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Paramedics For Children Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Health, Health Support, International, International Relief

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.

Community Stories

80 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Anil J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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..

2 Charles62

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 jaxonhunter

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1 Gabriela M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Sarah264

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

2 Kenan G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

1 Jennifer285

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Lisa306

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Neale B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Goombaygtr

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Samantha36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Tom_52

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rodger has worked hard for many years to make a difference in families life's.