MISSION: "B.R.A.V.E. Foundation, improving fire and life saving services in developing countries."
PURPOSE: The B.R.A.V.E. Foundation is a volunteer driven organization seeking to improve the efforts of firefighters and medical personnel in developing countries to become self-sufficient by providing access to progressive training programs, efficient facilities, and functional equipment.
Since 1996, members of the B.R.A.V.E. Foundation have organized dozens of volunteer training teams that have travelled to Guatemala. These efforts have significantly increased the ability of the bomberos to provide pre-hospital emergency medical care to the sick and injured in this poor country. Medical supplies and fire fighting equipment, as well as training materials are provided along with specialized training. Members of the B.R.A.V.E. Foundation assisted with the establishment of an Emergency Medical Technician Program and transportation system throughout the country which is training firefighters in pre-hospital medical care, required to reduce pain and suffering, and providing transportation to local hospitals.
THE POWER OF ONE
February 18, 2013 1:17 am
The BRAVE Foundation began with one person on one vacation in one country who planted one seed that grew in to one organization that ultimately has changed thousands of lives and dramatically reduced pain and suffering for an under-served population.
Over the last 15 years, the BRAVE Foundation has been blessed with many individuals who have cast one pebble into the water causing a ripple effect of positive change. In 2012, we had dozens of volunteers, working individually and together, who donated nearly 4,000 hours to support our work; a perfect example of the Power of One banding together for significant global impact. To say we couldn’t do it without our talented volunteers is an understatement! Would you like to join our band? Here are some ways you can help:
- Learn more about us at www.bravefoundation.org
- Hook us up with your church, Rotary group, or other civic organization to share our work with your group
- Join our Facebook page and invite your friends to also “like” us https://www.facebook.com/BRAVE-Foundation
- Support our projects financially. DONATE HERE
- Collect new and surplus equipment, supplies and apparatus from your local department and/or clinics and hospitals
- Purchase BRAVE Foundation merchandise through our website PURCHASE HERE
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” – Helen Keller
Would you like to speak with a member of the Board of Directors for more information or to share an idea? Please call 360-704-8450 or contact us through our website at www.bravefoundation.org.
4000 Hours = GREAT Things!
January 6, 2013 7:10 pm
Our dedicated volunteers donated nearly 4,000 hours to supporting BRAVE Foundation activities in 2012 – things like presentations, collecting surplus equipment/supplies, planning sessions, events, conferences, and training in Guatemala. If we multiply that using an estimated hourly value of $20 for volunteer service, that’s $80,000! If we multiply instructor hours using the going wage for our medical and firefighter teams, that number goes up significantly. To say we couldn’t do it without our talented volunteers is an understatement!! Interested in giving back in 2013? Join our team at www.bravefoundation.org.
Some Fun on Lake Atitlan!
November 15, 2012 7:59 pm
Twenty-seven orphans received quite a treat last weekend when our water ambulance, based in San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala, spent the day pulling them around Lake Atitlan for a fun day of water skiing. How cool is that? It was truly a day of endless smiles and a day they will never forget. To see more about how the BRAVE Foundation is benefiting the Guatemalan community, visit our website at www.bravefoundation.org.
7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Guatemala
November 8, 2012 3:57 am
Our thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of Guatemala today. Yet another disaster struck this morning as a 7.4 earthquake shook the region from Mexico City to El Salvador; the strongest quake to hit Guatemala since 1976 when a 7.5-magnitude quake killed 23,000 people. Thankfully, the devastation isn’t quite as severe as in 1976, but the death toll so far is 48 and counting. Major news agencies report that some are still missing, about 125,000 remain without power and strong aftershocks continue. With building rubble, mudslides and washed out roads, the first responders have their hands full trying to reach those in need of medical attention and rescue. As always, funds are extremely limited, yet they have a heart to do whatever it takes to help their community rebound from what seems to be a continual cycle of disaster. The BRAVE Foundation is committed to assisting the bomberos and will be providing funding for these efforts. We also have team members on the ground in Guatemala assisting wherever they can. If you are able to make a donation, big or small, to help our fellow firefighters, Click Here to make a gift in support of the impoverished Guatemalan community.