Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter

December 2018


Life in Rural Haiti


The Konbit


Pastor Coty Writes:

Konbit is a Haitian term, mostly used in the countryside. Konbit is a mutual help system where people volunteer their labor to help each other. By Konbit, we see a group of people working together, usually in the garden of one of the participants, volunteering for free.


When I was a child, I grew up seeing Konbit occurring in many places in the village. The people in the village did not need much to make a large garden. They needed enough food to feed all people that showed up to the Konbit, and the seed that would be used for planting the garden.

They worked from morning into the afternoon. The owner of the garden was obligated to feed the workers two times. Once in the morning, with a meal called KOLASYON and once when they are finished for the day, with a meal called GRAN MANJE. This meal always contained rice and beans, and sometimes, legumes.

During the Konbit, the workers sing all day long as they work. The songs they sing are only sung during a KONBIT. These songs are known only by country people like me.

In the KONBIT, the men would dig the holes using hoes, as shown in the photos. The ladies put the beans seeds in the holes and then covered the seeds with earth after which they compressed the earth with their foot.


In recent years, things have become very different. You almost never see, KONBIT anymore. Rather, you have to pay for everything, even in the villages.


This Morning, I saw the people in the photos, planting black beans. I was reminded about the many KONBITs of past years.




Upcoming Christmas/New Year Celebration


Pastor Coty Writes:

No one can describe the joy in the kids of Cahess as their celebration is coming in a few days. I was able to join the class this past Saturday. You should see how happy they were. They were yelling to me many things that they would like to do at the party. They even told me what they would like for a gift. The reason for this is because every year, we do not just celebrate with them, but we always provide gifts for them as well.


Pastor Coty Continues:

In preparation for the Christmas/New Year celebration, the children have formed 3 special groups. Two are dancing groups, with special dances, and one singing group. They also have other songs that the 3 groups together, will sing. This day is known by everyone in and around Cahess.  For sure there is great anticipation, even among the adults as they wait to celebrate with the kids.

 Thank you  everyone, for providing this coming celebration for our kids in Cahess on January 1, 2019.


Pastor Coty

Pastor Coty with some of the children


Happy Children


Practicing Singing


More Rehearsal in Song


Dance Practise


Singing and Dancing Practise


More Dance Practice


Interim Report on funding this Christmas/New Year Celebration

As of the time that this newsletter was submitted for publication, CHM had received $530 toward the $1000 needed for this event.

If you would like to help, please send your donation to the address at the end of this newsletter, and mark your donation Christmas Celebration  




The School Lunch Program

Could anybody write a more powerful description of the effectiveness of a program, that YOU the Family and Friends of Coastal Haiti Mission (CHM), have been providing, to the children in the school operated by Pastor Coty.

Pastor Coty sent the following message:

The School Lunch Program is the strength of our school in Cahess.

On behalf of the students, the parents, the teachers, and all of us at CHM, we say :












Merry Christmas










Clockwise from the top left: Constance Goddard, Secretary/Treasurer; Esther Stidham, Board Member; Pastor Coty Joseph, Board Member; Ken Johansson, Administrator; Carl Lamour, Advisor.



 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


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