Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter
Treatment for Steven Saintil
We published in the July CHM Newsletter that the Blood Factor for Steven had arrived at Pastor Coty’s home and was then brought to Dr Ally. Dr Ally administered the first Hemophilia treatment to Steven on August 5th. Dr Ally provided a second treatment to Steven on August 21. Pastor Coty wrote that the second treatment was needed because Steven had another injury to his leg. The swelling due to the new injury went down the next day after treatment, however the knee that brought this condition to our attention, still remains enlarged.
Because the quantity of Factor that is available is limited, treatment is reserved for emergencies. When a Hemophilia Treatment Center is established in Haiti, the goal will be to give Steven, Factor treatments at regular time intervals, to maintain a minimum of Factor in his blood at all times.
At this time, the preparatory work is being done to establish a Hemophilia Treatment Center in Haiti. A Treatment Center will be a life changing benefit for people who have this lifelong illness.
Dr Ally Joseph administering the first Factor treatment to Steven
Steven on the right with his brother Louvens
Louvens, who presents symptoms similar to those that Steven has.
Steven returning home after second Factor treatment
Water Purifier Project
We reported on a very successful program launch in the July 2018 CHM Newsletter. We had planned that our Water Technician Jeff, would follow up each installation in the month of August. However, we do not know what the surprises are, that await us in the future. Such was the case with Jeff. Several days after the program launch, Jeff became very sick with abdominal pain. Pastor Coty took Jeff to a hospital about 20 miles from Cahess. The diagnosis was acute appendicitis, which required immediate surgery. The surgery was successful, and Jeff has been recovering during the month of August. Jeff will soon be able to continue his studies at the university, as well as assume his role as the CHM Water Purifier Technician.
We are grateful to Dr Ally Joseph, who initially treated Jeff, and to Pastor Coty who provided the transportation to the hospital, and the ongoing pastoral care for Jeff.
Pastor Coty writes:
I can’t find enough words, to say thank you to the people who stood with us during the terrible situation of brother Jeff‘s illness.
By the grace of God, he is now doing great. I took him to his doctor for his follow up appointment on September the 3rd. The doctor said that, he is ok now, and he did not need to give Jeff any more medication.
Jeff’s situation is a big witness of God’s power and love, and the compassion of friends and family. Thanks to brother Ken’s family and prayer team and brother Carl’s family and prayer team. Also to many people in the US that I don’t know, but God knows them all.
I also want to thank my wife Nana, who assisted me in helping Jeff. I also want to thank brother Yamoutch and brother Hubert who helped us minister to Jeff. I want to thank the Church of Cahess and many other people.
May God bless you all.
Jeff, 2nd from left, leaving hospital after being discharged
Pastor Coty sends another message:
I visited this person’s house, where I found the son taking water from the water purification system, that CHM provided for them. This system is more than a solution for the water born diseases. It is a good way to store and dispense clean water in a home. Our list for additional water purifiers is increasing day by day, because no one wants to miss the next water purifier distribution.
Water Purifier located in a home
Food for the Poor Program
Each month, CHM sends $300 designated for the Food for the Poor Program, to Pastor Coty. Pastor Coty then purchases rice, beans, oil, and some spices, in bulk. This food is then distributed to people in this program. Many of the people served by this program are elderly and have no source of income. There is no Social Security or other form of governmental assistance. In other family situations, there is just not enough food to go around.
The food for this program is provided from the CHM general fund (undesignated donations). We at CHM are very thankful to you for these donations, that enable us to provide for these people, each month.
Patiently waiting for his turn
Pastor Coty’s mother, shown near the door, distributing the food.
School Lunch Program
The school lunch program was very successful for the school year ending in June 2018. During this year, you the Family and Friends of CHM, provided approximately 36,000 meals for the children and their teachers. This was a huge accomplishment. Thank you for investing in these children. We know that children do not learn well when they are hungry. For some of these children, the motivating force to get to school is that they will get a meal to curb their hunger pangs.
CHM has sent funds to cover the School Lunch Program for the month of September. We will need additional school lunch donations to cover the month of October.
Pastor Coty writes:
By the grace of God through the goodness of his people we had a good school year this past year.
According to the government, school will start for this year on September the 3rd. But our school in Cahess, won’t open until September the 10th. This is because I am in the village, and I know how hard it is for the parents to get ready to send their kids to school. That is why I take another week, before I can open the doors of our school. Even when the parents don’t have a lot of money to send their children to our school, they still need to get books, notebooks, uniforms and shoes for their children.
Last year we had approximately 200 kids in our school. Four of them graduated and had to leave because our school goes only to the 6th grade. We also registered 22 new students, so we are expecting more than 200 kids in our school this year.
We are trying really hard to accommodate them in our existing space. It is hard to tell them we cannot take them. If we do not accept them, they won’t go to any other school, because we are the only school in this area, that they can afford to attend.
A typical lunch
Helping to serve lunch
Life in the Village of Cahess
Pastor Coty writes:
In spite of the lack of rain in the summer season, we are still able to harvest fruit from some of the trees. The Mango season comes first. At the conclusion to the Mango harvest, the Kenepa fruit is ready to be picked.
I don’t remember how old I was when I was I was introduced to Kenepa. However, my friends and I would spend all day sucking on Kenepa ( like life savers), without getting tired of them. Another name for Kenepa is Spanish Lime. Here in Haiti, children really love Spanish Lime. Also, the women here are very fond of Kenepa. When it’s the Kenepa season, the people harvest the fruit, and then take some of it to the market place to sell. When you are harvesting Kenepa, you don’t need to advertise for help, because many people will offer to help you, so they can have some of the harvest for themselves.
Kenepa also known as Spanish Lime
Harvesting Kenepa , also known as Spanish Lime
“Blessed is he who considers the poor; The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.”
Please remember, that CHM must continue to send our monthly commitment of $600 to carry on the ongoing CHM ministry in Cahess.
If you desire to help, please send your tax deductable check to our address and tell us how you want us to use your donation:
Coastal Haiti Mission
C/O Constance Goddard
3048 Spring Fancy Lane
Indian Trail, NC 28079
For tax deductable “online donations”, please use our PayPal service. Also please designate how you want us to use your donation:
May the Lord our God, who knows your heart and sees your actions, grant you great joy as you serve Him.
Connie, Esther, Pastor Coty and Ken are very grateful for your sacrifice.
Ken Johansson CHM Newsletter Editor