Paramedics For Children Inc

Rating: 4.97 stars   30 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid, Health, International

Location: 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, NCand 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 cites in Honduras, and Guatemala with chapters of our all volunteer rescue squads.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I came to know Paramedics for Children, Rodger Harrison and his team, while was I working for another non-profit organization in the same town of Copan Ruinas in Honduras, where Paramedics for Children runs a clinic, equipped, staffed and operated an ambulance service and rural medical and nutrition services. I saw firsthand the difficulties and logistics of procuring the old ambulances and importing them to Honduras, the daily battles treating the mainly rural population for a range of tropical diseases, accidents, childbirth, problems caused by malnutrition, tangentally dealing with social problems and their impact on children. I remember the periodic trips undertaken by horseback by Rodger and his staff into the mountains to bring vitamins to the Maya Chorti children. Watched as the clinic rose from the ground by the river. It's a difficult environment, at times a frustrating one, but Rodger has persevered and created/provided an absolutely essential service in Copan. It's hard to praise this organization highly enough.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a donor and volunteer with PFC for years now, as have 3 of my children and my wife. After many trips to Copan with Rodger, I can honestly say I have never seen much accomplished by one small group with so little in the way of material and financial resources. Between the clinic, the school programs and the myriad little tasks they take upon themselves, they have become part of the communities that they serve.

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

Expand the reach of services and pursue additional funding for disaster relief.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a person who has worked in the non-profit & medical field for many, many years, I can tell you first hand that Paramedics For Children is one of the most effective organizations I have ever run across. I have worked as a fundraiser, volunteer, paramedic and board member for many organizations, but several years ago made a decision to support PFC completely. The way that donations are utilized, the lack of salaries paid out, the dedication of the staff are exemplory and beyond reproach. I have no idea how they do what they do. After only being in business for 13 years, this charity has made great strides in education, healthcare, children's issues as well as stimulating the local economy. Paramedics For Children subscribes to the notion of "teaching a man to fish". Bravo, as this approach has made all of their programs, with the exception of school supplis, self-sustaining.

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

Over the years of volunteering with PFC, I have seen on return trips, the growth of the children. I have seen the drop-out rates at the numerous mountain schools decline as a direct result of the efforts of PFC.

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

Not interfere one darn bit with the day to day operations. If I could change one thing, it would be to heighten the awareness so that PFC could be better funded.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

The one on one approach they take to individual situations and persons.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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