Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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Helping Haiti: Friends of the Children of Haiti (FOTCOH)

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It’s always a concern when donating to relief efforts whether or not the money will actually make it to the people who need it.

With the devastation in Haiti, I wasn’t sure to whom I should send money when one of the parents at my daughter’s grammar school sent this email:

This from Mrs. Laskey at Immaculate Conception:

"My uncle, Richard Hammond, runs a clinicin Haiti. He, my aunt Barb, and his team were there on
Tuesday when the earthquake hit, and luckily only his building was damaged. My uncle started out as a
deacon for St. Andrews Catholic Church in Bartonville, IL. He became aware of the poverty and lack of
medical assistance in Haiti, so he started going over there every year with medical supplies. He started
up an organization called, "Friends of the Children of Haiti" or FOTCOH. This organization is nonprofit
and the proceeds help with the medical supplies, food, water, and the running of the clinic. He and his
team go to Haiti several times a year with supplies and stay there running the clinic helping people who
walk for miles and miles to get the medical care. That is what they were doing when the earthquake hit
on Tuesday.

The devastation is beyond belief. There are far more injured than any hospital or clinic can handle. The
clinic is quickly running out of supplies and need donations to keep up with the demands for food,
water, and medical help.

To find out more about this organization, go to www.fotcoh.org . It will give instructions for donations.
This organization was also written up in today’s Peoria Journal Star for it’s outstanding
accomplishments. If you want to see the article in the Peoria Journal Star, go to www.pjstar.com for
January 14, find the subtitle "Luciano: Medical Team Can’t Wait to Help Haita" then click on "Will you
give Aid in the Haiti Earthquake Relief".

Thank you for getting the word out for this organization. It really does help the people it’s
intended to help.

Marilee Laskey

 

 

Author: Valya

Valya Dudycz Lupescu is the author of THE SILENCE OF TREES and STICKS & BONES, as well as the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Born and raised in Chicago, Valya received her degree in English at DePaul University and her MFA in Writing as part of the inaugural class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since receiving her MFA, Valya has worked as a college professor, obituary writer, content manager, internal communications specialist, co-producer of an independent feature film, and Goth cocktail waitress.

2 Comments

  1. Thanks…

    …for posting this. I have to wait until Wednesday, payday. I keep hearing that in the coming days, weeks, months still more money will be needed. I’m glad to have a confirmed, safe place to be able to help.

  2. Thank You

    We’ve been directing people to Doctors Without Borders but, I will pass this on.

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