Shelley Briggs Callahan’s The House of Life tells the remarkable story of how Dick and Barb Hammond, founders of the non-profit organization Friends of the Children of Haiti, changed the lives of thousands of people Haiti.
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Dick and Barb Hammond and the History of FOTCOH
Richard and Barbara Hammond starting traveling to Haiti in the 70’s on a medical mission to providing life-saving support to the Haitian people. In 2000, the FOTCOH clinic was completed in Cyvadier, Haiti. Volunteer medical teams travel to the clinic to treat patients, and in between, mini-clinics are run by a Haitian doctor so patients can continue to receive the care and medication they need. The clinic sees upwards of 15,000 Haitian patients each year.
Dick and Barb chose to work in a country where it sometimes seems as though change will never come, and that has been so daunting that, at times, they have wanted to leave for good. They have witnessed many tragic circumstances that caused heartbreak day in and day out, yet they still returned, assuring the Haitian people that they were reliable, because there is little to rely on in Haiti. Dick and Barb have never given up hope in their work, because everything they have done has been about giving hope to the Haitian people.