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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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Teresa78

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 !

Rebecca92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Daniela O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

MichelleP.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Sandra51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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%.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!