Our legacy programs have unique importance for PCI, and are chosen because they represent some of our fundamental areas of focus: maternal/child health and nutrition, and economic empowerment. These valuable programs have strong track records of saving lives in the most vulnerable communities worldwide, and providing measureable solutions for preventable complications.
PCI is committed to allocating resources to these programs during our lifespan, as our signature strategies to serve communities in need. “Legacy” for PCI means continuity, compassion, consistency, and commitment. Partner with us on our Legacy programs, and start making your own impact today.
Healthy Children, Healthy Families (Download program fact sheet)
For over 25 years, PCI/Mexico’s Healthy Children, Healthy Families program has promoted the healthy development of families and children living Tijuana’s most vulnerable communities. Healthy Children, Healthy Families provides essential health services, including life-saving immunizations and growth monitoring for children; health education, including nutrition counseling and information on chronic diseases such as diabetes; and referrals to primary and specialty health care professionals. Critical to the success of the program are local community outreach workers – many of whom have volunteered for PCI since the program’s inception – who are trained by PCI staff in health promotion and disease prevention. As the only resources for many of these communities, these community outreach workers often find themselves addressing a variety of urgent care cases, such as provision of oral rehydration therapy to children suffering from life-threatening diarrheal disease. PCI’s Healthy Children, Healthy Families program has reached nearly 70,000 children and has contributed to the decline of child malnutrition in Tijuana, the leading cause of child mortality. Watch the following video to understand the critical importance of PCI’s Healthy Children, Healthy Families program, which was produced as part of a collaboration with Design Matters at Art Center College of Design:
Ventanilla de Salud (VDS)
The Ventanilla de Salud (VDS) program is a unique collaboration between the Mexican Consulate of San Diego and PCI that provides health education and referrals to the nearly 80,000 visitors who pass through the consulate’s doors each year. Since its start in 2003, the program has directly served over 30,000 people. A combination of unique, culturally adapted strategies in use at VDS have allowed its health workers to break through the misunderstanding, fear and cultural barriers that often keep this community from seeking preventive health care. Education includes broad-ranging health issues including substance abuse, mental health and domestic violence. Through one-on-one interaction with clients, VDS conducts tailored health assessments and screenings, referrals to health and social service providers, and post-visit follow up. The VDS program at San Diego’s Mexican Consulate has been recognized as a model program and is currently being replicated by the Mexican government in consulates in all 50 states.
Since 1974, PCI has worked in the highlands of rural Guatemala to improve the health of Mayan communities. Its Casa Materna facility provides women with clinical attention, evaluation, medicine and other vital reproductive services to ensure healthy pregnancies and access to health services to women. Casa Materna’s care however, transcends the clinical environment and contributes to the physical, emotional and psycho-social well-being of women. In addition to the facility-based care provided, the Casa Materna program reaches thousands of women and their families through outreach and training of community volunteers, family planning and counseling services within a culturally sensitive framework. Between 2000 and 2010 over 63,000 women have been evaluated as outpatients, and nearly 6,000 of these patients were high-risk pregnant women who were received as in-patients because of life threatening complications due to their pregnancy. Built on principles of respect, caring and culturally-appropriate quality of care, the Casa provides direct, life-saving healthcare services, and equally important, it provides a protected, nurturing environment that also benefits the female clients in tangible ways. See a great news feature highlighting Casa Materna’s successes as part of a study by Pop Council:
Vulnerable Children and Youth Program (Download program fact sheet)
India has the largest population of children living on the streets in the world, with estimates as high as 10 million. Many of these children run away from home to escape extreme poverty and abuse, while others are abandoned, orphaned or neglected. PCI began its Vulnerable Children and Youth Program in India in 2000 with a mission to protect, help and promote the development of street children facing challenging situations. Now expanded to serve vulnerable children not only on the streets but also from socially disadvantaged and marginalized communities, PCI works closely to give these children the education and support they need to support themselves and reintegrate into mainstream society, and to create a network of support among other voluntary organizations, donor agencies and government offices. PCI provides critical services for the children, including shelter, nutrition, education, medical care, health care, vocational training, counseling, recreation and family reunification at its centers in Delhi and Haryana. Please watch the following video, which was created through a partnership with Alternative Gifts International, and highlights this impactful program:
Support PCI’s Vulnerable Children and Youth Program.
In recognition of National Women’s Health Week, we’re featuring Perla Ledesma (above photo, far right)—a program participant turned staff member who is helping create a culture of prevention in her community. When Perla Ledesma lost [...]