Paramedics For Children mission statement.
|PARAMEDICS FOR CHILDREN
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Paramedics For Children (PFC) is a Christ centered, international humanitarian organization serving the poor by providing programs that help save lives, bring hope, and restore dignity to children, families, and communities. PFC's desires to let God's light shine by serving and lifting up those who are poor, oppressed, and less fortunate. Using Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, as a guide and model, PFC strives to spread the good news of the Kingdom of God with the loving hearts of humble servants. PFC serves without regard to religious beliefs, gender, race, or ethnic background.
Through its current programs, PFC desires to see the thousands of people of in the Copan Region of Honduras and Guatemala receive the redemptive healing of Jesus Christ in body, soul and spirit. PFC endeavors to offer the saving grace of Jesus Christ through the ministries of a medical clinic and medical supplies, school supplies and nutritional supplements for children, and other humanitarian support - and to creatively share the Good News to build up the Body of Christ. As directed by and provided for by God, PFC will also pursue opportunities to widen its outreach to other areas and other peoples.
We are Christians endeavoring to follow the teachings and spirit of Jesus. We believe in the living Holy Spirit whose presence helps us to serve others with humble, loving hearts.
We are stewards of God's resources and blessings. We acknowledge that all we have comes from God and that we have a responsibility use those resources for God's purpose and glory. As such, we strive to pass the blessings that God provides us on to others, so that those blessings may multiply and so that others may come to know God through those blessings.
We value people and the sanctity of life. We believe that all lives are a gift from God and that God values all lives infinitely and regardless of location, age, appearance, ability, race, gender, or religious beliefs.
We are committed to serving and lifting up the needy. We desire to provide hope to, to improve, and to empower the lives of the poor and less fortunate so that they may be transformed by God's love.
We endeavor to meet the needy where they are at and to serve their real needs. We are not blessed by God so that others will come to us or that we can serve in ways that come easy to us. We are blessed so that we can go out to find the lost and to serve the needy.
We are partners in Christ. We are all - the blessed, the poor, the empowered, the needy, the saved, the lost - a part of the creation of God. We pursue relationships with all churches, organizations, and individuals that have a similar vision to work with and to partner with the poor and less fortunate.
PFC'S EXISTING PROGRAMS
1. Since 1997, PFC has provided school supplies for 2,000 children in the 25 high mountain schools in the Copan Valley in northwestern Honduras. While public education is available, Honduras only furnishes the building and teachers. Families must pay for the children's books and supplies. In a country where the average wage is only $3.50 per day, few poor children get to attend school. Many families can only send one of their children at a time, and even that is at a great sacrifice. PFC's program has helped to substantially increase enrollment and to decrease student dropouts. The education the children are getting enables them to seek better jobs and empowers them to improve their lives.
2. PFC also provides nutritional vitamins to nutritionally deficient children in the Copan Valley. Children receive medical evaluations and can receive vitamins distributed by their school teachers. This program has resulted in some incredible improvements in the health of children and their ability to nurture and prosper.
3. PFC's Clinic of Hope in Copan Ruinas is now treating up to 750 patients per month. Through a unique program, PFC makes affordable health care available to over 25,000 poor for as little as $0.79 cents a patient. This established program has been in operation since 2005 and has not only made a significant difference in care available to the poor, but has also proven a working model that can be used elsewhere. PFC provides a clinic, equipment, and donated medicines at no charge to local doctors. PFC then pays the doctors a small hourly supplement for each hour that they work at the clinic. In return, the doctors charge each patient a very low fee, which on average is only 25% of a normal patient fee. This is beneficial arrangement for all since a large number poor can now afford a doctor's visit and come to the Clinic of Hope and the doctors are an ever ready, growing number of patients.
4. Since 1999, PFC has placed in service over 48 ambulances, trained over 340 volunteers in basic life support, and provided medical supplies in Honduras and Guatemala. The PFC ambulance program starts with the donation of high quality used ambulances that we transport to Central American and donate in kind to PFC partners in Guatemala and Honduras. Prior to PFC's first ambulance donation, emergency medical care in this area did not exist as we know it. Many of the poor children and adults who suffered from trauma simply died from lack of professional emergency medical aid. PFC established the first all volunteer rescue squad in the history of Honduras. Currently, PFC donated ambulances in Honduras and Guatemala run about 300 emergency calls per month - all for the poor who most likely would not receive care otherwise.