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Predisan-USA Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Clinics, Health, International, International Development

Mission: OUR MISSION AND VISION PREDISAN exists as a Christian healthcare organization so that individuals in our service area (currently eastern Honduras) can experience wholeness – spiritual, physical, social, economic and environmental health – according to God’s redemptive plan. We focus on three areas of ministry that provide a holistic approach to healing lives: Healthcare, Community Development and Spiritual Formation.

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: 188,167

Geographic areas served: Olancho, Honduras

Programs:

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.

Community Stories

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been going to Honduras with Predisan now for 15 years. The first time I went it changed my life. I always intended to go, but for different reasons never quite found the time. Predisan is an extremely well organized organization. They know where the needs are, and most importantly, stay focused on their mission, that of healing and sharing the word of Christ.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have now been involved with Predisan for 10 years. This is the most dedicated staff and focused missional organization I've ever been involved with. The staff from top to bottom is clearly dedicated to serving the people of Honduras, and providing high quality medical care in a country that is sorely lacking in equality of care, regardless of the patients ability to pay. Additionally, they focus on the patient as a total person, which is critical.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The mission of PREDISAN is transformation. The pursuit of healing through integrating health initiative to address body and spirit are done with quality and integrity. The staff of PREDISAN are Hondurans called and prepared to serve their own through a community based development model. It is awesome to witness. It will transform you to serve those around your home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the year 2000, I was invited by Mission PREDISAN to join their staff. Having lived in Honduras for two years and witnessing under-committed boards, I was hesitant to return to to situations that promised little support and oversight. Yet, as I began to meet the board members and listen to the vision of expalined by Honduran leadership, my fears were replaced by a strong attraction to join a growing and vibrant group of people serving God. I have recently returned to reside in the United States after 12 years serving with great privilege in the organization. Mission PREDISAN has carefully worked along side government and faith groups during the last 26 years to establish credibility and values that are only beginning to impact the communities they serve. As I continue to support and share their work, I anticipate that the next 25 years are full of awesome, life and community changing processes led by a staff who have witnessed a generation of commitment and love from workers at Mission PREDISAN.

Jim_161

Client Served

Rating: 5

Predisan Cerepa took me in when I was lost---they healed and renewed, reconciled and restored me to faith and family. I now live in peace, walking one day at a time, without fear of yesterday, confident in today, and with hope for the morrow. God's continued blessings on the healers and staff who receive the broken, the poor and the sick. Give them patience and strength as they mend the hearts and minds, the bodies and spirits of your children.

Predisán Cerepa me acogió cuando me perdí: ellos sanaron y renovaron, reconciliaron y me restauraron a la fe ya la familia. Ahora vivo en paz, caminando un día a la vez, sin miedo de ayer, confiado en hoy, y con esperanza para el mañana. Las bendiciones continuas de Dios sobre los sanadores y el personal que reciben a los quebrantados, los pobres y los enfermos. Dales paciencia y fortaleza mientras reparan los corazones y las mentes, los cuerpos y los espíritus de tus hijos.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was alone in a foreign land, hopelessly addicted to alcohol, with no where else to turn, I called out to God and Dr. Amanda Madrid. I had lost my wife, my family, my sanity and my faith. Holy Providence and Dr. Amanda heard me and accepted me for treatment at Predisan (CEREPA), which healed me, saved my life and renewed my soul. This incredible medically and spiritually based rehab and recovery ministry showed me the soberminded spiritual path back to my wife, my family and friends, and my Lord--through Faithbased Recovery.

Sadly, two excellent renowned recovery programs had not broken through to me. I have subsequently been diagnosed with lymphoma, which is currently and thankfully quiescent. The grace, healing and hope, gifted to me by Predisan (CEREPA), provide me with peace and the promise of a life fulfilled.

Three weeks ago, my wife and I were privileged to humbly, honestly share the story of my addiction recovery in Atlanta at the celebration of Predisan USA Inc's 30th Anniversary. I was profoundly blessed to express my deep love, respect and gratitude to Dr Amanda Madrid, founder Doris Clark, the selfless health care providers and staff, and faithful longtime supporters of this lifesaving non-profit charitable ministry. I praise God and Predisan, USA Inc for the grace and privilege to remain sober, joyful and healthy, one day at a time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spent a summer working at their main clinic and brought multiple engineering teams down to provide needed logistical expertise. They do a great work for the people of Olancho.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization reached my community in the remote mountains of Olancho back in 1986, just as their work was starting out. I was fortunate to see the growth Predisan has seen in the past 25 years and many of the people whose lives have been improved by the holistic approach to care that it offers. I am blessed by the many relationships developed through Predisan and am glad to be part of an organization that works so diligently to best serve those in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

After hearing great things about Predisan for almost 20 years from friends who have visited Honduras, I was able to see first hand recently how this wonderful organization operates and impacts the lives of so many in Honduras. Their consistent approach "to preach and to heal" is improving the spiritual. mental and physical health of thousands, young and old.

From operating health clinics in mountainous and rural communities, to providing pre-natal care for expectant mothers, to praying with patients and their families, to providing both effective tools and encouragement to those recovering from addictions, Predisan is serving the people of Honduras by being the hands, feet and mouth of Jesus.

Jenny W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an incredible missions outreach to Hondurans! Predisan is outstanding in its health care delivery model and spiritual outreach program. Christ is at the very heart of everything they do! Quality and excellence are drivers for their amazing work. Thank you for allowing me to experience the loving hands and feet of Christ! You're the best! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I really enjoyed my last trip with Predisan. It could have been improved by better planning. It was more a disorganization problem than "plans changed".

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Predisan executes their mission flawlessly. They have expanded their reach in the mountain villages, providing health, spiritual and community development services.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Predisan is extremely active in the community, addressing many needs on both a large and small scale. With the help of international and local staff and volunteers, they are able to provide the spectrum of quality health, mental health, wellness and basic needs services.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to Predisan in 2013, when the church I attended was planning a mission trip to Honduras. It was in that trip, where I witness first hand the important work that Predisan was doing with the people of Honduras. Predisan was not only meeting their healthcare needs but their spiritual ones too. They taught them the importance of having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Predisan was also educating the community. They provided financial assistance for education and show them how to live in sanitary conditions. I feel bless to be serving alongside of them. I'm going on by fifth year of working with this organization and truly enjoy it. My husband and my daughter have also gone.

Larry Liesl L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

March 2016 was my first year to visit Honduras. My husband and I joined a mission group from our church, Sachse's First Baptist Church. Everyone that we came in contact with was very professional. And I can't say enough praise for our Predisan coordinator/translator/guide, Jhonny Zavala. He was friendly, helpful and extremely professional. We saw many places during our travels in Honduras, such as Tagulcigapa, Catacamas, Culmi and Subirana. The country is breathtaking and the people were very friendly and appreciative. We plan to continue a long term relationship with Predisan!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Predisan does great with loving their community and sharing Jesus with Hondurans while healing them physically.

Donor

Rating: 5

Predisan is meeting people where they, blessing them with spiritual and physical healing. A Christ-centered and Biblical act indeed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several years ago, a group from the Northlake church in Atlanta went to Honduras on a work trip. Part of our week was spent was spent in the mountains with Cedeco as our home base. One objective was to help build latrines for several families in the area. While two friends and I cut rebar for pouring the concrete, the matriarch of the family came into the muddy yard, picked up a scrawny chicken by its legs, and, using a machete, cut off its head. She then scalded and plucked it. Taking it inside, she put in on her stove--a clay or mud structure heated from below with wood, to boil. As we worked in her yard, that chicken became the base of a delicious chicken soup that we were served for lunch. Talk about farm to table!

Not only, however, were we served lunch; we were shown gracious hospitality in this family's home. Their house was a mud brick structure with an open living/kitchen area and sleeping areas in another room, and I was never sure how many family members actually lived there. The floors were dirt but cleanly swept. The Windows had no screens, and the doors were open to the yard making easy access for little animals as well as people. A table in the middle of the room was set with our bowls, Cokes for the gringoes, and a glass with some flowers in the center. Also on the table was a flowered tablecloth, brand new, still with package creases--surely just for us! In this humble home and in the middle of so much poverty, a touch of beauty and pride in being able to serve their guests a meal. I wish I had a picture of that tablecloth with its brightly colored flowers; it will always be a reminder to me of what it means to share your home with others.

Lee_48

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the best works meeting huge spiritual and physical needs in Honduras. On multiple occasions I've seen how Predisan brings hope to a hopeless situation. Glad to be a champion of this work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization doing amazing work for some of the poorest people in the western hemisphere. Can't say enough about the professionalism of Predisan and their commitment to serving in Honduras. If you're considering a trip to serve in an area of great need, look no more! You'll be glad you joined the cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Why in the world would anyone support such a hopeless endeavor ? LOL Milt Shalla
(45 roundtrips from Miami over 20 years)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern for Predisan this summer, and they blew me away with the incredible work they are doing. Not only do they do what they say they are doing, but then the behind the scene office staff is constantly working long and hard hours. They just amazed me by how genuine, compassionate, and hard-working people they have serving the Catacamas community with such love and passion. Definitely an inspiring organization, and I hope to return soon!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Predisan has done wonderful work in Olancho Province, Honduras. I have made several trips down for short term eye care missions. I have been impressed by all the help which these people have given to the Honduran people. They literally save lives every day.

1 Jack53

Donor

Rating: 5

The work they preform in Honduras is amazing. They provide holistic health Care to the area of Olancho, and Good Samaritan Medical Center,
CEREPA Addiction Center,
Healthy Communities in Culmi,
Healthy Communities,
Healthy Schools,
Scholarships, and
Healthy Homes.