Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter

March 2019

Food for the Needy Program

Pastor Coty Writes

The lands are dried, for months we have no rain. The rivers are dried, most of the wells are dried, there are no gardens, no hope, the animals are dying,  the village looks like a desert land. 

Only one source has been consistent for the poor people of Cahess. It is the Food for the Needy Program. The reason for this is because of the good hearted people in the USA, who listen to their hearts, and then send help to people in Haiti, especially to the people in our village, Cahess.

We are exceedingly grateful to you. 

Pastor Coty’s mother distributes food.

A Very Parched Land

Pastor Coty Writes:

The photos below demonstrate what I mean when I say the rivers are dried. This river is named RIVIERE TIKOULINE. This is the same river where the people in Cahess used to wash their clothes. In Haiti, the rivers take the name of each locality, city, town or village that they go through. That same river that I am showing that is now dry, is the same one coming from Trou-du-Nord, through Cahess, through Tikouline and finally through Carocol where it empties into the ocean. Caracol is the place where Columbus landed in 1492 with his 3 boats. 

The Demonstrations on going Effects

Pastor Coty Writes

More than a month ago, there were big demonstrations almost everywhere in Haiti. The word used to describe these demonstrations is that the country is “locked”. Yes, it was clearly locked, as it was a big disturbance which has affected life in many ways. All of a sudden, the price on everything went up. After 2 full weeks, life which already had been hard, has become much worse.

Our expectations, after the disturbance was over , was to see life come back to normal, and prices on products to come down. Unfortunately that is not the case. More than one month after the disturbance, prices are still high. Only rice went down a little bit, but everything else has stayed high, or become even higher now.

We are now praying, not only for rain in our village, but also, for life to come back as it was before. It wasn’t good before, but now it’s too hard for our people.

Cost of Living Examples

I asked Pastor Coty to give us some examples of the cost of living in Cahess. Pastor Coty responded with the following paragraph:

Things were not easy to live in our village. However, after the disturbances last month, I can say that we are facing a really difficult period to survive. The price on almost everything is increased. Here are some prices before and after the disturbance of March:

– A gallon of cooking oil increased from $5.40 TO $8.40

– A 25 Lb bag of rice increased from $16.80 TO $21.00 

– Beans went from $60.00 TO $90.00 for a 25 lb bag.

– Sardines went from $3.00 TO $4.80 for just one can.

– There was also a big gasoline issue that caused the price for one motorcycle ride to be tripled. 

– The price of drinks are doubled.

So now I have to say that life is really hard in our village. We have had no rain which means no gardens, the animals are dying and at the same time, we are facing the hardness of life with the increase of the prices of these and many other products. 

One thing we know is that Our God will make a way. Until now, we don’t have anybody who died from starvation. Let’s pray and act so that does not happen. 

Pastor Coty

Editors note:

The above reports show that life in rural Haiti is extremely difficult. The cost of food and fuel was high prior to the demonstrations, but now the cost has dramatically increased.

If any of our readers feel an urging to help, please send your donation to the address at the end of this newsletter and mark your check “food crisis”. You may also use our “online service” shown at the end of this newsletter.  

School Lunch Program

Pastor Coty Writes:

Test time. Looking so quiet during the exams. Our kids get lunch even on the exams days. The students are getting their 3rd test for the year. Some students prefer to take their exam in the school yard.

After the test is done for the day, the students are playing while waiting for the food to be ready. Not one of them would leave without eating. Some choose to play close to the kitchen. The important criteria is to get the food and eat it before going home.

Thank you for providing the School Lunch Program.

Water Purifier Program

Pastor Coty Writes:

The gift of Water system is an answer to prayer.  It helps not only with providing good water to drink, but also helps with the families personal finances. There is no need to save money to buy drinking water. That money can be used for other needs. 

I personally am very grateful to have one and I use it every time that I need water.

We have 106 water purifiers in use. We are making a new list for the next distribution of 50 purifiers. At this point we have 27 names of families who want a purifier. 

Pastor Coty Joseph

CHM will need to raise $800 in order to accomplish the next distribution of 50 Gift of Water Purifiers. $38.00 will pay the cost of a purifier including shipping, and Aqua Tabs for 6 months. If you would like to help to provide water purifiers, please send your check to the address at the end of this newsletter, or for “online donations” use our PayPal service.   Please mark your donation “Water Purifier”.

Good News—Answer to Prayer

After this newsletter was written, Pastor Coty sent the following message. 

Pastor Coty Writes:

We had a good rain in Cahess on the night of March 21 to 22nd.

Thanks to everyone who was and is continuingto pray for rain. We need more rain because there is a long time period since we had rain in our village.

Pastor Coty

Hebrews 6 : 10

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

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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