After a long illness, we are saddened to share the news that Dick Dugger, Founder of ECHO, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.
We are so grateful for Dick’s life of service which extends to all of the 5.8 million people that ECHO has served around the world. Truly, ECHO would not exist without Dick Dugger.
ECHO was founded through the extraordinary efforts and vision of this Indiana businessman named Richard (Dick) Dugger. In the early 1970's Dick led a group of high school students on a visit to Haiti and was deeply moved by the plight of people in this developing country. After that trip, he worked, prayed, dreamed, and mobilized others to personally commit their time and resources to help respond to the needs that they had encountered. As other Christian laymen and clergy from Indiana and Florida caught the vision, ECHO (Educational Concerns for Haiti Organization) was born. Through a series of timely events, Dick and the newly formed ECHO Board were led to meet Dr. Martin and Bonnie Price, resulting in Dr. Price leading ECHO for over 20 years.
Over the 35-plus years of ECHO’s existence, Dick remained engaged as both an active promoter and supporter of ECHO. Dick continued to champion the cause of ECHO from his home in Indiana. Dick also worked closely with Africa University in Zimbabwe in researching the sustainability of Moringa and grain Amaranth, as well as promoting their nutritional benefits for many HIV/AIDS sufferers and malnourished children.
His family contacted ECHO and shared that in recent years, “even though his health was frail, he never lost his desire to help the ‘hungry children’ of the world. ECHO was his dream and he was so proud of what it has become with God's blessings and through the dedicated work of so many wonderfully like-minded people.”
"Dick was a man of great vision and has been the conduit of blessing to many around the world. His legacy has been felt by millions and will continue to grow through ECHO's mission," shared President/CEO David Erickson