I learned about Paramedics for Children through my coworker - and we have since stayed there at least twice while working in and around Copan. We've had the pleasure to meet and talk with Rodger and Suyapa and learn a bit about the mission of the organization and the effort that Rodger puts forth to ensure the organization is serving its beneficiaries. Every day we headed out to work in the morning we would pass the clinic with a line out the door, and many people waiting in the sunny yard outside. Rodger told us about driving up into the hills to visit the towns and deliver goods to the children and families that live up away from the town and clinic. The organization works hard to ensure that all the resources people are donating are being used to directly serve the clinic and the efforts of the organizations, and I both admire and trust Paramedics for Children and all the work they do!
Paramedics for Children is a fantastic organization which is addressing a vital need for the children of Honduras. Through the clinic's work,as well as the school projects, they are insuring that the children have a healthy and productive future both for themselves and the general population of this extremely poor area. What this organization accomplishes with limited funds, is amazing beyond description. I will continue to be a regular donor, as well as a contributor to their special needs projects, and will continue to do so with great pride, and without hesitation. Paramedics for Children gets the job done !!!
Paramedics For Children talks the talk but most importantly "Walks the Walk" of their core value/mission >>> Paramedics for Children (PFC) is an international humanitarian organization serving the impoverished, sick and oppressed by providing programs that help save lives, educate, bring hope and maintain the dignity of children, families and communities in Central America and wherever else we may be called. PFC serves without regard to religious beliefs, gender, race or ethnic background.
I have worked along side RODGER HARRISON and volunteers for Paramedics for Children in Honduras .It was an honor to be apart of this hardworking NGO. Always working to support children's welfare and bringing hope and joy to so many in need.
I have followed this work for many years. What a great organization and what a needed service they provide. God bless them all.
I grow up in Honduras and seen the poverty and suffering from our children. This organization is providing an incredible service for this children and deserves all our support. Please consider this organization for your support
My wife and I cheerfully donate to Paramedics For Children. We love knowing the work they do in the name of Christ is done "for the least of these." Jesus loves the little children and so does PFC!
Rodger Harrison is a long-time friend. We have the utmost confidence in his leadership of this hands-on ministry he founded two decades ago.
I have known Roger for many years and it is an honor. He has ccommitted his whole like to helping other in need. The sacrifices have been many but he is still strong in his mission.
I only wish and dream of what Paramedics for Children have accomplish.
Hand work, love and determination is Roger Harrison.
Paramedics for Children is an organization where any donations are instantly turned into action and aid for very needy people. Dedicated volunteers and some generous professionals have built a place of refuge and care where that care is needed most. Having visited and seen for myself how this groups operates, I'm proud to be a part of their support system.
I volunteered with Paramedics for Children on 2 separate occasions. It is the most incredible experience one can have.
People go crazy to build schools in poor countries, but what they miss is that it takes sustainability! That is part of what PFC does... it sustains the education in the local region! Anyone can build a school, but if the children don't have school supplies and the teachers have no pay or equipment ... those fancy new buildings sit empty.
PFC not only provides medical care but the greatest gift for anyone... education! From the medical clinic to the milk programs to the school supply runs into the mountain villages; this is one of THE best organizations to volunteer for or donate to! Your money isn't eaten up in corporate salaries like so many children's charities.
I am proud to have met and worked with such great people.
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 !
I have known Rodger Harrison and his work with Paramedics For Children Inc. since he first began the organization. He and his group have done great work for the children and the community. I have plans to travel to Honduras next year as a volunteer and help.
Paramedics for Children has done outstanding work for the children of Honduras, keep up the great work Rodger
I worked twice in Honduras with PFC. Started with a vision, commitment and lots of heart something big is happening in a small place in the world. People in the mountains in poverty are discovering that someone cares. Children are given second chances. Schools receive supplies. Refurbished ambulances find their way into communities. And so much more happens because one man saw a need and responded. I respect, support and admire the work and the people who run the program with integrity and compassion.
Because I am a paramedic, I went searching for an organization to share my gifts. What I found was Paramedics for Children, an incredible organization. It is well organized, with so little overhead and yet with an incredible reach. It touches children and even adults in a small corner of the world, Copan, Honduras where there is so much poverty. Rodger, the creator and director of this organization started with one small vision and just let it grow and evolve, involving aid to school children and medical help. His heart is so big and he walks the walk, parenting, loving and adopting a young girl who struggles with seizures to keep her from being forgotten and lost due to her problems. Now she knows about love, safety and clean sheets. He has inspired so many people with his capacity for helping others, especially children that many of us return to help him in his work.
As a parent I cannot imagine the desperation Rodger goes through daily to help provide services for the people in his area. I met Rodger through a friend, Rodney Ward, who I used to work with. The successes Rodger and his selfless group is second to none. Paramedics for Children is a true life changing charity.
I first became aware of this amazing project while I was a paramedic, in Vancouver, BC. Rodney Ward, who I worked with was always talking about driving from Vancouver to San pedro sula, Honduras!!! In his Volkswagen golf I must add. As a father of 3 children I started to awaken to how lucky we truly are in Canada, it was my turn to start giving back.
I asked "what can I do?" and as being quite handy, Rod had said the children had "worn the chain out on the swing sets". I didn't think this was possible, but Rodger sent pics of the chain worn through...
I constructed 12 swing sets for Rod to take down on his next trip.
The satisfaction I got knowing these very disadvantaged children could at least play again warmed my heart. I had the pleasure of meeting Rodger and Pam on one of our Houseboat trips, here in Canada and I was convinced this is such a worthwhile charity, making a daily difference in so many lives.
Once I finish my RN degree I will be making a trip down there to see what kind of a difference I can make.
I implore everyone to take $5 out of your wallet and donate to this cause. We can stop poverty $5 at a time.
Paramedics For Children is a Godsend for hurting children of Honduras. The staff and volunteers are true angels.
Paramedics for children serve a very vulnerable community that would not be able to receive medical care without their clinic. They go above and beyond to bring hope to those they serve.
Paramedics For Children is a light that shines in someone's darkness, a refuge for the scared and hurting children of Honduras. My pastor says that doing for others knowing they can't do for you in return is love in it's truest form. The staff and volunteers there all possess this true form of love.
I'm proud of the growth of the clinic, the caring hearts of all who work there, and the progress that has been made over the years.
I've volunteered for Paramedics for Children and the work they do is so amazing and inspiring. I love working with this organization because they are so pure and honest on what they do. Best organization I've volunteered for, so far.
Fantastic charity doing great work for those going without medical care in Central America.
we have watched them reach out and make a difference in children's lives
This is a wonderful organization that helps children with medical care and other needs. They share stories of what they do and are very caring.
This group is amazing in their work, care and concern for the children of Honduras, they provide so much more than medical care,
Consistently focused on the practical, vital, life saving needs of the poor in their piece of Honduras. Whether training locals to staff provided and equipped ambulances, where previously there were none, or establishing and staffing a wonderful medical clinic, Roger Harrison and his phenomenal crew have delivered. Always done on a tight and humble budget, lives are being enhanced and quite literally saved. JAF, MD
I am a Canadian Paramedic who has both followed and make donations to this organization for the past 7 years. The work they do is definitely "grassroots" but also has so much far reaching positive implications and influence that I put it on my bucket list of things I wanted to do (be a part of) before I die. March 2017 this is going to happen! Rodger and his team in Honduras and back in the USA have shown me that small things can have huge impacts. Rodger has touched base with me personally multiple times to say thank you for thinking of us with your donation. I know what I send is actually getting to the cause it was sent for. To me, that is what is important when I donate. Volunteering March I will get to see what my donations have done first hand. I cannot thank Paramedics for Children enough for allowing me to be part of the bigger picture!
White Lake, BC CANADA
I have vvolunteer for PFC as a Paramedic and can tell you for certain that you won find a better organization to donate to or volunteer for. PFC does not just give handouts they give a hand up to the poorest of the poor by helping them get an education, clean drinking water and nutrition through there vitamin program. PFC is very in touch with the needs of the people and so the help is delivered where it is most needed.
What an awesome organization that has devoted their lives to helping the people of Central America! I have followed this organization for almost 20 years. They are miracle workers! As a former Paramedic and now a nurse, I commend them for their unselfish desire and willingness to make a difference in the lives of these children and families.
Paramedics For Children (PFC) is an excellent nonprofit that supports the needs of patients in Honduras and neighboring countries. THANKS A 1,000,000.
I'm a supporter of Paramedics for Children, Inc., and appreciate the regular updates sent by the founder. I routinely share PFC's information and mission, and encourage volunteers to travel to the Hacienda and volunteer with the organization. Someday, I hope to join them.
I've volunteered with Paramedics for Children twice in Honduras, and donate every month. This is an excellent organization and I'm proud to be a supporter.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been involved with Paramedics for Children for a number of years.
The organization is well run and provides critical services to the most deserving of our population, the children.
Many children and families as well, have benefited from the work of the PFC volunteers and from the many donations made by individuals such as myself.
I could not find a more deserving charity to receive my donation dollars which is why I am a Super Supporter of their efforts.
I volunteered with PFC and it was the best experience! The work they do is so selfless and beneficially to those around them. There is no other charity that I could recommend more than this one!
Paramedics for Children is making a real difference in the lives of children and families in Central America. As the Executive Director of a children's home in Honduras that receives funds and services from PFC, I can tell you that we are incredibly grateful. The staff of PFC listens to our needs and is always looking for new ways to get us the help we need. They currently support our milk program, give free checkups to our kids at their clinic, and provide our staff with first-aid and other important trainings. Paramedics for Children is responsive to the needs of the community and effective in its services.
I am a Canadian citizen with a winter home in Copan Ruinas, Honduras. I have been coming to Copan Ruinas for last 6 years. My biggest exposure to PFC work here has been with a Charity Medical Clinic they have been running. They provide excellent medical service to the poor in Copan at a low price of about US$3 plus medicines at cost. Competitive medical consulting fees average about US$15 and medicines are beyond the reach of average person here. I have used the clinic myself and can attest to its high quality and low costs. As a donor, I am proud to have supported the clinic with equipment and other needs.
To know someone that has given their life for a cause and not just lip service makes me proud to donate and support Paramedics for children. I know where my money goes and it is not to line the pockets of some wealthy company or person. I know how crucial our donations are and I know every dollar is spent to the betterment of the children and families that they serve.. from medical attention to school supplies they have given and continue to give and provide.. I donate every year through my employer and take time to share with my friends and coworkers so they have the chance to donate to something that really gives more than they receive..
I have given to Paramedics for Children and I've seen the great work that they do. I know that when I give to them it goes straight to the children.
I had the privilege of volunteering with Paramedics for Children. I think was struck me the most is that by giving people the opportunity for education and some basic health care, individuals can create a better world fir themselves. It was truly an honour to be involved with this organization and I would highly recommend them for any opportunity that will help them to create more opportunity for some if the poorest people in Central America.
I have been on 2 missions for PFC and they do an amazing job with the resources entrusted with them I will return in the future to PFC
I had the wonderful opportunity to go Honduras in late August . I can tell you that paramedics for children is a great charity and is one of the best run charity that I know. Rodger has a unique way to stretch every dollar and maximize the donations for Gods glory. I look forward to seeing the entire team in march
I'll tell you upfront: I am the President of Paramedics for Children, so I might be somewhat biased when I talk about us.
I wasn't always the President, though. I started as a volunteer on an educational support mission years ago, and became one of the "true believers" over a long period as a donor and volunteer, watching a truly remarkable bunch of people do an amazing job with few resources.
We take great pride in our origins as a disaster relief organization, but while continuing in that mission, we have grown and expanded our operations to include providing clinical medical care and educational support to the poor and indigenous peoples of Honduras and Guatemala.
This year has seen us not only provide disaster relief in Guatemala in response to the El Cambray II landslide, but also providing 600 patients a month with quality medical care at our clinic in Honduras, supplying hundreds of students with the basic educational supplies they need to attend school and providing training and equipment to firefighters across both Honduras and Guatemala.
I urge you to get involved, volunteer and donate and join us in a really incredible journey.
PFC is an incredible organization run by dedicated people who are working selflessly to improve the lives of the poor in Honduras and Guatemala. Volunteering with them has been an incredible experience for me and my 13 year old son. Taking my son to Honduras to participate in their school program was a life changing experience. To see first hand how poverty effects children has taught him so much. I'm very grateful for this experience and will be going again with my son.
I've volunteered with PFC twice now, and absolutely loved both experiences! While I don't have any kind of medical or disaster response background, I was able to help the team deliver school supplies and clothing to schools and a women's village in Honduras and Guatemala. The Paramedics for Children team truly loves what they do and they care deeply about the people they work with - and they're just super cool people to hang out with. I felt completely safe on both trips, and Rodger and Neale have been incredibly helpful answering all my questions and giving travel advice - like when to arrive to the airport, what to wear in the villages, etc. - and touring fellow volunteers and travelers around, translating, and really making all of us feel welcome and useful. I'm very glad to be part of such a great organization and can't wait to visit Copan again!
I was lucky enough to spend a week in Honduras with Paramedics For Children, and it was an amazing experience. PFC is a great organization and Roger does an awesome job at keeping that way. The work they do is truly amazing and I am so happy that they continue to work hard. Ever since I left, I have been getting consistent emails from Roger and I am always impressed with the work they are doing. I hope I can go back and visit again.
These folks are fantastic. I had the opportunity to visit Copan and see some of the people who benefit directly from their great work. They have very little overhead, giving me the confidence that what I'm able to send them will directly benefit those most in need.
PFC is an innovative, creative team that integrates volunteers' expertise to maximize the efficacy of the organization.
I am a proud supporter.
I am so impressed with the work this organization does to truly make a difference that I donate on a monthly basis. My daughter has done volunteer work for PFC and the work helped her blossom and gave her many gifts and blessings as well as she giving her gifts and blessings to the children in Honduras. The most brilliant program was the Multivitamin Program. In a country where malnutrition is a part of everyday life PFC found that giveng each child a MultiVitamin everyday by their teacher during the school year enhanced their overall school performance as well as their general health and well being. How simple yet profound! I am also impressed that they give lollipops but only in exchange for something such as a tiny rock a child has found. This way the children do learn not to beg for handouts. they learn that they can give something that is perceived as value by another and in return they too will receive. What a great lesson for all! Their are Real Life Heros and Rodger Harrisoon is my Real LIfe Hero!
I have been amazed at the work Rodger Harrison has accomplished for the Children in Honduras and Guatemala and in Indonesia. He started when he had been studying Spanish in Copan Riunas, Honduras. When Hurricane Mitch hit he learned that many of the friends he had made there were greatly devastated by mud slides and flooding. He went back to see the horrible devastation first hand and realized that there would be no medical help from the government. Not even nurses were there to help and certainly no doctors. It was then that he started Paramedics for Children. Being a paramedic in the states he started his one man charity helping the children in Copan Ruinas. He started small by bringing school supplies to the schools in the area. He had to ride horseback and travel in rivers and up mountains to reach them. Then he started bringing them vitamins. Then he started training paramedics in many towns across Honduras and Guatemala and then shipped in donated ambulances. Finally there was medical care and transportation to the hospital that was hours away. He then built a medical clinic with a doctor on staff. Families walk for miles over mountainous terrain to reach him. He has many volunteers from time to time but mostly he has done it all on his own. I had the honor to be his Point of Contact in the states when the international team he formed went to Indonesia after the great tsunami. There he helped hundreds of children in the remotest and hardest hit region Bonda Ache. He and his team had to endure many hardships with death all around them but they didn't complain. They were honored to help the children. Rodger has been faithful in his pursuit to help the families in Honduras. He thinks only of helping the people and the children. It only proves that one person can make a difference.
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.
My husband, daughter, and I volunteered with PFC last year. This was our first time both volunteering for a nonprofit and visiting a third world country. We had the heart to volunteer, but not much education or experience. PFC exceeded all hopes and gifted us with a more compassionate and healthier world-view.
Their extraordinary hospitality combined with the genuine humanitarian effort they do make them the true example of a nonprofit. If they expected profit for themselves the organization would never have been founded in the first place. Their constant focus is on the well-being of the people they serve. They give and give and teach that level of glad servitude. I have never known an organization to be so purely-motivated. Doesn't everything these days have an agenda? Not for PFC. They seek to love, to care, to serve. They seek to embody kindness and educate and help the people they encounter learn to sustain themselves. They are not a hand-out, but they offer a hand-up in this frightening world of poverty and disease. And yet, during our time with PFC and the people who guided us around, we saw hope and life in the middle of the worst circumstances. That should be the litmus test that ought to be used to pick the best nonprofit. Hope and life in what would have been despair and death.
I know that there are many great charities in need of your support. All of them do good work however most are run like Mega Corporation by a board directors who seldom get in the trenches and do the real work. I know everyone at Paramedics for children and they are always there in the trenches fighting. Weather to save a child’s life or providing books and school supplies to give them hope in the future. The hard working people that make up P.F.C. are always on call when help is needed. Every dollar goes to helping these children. They risk their lives every day going into areas that you and I would never venture. This type of unending dedication and commitment deserves our support.
I know that every dollar I give goes to the children and that makes all the difference.
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.
I stumbled upon Paramedics for Children in September, 2008. Little did I realize my work with them would lead to a 5 year relationship. In the spring of 2008, I was in Honduras for a WHO training. Just by chance I took a 2 day trip to Copan Ruinas....One night, and I was in love. I ama Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice, and I knew I had a lot of skills and knowledge that would help the people, as well as myself. I went home and started planning my return, and not wanting to be part of a giant brigade, I came across Paramedics for Children. I worked in the clinic in the morning and studied Spanish in the afternoon. Some of the time I spent in the Aldeas delivering school supplies to hundreds of small children. I loved my experience so much I would go at least twice a year.
During that time, I met Silvana Ayuso, Vice President of Paramedics for Children, Guatemala. I began to expand into Guatemala where I began a one woman brigade to provide PAP smears to the under-served indigenous women in the high, rural mountains. With the generous donations of all the necessary equipment, along with Silvana, a nurse and a few women from the area, I was able to provide this service to more than 100 women. Some of these women had had 15 children, but had never had a PAP Smear. I have to say this experience was one of the best of my lifetime.
Additionally, I had the pleasure of working alongside the REDS Team from North Carolina doing a week specialty rescue training with the Guatemalan Military and volunteer Bomberos from around the country.
This year I have been able to fulfill a 40 year dream of serving in the Peace Corps, and I am currently a Peace Corps Volunteer for the next 27 months in Belize. Before I left, I was able to enhance the services Paramedics for Children will be providing in both countries. The Doctor I had worked for over the last 7 years was retiring and I was able to get her to donate the entire office to Paramedics for Children. Her extremely generous donation will allow Paramedics for Children to place small clinics, like the one in Copan, all over impoverished areas of Guatemala and enhance the services in Copan.
Without a doubt, once I complete my Peace Corps service, I will return to my, "volunteer roots" and Paramedics for Children. Because Paramedics for Children is a small organization, you have a huge chance to make a memorable impact, not only to those you serve, but for yourself. It is a life changing experience.
I had an amazing time with Roger and PFC last year during my summer break from college. My school typically goes to Honduras every year, when I decided to go I had no idea what to expect. Little did I know my whole life would change from the week I spent working with the organization.
Everyday we experienced a new aspect of the culture and we got to really see Copan and help others. I would recommend this organization to anyone looking to volunteer in Central America
I have followed paramedics for children since their inception. I have seen the trouble and tribulations of mr. Harrison through his journey, I have seen him go with out so a child or their family would have what they needed. To watch someone with so much passion and dedication Pursue such a dream and fight tooth and nail to give these children and families the hope that with out him they would never have. Please help us help him to continue this dream.
It was by pure chance that I stumbled upon this charity. Looking up places to stay in Copan, back in 2010, I read the excellent reviews of the bed & bath establishment run by Rodger Harrison & his team. Their website mentioned that the proceeds from our stay would be used solely to fund the clinic & school projects run by Paramedics for Children. Needless to say, I was impressed & booked up to stay for 2 nights & we were there a few weeks later.
As luck would have it, we arrived in Copan from Antigua, Guatemala, late evening by shuttle bus & were dropped off at the center of town. We hailed a cab & the guy immediately knew the "clinic" and our hosts, even though he knew no more English & we knew no Spanish.. "Clinic La Esperanza" we asked..he immediately smiled & nodded & we were delivered safely there. It was obvious that the clinic & Rodger have earned the respect of the locals-that respect leading us to be delivered safely, in the middle of the night, in a strange land ;)
We were very impressed by what we saw during our stay. The clinic is primarily funded from the money from tourist bookings. School projects are run year round to take school supplies to the local kids. And the President, Rodger has a big heart..having just adopted a little Honduran girl with a disability, just a few months before our arrival. It was apparent that his heart & mind are dedicated to the people of Honduras. We had a great 2 day stay. .watching him interact with the locals, the clinic in action & sitting with him to discuss his dreams & plans for the future & for Paramedics for children.
We came away with a great respect for the organization. So much so, that we have become monthly contributors for the last couple of years. If you want to contribute to a charity, where the proceeds go 100% back to the people it was meant for, this is one charity for you;)
I've been a supporter of Paramedics for Children for many years because of the work they do and because of the way they talk about that work and the people they work with. I made a small regular donation and as I followed the organization I became even more impressed. in 2011 I had the opportunity to bring a group of 12 college students to Copan to work directly with the organization. We had been volunteering with children's homes in several locations in Honduras for over a decade and finally decided to seek out a new community partner for our group. I suggested Paramedics for Children, and we were approved for travel thanks to the details and information provided by the Director Rodger Harrison. It was an amazing trip and we were so impressed we returned the next year.
They have a bed & breakfast in a walled compound--with a beautiful garden--so visitors and volunteers alike are safe and well cared for. Best of all, profits from the B&B support the organization. On both of our trips we found the team members to be organized, knowledgeable, and dedicated to helping volunteers help the local community, recognizing that the volunteers are changed even more than the people we work with and gently helping the students work through their experiences. They used our talents and desire to work hard, and between physical work and school visit we felt our time was very well spent. I would recommend this volunteer location and organization 100%.
I volunteered with Paramedics for Children for 2 years in a row.. each time was an incredible experience and left me wanting to do more for the children of this world! Roger Harrison is an incredible man! I met him through Rod Ward a fellow paramedic with British Columbia ambulance service. I was interested in doing the volunteer work from the day i met rod and spoke to him about what he and Roger were doing.. sadly it took me until 2011 to get there... Well I haven't stopped! These people ar in it for the long haul.. there is no flash in the pan lets build a school and smile and go home! these people are KEEPING the schools going with their continuos supply of donated school supplies... medical check ups and providing a medical clinic for the people in the Copan Ruinas region! If you want to find your heart and refresh your soul... go work witht them and watch the love for the community and care for its children... all while keeping the future of the wonderful country of Honduras.. educated healthy and in it's own country!
Through mutual friends and our love of music, I first met Rodger Harrison in 1975. Even then, as a younger man, he had a big heart and seemed to enjoy helping people. Too soon our path's went different ways, so I was extremely happy to learn of Rodger's faith and his involvement in this wonderful missionary work, something he'd been doing since the late '90's. What Rodger and his associates have apparently been faithful in pursuing is of the utmost importance. It's the highest example on earth of portraying the example of our Savior and the 'Cause of Christ.'
Jim Stover, Asheville, NC