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PFP INSPIRED BY TONY L. CHOON
From a young age, Tony Choon understood human suffering because in-part as a Mongolian refugee in China, he struggled, with very limited food, non-existent mental health resources and no access to medicines.
Tony was born in 1937 in rural Mongolia. At the age of 5, his parents divorced. Tony’s Mother escaped her husband’s extreme physical and emotional abuse. Tony’s Father was a powerful military persona serving under Bogd Khan, ruler of Mongolia from 1911 to 1924.
In 1943, Tony, his Mom and his sister fled by foot to Taiwan, and applied for political asylum which was granted. The family of three became displaced refugees. In1950, Tony’s Mother began studying Law as a single Mother and went on to become Taiwan’s first female congress-lady.
At the age of 17, Tony underwent rigorous Elite Pilot training in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) during “The PLAAF’s First Decade Era (1949-1960)”. Tony was patriotically committed to the PLAFF’s strategy, theory, and “doctrine”. His honorable retirement from the PLAAF as Lieutenant colonel 中校 (Zhōng xiào) imbued Tony with a deep sense of unfinished service to humanity.
In 1966, Tony immigrated to New York City with his Mother. Years later, Tony’s Mother died of Lung Cancer due to inaccessibility to treatment and medicines.
Tony struggled with alcohol addiction and never experienced sobriety throughout his adult life. He also lived with mental health issues, but unflinchingly continued to care for others.
In 1970, Tony joined the International Lions Club District 20-R2 Chapter. He went on to become President of the Lions Club and Tony continuing his passion to address health inequalities and inequities. Tony began to offer free Eye Care and Medical Care in support of marginalized Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) communities and underserved elderly Tri-State residents.
Tony founded the Lions Club Glaucoma Day at Confucius Plaza, partnering with The Lions Club, New York City, Downtown Beekman Hospital, PS.2 and NYC hospitals and served over 25,000 patients each year at the annual 3 day weekend Glaucoma Day. Tony inspired his 2 daughters Mimi and Lulu to join the fight against blindness and fight the injustices of unmet medical needs and humanitarian compassion. In 1990, at the age of 53, Tony died from a hemorrhagic stroke. His wake and funeral services was attended by many politicians, community leaders and over +1000 people who joined the Choon Family to celebrate Tony’s life.
VISION: Reduce Human Suffering
MISSION: Solving Humanity’s Greatest Health and Education Challenges Through Policy-Shaping
- All human beings are born with the right to access health and education. Everyone should have access to humanitarian assistance and protection in their time of need. But for almost 2 Billion people around the world, access to quality care is not a reality. 
- Disadvantage and marginalization serve to exclude certain populations in societies from enjoying good health.
- In 2018 an estimated 6.2 million children and adolescents under the age of 15 years died, mostly from preventable causes. 
- By April 2020, close to 1.6 billion children and youth were out of school. And nearly 369 million children who rely on school meals needed to look to other sources for daily nutrition. 
- More than a quarter of a billion people are potentially at the brink of starvation. The number of people affected by hunger would surpass 840 million by 2030. 
- More than 700 million people, or 10 per cent of the world population, still live in extreme poverty today, struggling to fulfil the most basic needs like health, access to water, sanitation and education. 
- Education enables upward socioeconomic mobility and is a key to escaping poverty, yet more than half of all children and adolescents worldwide are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. 
WHO WE SERVE
- PFP’s effort is to reach those left farthest behind: children, patients, indigenous people, refugees, internally displaced people, women, girls, BIPOC & LGBTQ communities, ALL people whose lives have been overturned by a lack of concern for their existence.
WHAT WE DO
- With your partnership, PFP delivers care to the planet’s most marginalized people, places; collaborating with universities, hospitals, students, civil society, local communities and governments to bring about long-term global change to improve people’s lives through policy-shaping.
- There is ample evidence that social factors, including education, employment status, income level, gender and ethnicity have a marked influence on how healthy a person is. 
HELP US FIGHT THIS INJUSTICE!
- Launched Glaucoma Screening Program with NYC & Lions Club (Served ~10K patients)
- Launched Mini Medical School Perceptorship - University British Columbia & Vancouver General Hospital
- Partnered with ByGrace Orphanage to build Orphanage, Water Systems, Medical Clinics, Peanut Butter Food Security Project
- Launched Swiss-Syrian Food-Clothing Program (Served ~5k Refugees)
- Partnered with FFP to build Medical Clinics in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Kenya (Served ~5K Patients)
- Supported Imprint Uganda's Outreach Program
- Inaugurated Mini Medical Schools Partnering with Roche & HNMCS
- Officially Registered and Relocated NGO Headquarters to Switzerland
- Launched Summer Mini Medical Medical Clinics in Haiti & Dominican Republic with HNMCS & FFP
- ~200 Volunteers Globally