 (c) (3) non profit organization. Our IRS identification number is: 56-2142951. We also maintain a headquarters in Copan Ruinas, Honduras, where we have an office and medical clinic.

Target demographics:

Children with out hope, education, or quality health care

Direct beneficiaries per year:

7,320 Children and adults in Guatemala and Honduras

Geographic areas served:

Honduras and Guatemala

Programs:

Programs now in operation by PFC include our Ambulance services, and school assistance programs, and the PFC Clinic of Hope. At the present time our school programs cover 1,600 children in 24 schools in the area of Copan Ruinas, Honduras. In addition we are operating in nine other cities in Honduras, and Guatemala with chapters of our all volunteer rescue squads.

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704-763-2585
http://www.paramedicsforchildren.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

I follow this organization closely and I am continually blown away by the dedication they have to their mission. I have yet to visit the hacienda in Copán, and I will do so this year! Even though I haven't seen their work with my own eyes yet, I love how they are really on top of their communication which gives you a great look into what PFC is working on and what they're all about. And even though my donation this year was all that large, I received a personal letter from the founder!

Keep up the amazing work!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Paramedics For Children (PFC) is an excellent nonprofit that supports the needs of patients in Honduras and neighboring countries. What sets PFC apart is its commitment to treating the whole patient, understanding that good healthcare combined with care for the individual is important.

 
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I had the great privilege of working with PFC on a large project that culminated in Guatemala and Honduras a couple years ago. Throughout the 3-year duration of the project, Rodger & PFC were instrumentally helpful and supportive, and ultimately vital to our success in delivering and donating a modern ambulance to the bomberos of Retalhuleu, Guatemala. Finally meeting the PFC team on the ground after much long-distance collaboration was an inspiring experience. I can only describe this organization in terms of the passion and dedication that stems directly from the individuals that make its wheels turn. PFC has a large enough presence, reach, and local acceptance to make a real difference, yet is small enough to be focused, adaptable, personal, and efficient. Sadly, its abilities and ambitions are limited only by its funding.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Paramedics for Children is built on the love of one man for a people in a country far from his own who touched his heart years ago and left him with the desire to stay and help them when he could have lived a very comfortable life at home. These people have very little in the way of health care, education, supplies and compassion from the outside world. PFC through his leadership has made a difference and continues to grow. Building not on political or religious beliefs but on love for these people this is surely the summit of aid they could ever hope for.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I went and volunteered on 2 separate trips with Paramedics for Children.
Each trip was incredible. The work that is done there to provide health care and education to the Children in that area is nothing short of a true labour of love. Many charities build a school in a region, but the school doesn't survive without a teacher and supplies! This is ONE of the many things PFC does.. Sustains the schools in the local area with supplies throughout the year. The medical clinic is there for everyone to have the opportunity to access care. PFC does not limit itself to the Copan region, it is far reaching and a VERY worthwhile NPC to support !

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I facilitate my church's prayer community for select missions in Central America so that we have many people praying daily for them. Paramedics for Children is a wonderful mission team that serves the poor and hurting people in the area, and is one of the missions we cover with our prayers. They operate in and around in Copan Ruinas, Honduras with a clinic and emergency vehicles. They do amazing work considering their limited resources. The only thing standing between my 4-star rating and a 5-star rating is significantly increased donations of cash, fever/dehydration medicines, and a ten liter/minute oxygen concentrator.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Paramedics for Children is a small non-profit organization providing education services and healthcare to the poor in the high mountains of Honduras.

PFC continues to do a lot with a little.

The John and Susan Dewan Foundation has supported PFC's school supply program since 2002. This program provides basic school supplies (and vitamins) four times per year to 25 remote mountain villages overlooking the Copan Valley. For the cost of about $9.00 per child per year, PFC makes the difference in a child being able to attend school. This program has been operating continuously since 1997. Local teachers relate that over time, school attendance has been increasing and dropouts are declining in part due to PFC assistance.

The Clinica Esperanza is a low-cost health service providing increased access to care for the poor. It has operated since 2005. The clinic treats up to 750 patients monthly. Participating local doctors agree to charge patients a reduced rate for their normal consultation fee, and in return, get full use of the clinic, all equipment and donated medications free of charge.

The ambulance donation and volunteer training program relies on generous donations from paramedic units across the USA. There are now 22 ambulances in services with 300 paramedic volunteers trained by PFC in eight PFC member chapters both in Honduras and Guatemala.

In the last few years, PFC has taken on partial financial support of the 35 children at the La Casita Orphanage in Copan Ruinas.

Paramedics for Children has managed several significant accomplishments on a shoestring budget. They save lives, bring hope, open opportunity and restore dignity to thousands of the very poor in the Copan region of Honduras and Guatemala.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with the charity since the life-changing trip to Indonesia. PFC fielded a medical team to travel to Indonesia after the tsunami.
Since then I have visited the Honduran site in Copan Ruinas, one of the most beautiful houses I have seen, several times. I have participated in their medical clinic program, school supplies distribution, vitamins program, orphanage sponsorship, and other social programs.
This is truly remarkable charity, run by some of the most dedicated people who literally turn every donated penny into an amazing array of programs and services. Those serve some of the poorest of the poor and give them hope for better life.
All donations are used extremely judiciously, with maximum impact on the communities they serve.
I volunteer with a number of different organizations but Paramedics for Children is one of the best in terms of value and efficiency, dedication, and effectiveness. I cannot recommend them enough.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have traveled to Indonesia after the tsunami in 2004 with PFC as a part of medical relief team. The organization sponsored and paid for the trip and the mission treated over 400 refugees who up to then had no access to medical care. In addition, our team set up a forward medical clinic in one of the refugee areas and donated a massive amount of medical supplies.
I have been involved with PFC ever since, as a volunteer, contributor, fundraiser, and occasional helper and visitor.
I have seen the work of this charity over eight years. Every penny donated goes to its primary mission of helping the poorest of the poor in Copan, Honduras. The charity runs the only medical clinic in a very large area, supports orphanage, donates school supplies and vitamins, brings in donated medical and fire/rescue supplies and provides training, and aids a desperately poor area in so many other ways. It is indeed a lifeline for so many.
Rodger Harrison, the founder and president of the charity, is one of the most honest, generous people I have been privileged to meet. I know for fact that all donations go directly to care for the some of the most neediest people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make them more visible and recognizes them for the decades of incredible charity work they have been doing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It is hard to describe the impact this little charity had on the refugees in Indonesia after the tsunami of December 2004. The charity founders, Pam and Rodger, accomplished an incredible feat of organizing 16 medical professionals to respond to the critical conditions in Indonesia. Paramedics for Children provided an unbelievable amount of logistics, financing, planning, and just plain hard work to send the group on a medical relief mission half way across the world. Our group assisted over 400 hundred desperately needy Indonesians who were left with nothing after one of the greatest natural disasters in human history. We brought over several hundred pounds of medical and technical supplies and treated people who had no other access to the most basic medical care. Even aspirin was a treasure in those primitive field conditions. Our group, despite incredible odds, set up a forward medical clinic in one of the refugee camps, ran a medical clinic for several days, and left behind a framework and supplies for our relief medical team. Not only did we bring medical supplies and expertise, but hope. Most of the people had never seen anyone outside of their community. To know that the world was supporting them and that people all across the world cared about what happened to them was priceless. Everyone of them will forever remember the group of Americans and Canadians, and one New Zealander and Czech, and the fact that they came literally half way across the world and lived and worked in the most primitive conditions and brought hope.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Honduras, US, and Indonesia.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would provide all the funding in the world because this is incredibly efficient charity that provides culturally and economically sustainable care in all levels.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I would love to participate in more US fundraising events.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Forever yes. I came away knowing that no matter what happens to me, there is always greater need in the world. This experience forever changed my attitude toward the world and made me realize how fortunate we are and more than ever committed to sharing and volunteering. I also immediately joined a local fire department upon return and continue serving my community as a volunteer EMT, firefighter, rescue tech, and few other capacities.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Despite the utter devastation, I was incredibly moved by the world-wide effort to help. And it also made me realize how few dedicated people can really change the world and provide hope, priceless hope.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Participated in School Supply, Fruit for Life, and Census programs with PFC. Each experience was very rewarding. Tremendous interaction with the Honduran people and felt satisfied that my donations were well spent. I highly recommend this charity.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Participated in School Supply, Fruit for Life, and Census programs with PFC. Each experience was very rewarding. Tremendous interaction with the Honduran people and felt satisfied that my donations were well spent. I highly recommend this charity.

 
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