Mission
Educated youth and communities thriving in a healthful environment.
Vision
To develop happy, healthy, productive children through nutrition and education.

WHAT IS PAN AMERICAN HEALTH SERVICE?

TEXAS CHARTER # 163163 IRS FEDERAL # 75-6036298

Pan American Health Service, Inc. is a non-denominational Christian, non-government organization, which currently operates in the Mountains of North Western Honduras near Lake Yojoa in Peña Blanca, Honduras, Central America.

"Nutrition and Educational Outreach for the Hungry, Sick and Homeless."




What we do?

WHAT WE DO

PAHS focuses primarily on childhood malnutrition and basic education for people with few resources.

The work of PAHS starts with providing nutrition and medical assistance to starving children. Some do not return to their family home after recovery and are afforded the opportunity to live and grow up on the Peña Blanca Campus in the PAHS Homes.

The PAHS educational program serves the underprivileged who wish to receive a basic, vocational or higher education.

Rehabilitation

In 1965, a nutritional rehabilitation center was opened for children suffering second and third degree malnutrition. Today, nearly fifty years later our little patients range in age from 18 months or more and typically stay from three to six months before returning home to grateful parents. Why Malnutrition Occurs

Children's Home

Over the years, there have been children who could not return to their family of origin. Unwilling to subject these children to further uncertainty or rejection, we keep them in our Children's Home. There have been parents who returned to check on the children they brought to the Nutrition Rehab up to 15 and 20 years later!

We strive to train and educate the children in our care to make a difference in the poverty - ignorance cycle. Bonds of affection bind them closer to their Children's Home siblings and PAHS family than to their biological families of origin.

Education

Our education program is multifaceted. We operate in partnership with a local private elementary school to provide a solid education for the children of our Home. The dedicated teaching facilitators in our Educatodos program at the Dr. Stephen Youngberg Technical Vocational Center give literacy classes at night for adults in our community. In addition we sponsor vocational training for the community at this school which teaches sewing, auto mechanics, and woodworking classes.

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WHO WAS DR. STEPHEN YOUNGBERG?

What we do?

Stephen A. Youngberg, born in South Dakota, was the son of Norwegian immigrant parents who took him to the mission field in India when he was one year old. Stephen grew up in India observing as his parents served the poorest of the poor, thus was born his love for the less privileged.

What is PAHS?

After marrying Verlene DeWitt in 1942, he attended Loma Linda University Medical School graduating in 1946. He was commissioned as a Captain in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge in 1954. During the 1950's Dr. Youngberg worked in Southern Mexico helping to establish a medical mission there, he later owned successful medical practices in South Texas.

After co-founding Pan American Health Service, Inc. with Mr. Walter Tynes in 1959, Mr. Tynes, and had his lawyers set it up as a Texas Corporation(#163163), and secure Federal ID #75-6036298, and had it recognized by the IRS as a public, tax-exempt entity with 501 ( c ) (3) status, able to extend tax-deductible receipts to donors.

Dr. Youngberg moved his family to the Central American country of Honduras in 1960 following the sale of his medical practices in Texas. Dr. Youngberg loved and was dearly loved by the poor of the region which he served for forty-one years. Dr. Youngberg died in 2001 and he is buried in the PAHS campus cemetery in Peña Blanca.


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Where are we working?

What we do?

Honduras is a Central American country, governed by democracy. It obtained its independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. Its area covers 112,090 square kilometers and it has a population of 6,941,000, of which 4.2 million inhabitants are under the age of 25. Of the able-bodied labor force, 42% are unemployed or underemployed.

Honduras is known for its natural beauty. Treasures such as the Bay Islands, long stretches of beach, and the national parks that protect virgin jungles make this country a delight to explore and a wonder to experience. The Mayan Ruins in Copan are the country's pride and are the main tourist attraction.

Peña Blanca is a small town, two miles off of the northern shores of Lake Yojoa – the only inland lake in the country. Lake Yojoa is nestled in a basin at the foot of Mount Santa Barbara on its western shores and Cerro Azul Meambar on its eastern shores, and it is known for its wide variety of flora and fauna. This mountainous region is home also to many of the neediest people in the country.


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