haitain-staff

Our Valued Haitian Workers

The FOTCOH Clinic could not run without the help of our valued Haitian workers:  interpreters are essential in helping the medical providers communicate with the patients; clinic staff help keep the facilities clean and food on the table for the 20 volunteers working so hard each day; security and maintenance workers keep the area safe, […]

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may-2015-team

May 2015 Team Celebrates Red Nose Day

Per Ken Kersey’s previous blog post, here is the May 2015 Team with red noses, and without! Thank you for all your hard work on this most recent medical mission at the FOTCOH Clinic!  Your time and talent is very much appreciated!

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loriout

Every Day Brings New People and Situations

As I type this, many Americans are settling in to watch the NBC Red Nose Day Comedy Special. Great Britain has been observing Red Nose Day for several years, but this is the first one for the US. The purpose of Red Nose Day is to draw attention to children in poverty around the world, […]

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clinicback

Ever Present Graciousness and Dignity

The Haitian cities appear chaotic to an American. Traffic flies in all directions, pedestrians and stray dogs wander into the streets, only imminent collision will cause another driver to yield. The Haitian mountain roads offer blind curves, steep drop offs, unmarked lanes and motorbikes commanded by fearless young men. The Haitian people are commonly impoverished, […]

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rice

Their Hands Tell A Story

The air surrounding the clinic is filled with sounds in the predawn hours: the rush of the surf, the drone of the generator and the call of a rooster in the near distance. As the clinic day begins, many of the Haitians are elderly. I take each person’s hand to check a pulse. I see […]

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Haitian doctors

Shocked, Amazed and Blessed

When I was 5, my mom took her first trip to Haiti. Around the age of 13, after hearing and seeing how much she loved going, I decided that I wanted to go too and she told me that I could go after I completed my first year of college. Hearing the stories that my […]

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smileflower

A Little Healthier Because of FOTCOH

As I come to Haiti this May, I come with a little different perspective. My daughter is pregnant, expecting my first grandchild in September. One of the women I saw today is also pregnant and due this September. It made me think of the trials of having children in Haiti. As a provider, I see […]

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sunrise

Diversity In Everything

Geographically Haiti is very diverse. Here at Friends of the Children of Haiti Clinic the view from the upper balcony is like paradise. We are surrounded by beautiful tropical foliage, turquoise water and green mountains. If we walk or drive just a little way down the road we see tiny houses or tent like structures housing […]

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shank1

Seeing The Struggle for Survival First-Hand

As this is my second trip to Haiti with fotcoh, I was so excited to return knowing how much I enjoyed my first mission trip! I thought I knew what to expect, but as I have grown in the past two years since my first experience, I see things from a whole new perspective. As […]

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People Waited All Night Outside the Clinic Gates

We’re into our second week of clinic now and things are proceeding smoothly; by now we all know our roles and what needs to be done every day. This is my first time here with FOTCOH and the first week was a lot to take in: a few really heartbreaking cases of seriously underweight babies, […]

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