Rating: 4.94 stars 35 reviews
Issues: Health, International
Location: P. O. Box 72618 Marietta GA 30007 USA
Results: Since 1986, Mission Predisan has been instrumental in the development and implementation of health promotion and health education training programs. Predisan works with local universities and the Honduran Ministry of Health to develop education programs and training guidelines that set the standard for training the next generation of Honduran healthcare providers. Our staff are Honduran nationals that have been instrumental to improving the quality of health in their communities. They are doctors, nurses, teachers, psychologists, counselors, mid-wives and health promoters that serve with the heart and compassion of Christ. Predisan staff and volunteers provide high quality health care, rehabilitation for drug addicts and alcoholics, biblical family counseling and drug prevention activities for youth. We concentrate our services on the most marginal and unprotected groups, especially those that are at the greatest risk and/or have the least access to services. Predisan operates out of 25 facilities: The Good Samaritan Medical Center in central Catacamas, CEREPA addiction treatment center and one clinic in rural suburbs of Catacamas and five remote mountain clinics where we serve more than 50 small villages. We also serve through 17 health centers in the municipality of Culmi that include a birthing center and doctors office. We join with local, national efforts, health organizations, and community groups to develop strategies that address the cause of disease and implement preventative activities that empower communities to build sustainable solutions. We foster a safe and healthy environment for mind, body and spirit through community development and education initiatives that impact the next generation. Community development programs are the key to the sustainability, success and health of the people and communities we serve. To inspire future missionaries we integrate volunteer experiences into all of our programs. Predisan’s volunteer program creates an exchange of experiences with professionals, medical brigades and students. Volunteers come primarily from North American churches, colleges and medical schools — bringing fresh ideas and expertise to expand Predisan's outreach. More than 350 doctors, church members, community leaders and students — as individuals or as groups — visited and worked at Predisan in 2014.
Target demographics: families, women and children
Direct beneficiaries per year: 44,500
Geographic areas served: Olancho, Honduras
The beautiful and modern Good Samaritan Clinic in Catacamas, Honduras, provides out-patient family medical care, specialty care and surgical procedures by doctors in Predisan's volunteer program.
A Rural and Mountain Health Program operates clinics in rural and mountain areas near Catacamas.
CEREPA, Predisan's addiction-treatment center in Catacamas is known as a leading center throughout Central America. It usually operates at capacity for men and women in-patients, and provides out-patient care.
An Education Program provides a scholarship program for students from kindergarten through high school, programs for health workers and citizens associated with the mountain clinics, and an anti-addiction/self-esteem program for elementary and secondary students.
A Community Development Program works with the mountain communities Predisan serves to provide education, collaboration on public health projects such as water and latrine systems and a variety of education/community development services. The program works with governmental agencies to provide a Healthy Schools program to students in local elementary schools. The students receive medical screenings, vitamins, parasite treatments, lice treatments and a healthy snack each day.
A Spiritual Development Program works to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ through all of Predisan's efforts. Chaplains work at Predisan facilities daily to bring comfort and encouragement and oversee a program to provide vouchers for medical care to those unable to pay Predisan's symbolic charges for services.
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I have had the great opportunity to do mission work with Predisan the past two years. While volunteering, I have seen the passion and work that Predisan shares with the people of Honduras. They are full of love and dedication as they share the gospel to those in the communities as well as taking care of the wellness and health concerns of those there. They are making a difference in the lives they touch each day. Predisan has a genuine concern for families by showing them how to provide for their family, giving children school opportunities that they wouldn’t normally have and sharing with them God’s faithfulness. I would recommend Predisan to anyone who is looking for an organization to volunteer with that truly makes a difference in the Honduran lives.
Thank you, Predisan, for the amazing work you are doing for the kingdom! God bless everyone of you!
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I returned to Catacamas in August to share in teaching seminars along with the minister from our church. While there, Dr. Madrid, the executive director of PREDISAN, took us on house call to a community where I worked as a part of the PREDISAN staff years ago. Dr. Madrid and I exchanged memories about traveling to El Coyote once a week in 1992 to teach health care worker classes. We recalled the participants and realized what a life changer that experience was for most of them. Two became nurses, another became a director of a national park, and Jose had stayed in his village as a key leader for community development. As we spoke his name, we wondered if we might find him at home, as I had not seen him in more than 10 years. We drove over to his street, and to our delight, there was Jose standing beside the road chatting with his neighbors. We embraced and fell into enthusiastic conversation about family, community and past relationships. It was exciting to hear him retell how much that year of classes had meant to him and the other seven people who participated. He said, "I learned so much! Those classes opened my eyes and empowered my faith and leadership. They motivated me to connect with my community and work to make improvements so that everyone could enjoy better health." He proudly and exuberantly expressed gratitude for the training, support and friendship of the PREDISAN ministry. PREDISAN was a catalyst for Jose and others to organize their community, so that families in El Coyote now enjoy electricity, a water system, a better school, and improved health.
This unexpected encounter with Jose filled my cup that evening and makes me grateful to God that for 28 years, year after year, day by day the PREDISAN ministry continues to build lives and strengthen faith of Honduran people who use their talents and knowledge and with God's help make a better nieghborhood for themselves and for the next generation.
Predisan is an amazing organization that is doing Kingdom work in Honduras. It has been a life changing experience to be a part of this. I would recommend to anyone thinking about stepping into mission work to prayerfully consider doing so through Predisan. They are very well organized and helped us every step of the way!
As the mother of the builder of the present clinic facility who worked with Predisan for over twelve years, it is very close to my heart. I have been to Catacamas many times volunteering and teaching nutrition lessons and caring for grandchildren and always gained inspiration and shared love and service with everyone there. This is a special organization that is making a positive difference in lives in rural Honduras.
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In August 2014 I was invited to visit Catacamas and assist Predisan with engineering consulting. The folks here demonstrated an experienced hospitality. Even though I am only one of a many volunteers who have made the trek to Predisan in Catacamas over their many years there, I felt my presence there mattered.
It is obvious Predisan's hospitality stems from their passion to bear witness to the healing which God can only give.
I was very encouraged by not only the staff's professional qualifications and capacity for care, but also the bold love they demonstrate for the people of their country. Rather than leave Honduras and find a "promise land", the native Predisan staff indicated they trust that God's covenant mission also exists in Catacamas.
The Predisan staff continue to trust God with big dreams, and testify that God has been with them every step of the way. I am excited to see how God will continue to use these beautiful and broken people in this beautiful and broken region of Honduras.
When I first visited Catacamas, Honduras back in 1993 I was so impressed by the care and loving attention afforded the patients being treated at the then temporary rented clinic facilities of Predisan.
As the medical services were expanded, Predisan has grown from the rented clinic facilities to the Good Samaritan Clinic built in 2001 with two surgical suites, 7 mountain clinics, which have now been added to on request of the Honduras Health Minister and Predisan added 17 more clinics in Culmi, including a Birthing Center. The Gov't realizes Predisan can run these clinics better than they.
This organization is true to its mission and touches all who are involved whether it is the nurses, visitors, patients or surgeons who volunteer their time, talents and expertise. The last group performed 34 surgeries in four days, and the anesthesiologist (first timer) was overwhelmed with the gratitude of the patients, one of whom thanked him in English about six or seven times when she was coming back to consciousness. I've been up in the mountains digging latrines to bringing groups down to Honduras and Catacamas since 1993 and I have never failed to be impacted by my visits or seeing those fellow travelers amazed and blessed by what they received from their visit and appreciation for the staff of Predisan. This is a truly great organization. If it wasn't I wouldn't keep coming.
Though my volunteer work is only in the US office thus far, I have had the privilege of visiting Honduras and seeing the work Predisan does there first hand. They are a very dedicated group of people working hard to improve not only the physical health of the people of Honduras but also attempting to show them ways to incorporate spiritual well being into their lives. It's a very holistic approach that really seems to work.
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I have been involved with the Predisan board of directors for over 5 years. This group of people is so awesome to work with because they are dedicated; have incredible integrity; and are fun! This year Predisan has expanded its' work to include 17 more primary health care clinics that we had at this time a year ago - and the work of the board and staff to provide quality health care in an area of the world that is so underserved and vulnerable is truly thrilling. Kudos to Predisan!
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In a recent training experience with Predisan, I found that Predisan was well prepared forour visit providing excellent lodging arrangements, punctual transportation, professional translations, and friendly reception of the services we were there to provide. Since I have been a volunteer with Predisan over the last 15 years, I have seen a continuous improvement in the organization's ability to create a safe and secure environment and encourage teaching and learning. The spiritual blessings received from these opportunities and lasting relationships developed are wonderful.