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
TI discovered Paramedics for Children when I was browsing through websites of NGO's in Honduras. they looked good, so I thought I'd take a chance. This is a great organization. I visited their headquarters in Copan Ruinas twice, and I found that my donations were being used in wonderful ways. Almost the entire amount of any donation goes directly to the people to be helped, and the dedication of the people involved with PFC assures that the money is being used in the wisest and most effective ways. Any amount of help you can give to this organization will be well spent.
I worked with Rodger in May of 2012. In college I was a member of a group that travels to Honduras annually to do volunteer and service work ('the Honduras Project'). There was a bit of turbulence scheduling a trip because some of our previous sites were deemed unsafe for various reasons. When the group found out that the sites we intended to work at were no longer an option it was something of a scramble finding Paramedics for Children. I was somewhat wary of the place going into the trip, simply because we hadn't worked with this organization.
I must say this trip exceeded my expectations and stands out as my favorite volunteering experience when compared to the other trips I've made with my college group. Just being there I could see that the clinic itself was well organized. Rodger was very hospitable and truly made our group of 12 feel welcomed. The staff was also very welcoming and friendly.
The actual work we did was exactly what the Honduras Project was hoping for. The group aims to be immersed in the life of the community as best we can. We don't aim to simply pass through or to be tourists. While Rodger was somewhat wary about giving us too much work, he graciously yielded to our requests. As a result our group really had the chance to provide some aid to a family in need.
Additionally the Honduras Project likes to work with children, and Rodger gave us plenty of opportunities to interact with kids. He accompanied us to almost a dozen different schools where we played with kids and handed out supplies. We had a chance to truly engage with young people and get some insight into the culture.
Overall I think this is a top-notch nonprofit organization. They have plenty of structured activities that could meet all of their volunteers' needs. Additionally there is flexibility; room to wiggle around; room that Rodger used to cater to each group's unique needs and concerns. It was moving to see all of the good things this clinic and Rodger is doing in the community. I would highly recommend anyone to seek this clinic out if they are looking for a meaningful/ significant experience.
I had the privilege to go to Honduras to volunteer with Paramedics for Children in 2009. It is hard to remember the poverty the children consider to be normal but it is easy to remember the absolute joy the children demonstrated when PFC arrived in the village to give away school supplies. What a wonderful gift PFC provides these children by helping them go to school. They also provide medical care through their clinic, solicit donations of medical supplies and ambulances as well as training opportunities to endure the ambulances can be staffed. All of this is done on a very small budget. I have continued to donate to PFC since I went to Honduras and wish I could do more. Please help Paramedics for Children help the children.
I traveled to Honduras in 2005 for the first time for Spanish school, and was deeply touched by both the poverty, as well as the openness and warmth of the people. Every day when we walked to class, we passed by an orphanage teeming with adorable children, and we wanted to help. We found out that Paramedics for Children did a lot for the children and families there -- when I did some more research, I found out that it's run completely by volunteers, and that all the money and supplies donated go directly on to the people in need. No overhead! Ever since, I've been happy to be a supporter. I'm so impressed by how much they do with even small donations. I'm thrilled to give whenever I can, and comforted to know that my ten or twenty dollars has five times the impact it would in another organization. Rodger, his crew, and the volunteers are doing worlds of good in these very needy villages. Rodger continues to amaze me with his heart and his actions every day.
I met Rodger about 17 years ago when he first visit Honduras, He saw a lot of the needs in Copan Ruins, and talking to a group of friends especially to Hector Cardona (Muco) who became Rodger best friend, they both live to help and view copan with very different eyes,
I remember the long nights conversations talking about the different needs and what could be done.
Before I knew Rodger, came back with the first ambulance and they stared Paramedic For Children, that was the first real ambulance that the people of town ever seem fully equip, not the back of the land cruiser with someone with a few hours training.
Muco and Rodger stared to talk to the locals to become part of the team, Hondurans are very hard working people and with the right lead we can go very far, and thats one of the things that he brought to town. in a few months later there blue uniforms were ready to help their people making runs at all times, this made a huge difference on their health due that after dark most of the doctors could not be contacted.
Then Rodger and Muco were always thinking in others, and they both love horses so they went to the mountains to ride and saw more need up on the top the mountains, in the schools, school supplies, clean water, stoves etc. so that´s how the school and vitamins program got stared. I remember once Rodger was telling me about a teacher that wanted out the vitamin program. I thought is this teacher crazy, but them he mention that the teacher was having trouble with the kids because they had a lot more energy that he was used to.
Up to today PFC steel in helping Honduras and expanded to Guatemala too.
I have seen first hand the way Paramedics for Children helps heal and educate the neediest in Honduras. I believe my dollars and time spent as a volunteer here made a positive difference to many lives. Clinic, school supplies and orphanage are all supported by donations,
Review from Guidestar
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.
A very special, caring ministry in Western Honduras. Low (no?) overhead, everything goes to those in need in impoverished communities. Lives have been saved, literacy rates have been increased, school dropout rates have been reduced. The organization has established EMT services in many communities; they've built a very necessary, and popular, medical clinic; they provide important school supplies to more than 2,000 children in 25+ remote Mayan communities in the mountains of western Honduras. All of this with little funding, and no endowment or reserves.
Review from Guidestar
They are a tiny organization that uses virtually all of their donations to help poor rural children and their families in Honduras and Guatamala. They provide ambulances and medical supplies, fund a clinic and and orphanage, and bring school supplies up into the mountains 4 times a year. If you want to know exactly where ALL your money is going, I highly recommend Paramedics for Children.