Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter
Teacher’s Day in Haiti
Pastor Coty Writes:
May 17th is the teacher’s day in Haiti. In our school in Cahess we were having a party for the teachers in our school and also all the teachers in Cahess. With all the school children and the population of Cahess, we celebrated with our teachers. It was a nice party.
Pastor Coty Continues:
This was also the day that the people in Cahess showed how they appreciate the School, and all the CHM ministry in our village. In an open place, the school children, the teachers and the parents were spending a good time together. Our kids did it all. They sang, danced and had fun. That was a great day for our village.
Pastor Coty Continues:
Good fellowship, we had food for everyone. Rice and Beans and chicken’ s leg is not an everyday meal for people in our village.
To purchase the chicken, we asked each student to contribute $1.50. Some students contributed and others did not. We were able to purchase enough chicken to serve the teachers and some of the students. After the teachers were served, we divided the remaining chicken and shared it with some of the students. We added one half bag of rice to the amount that is normally cooked for the school each day. This allowed every one present to have a meal of Rice and Beans.
A Typical School Day
Pastor Coty Writes:
When the students don’t know if you are taking their picture, they act crazy, even in class. After a nice school day, they went back home, walking together. We pray that they remain friends as we teach them love in school, and teach them the Love of God and to love their neighbor also.
School Lunch Program
The school lunch program continues to be a great success. We get reports that there is not an abundance of food in these students homes. However these children look healthy. Thank you for making a significant difference in their lives.
Because of your investment in the School Lunch Program, CHM was able to
provide lunch for all of the school days in the month of May.
There are 13 school days in the month of June. We were able to fully fund the School Lunch Program for June.
I repeat, we are very grateful to you, the Family and Friends of Coastal Haiti Mission for your investment in the school children of Cahess Haiti.
CHM is still in need of donations to continue the School Lunch Program.
If you wish to help, please send your check to the address at the end of this newsletter or use our PayPal Service also at the end of this newsletter. Please mark your donation “School Lunch”. One dollar provides two school lunches.
We will provide a report in the June CHM Newsletter of the total number of school lunches that you provided between September 2018 and June 2019.
Food for the Needy Program
Pastor Coty Writes:
I want to introduce to our supporters the oldest lady in our food program. We know her as Erilia Joseph, but her real name is Philomene Joseph. She came with her birth certificate so I would tell her how old she is. I was so happy to see that she will be 90 in December. She is still, walking around, selling things by the road, and sings in the church choir.
Here is Philomene Joseph, also known as Erilia, selling things by the road of Cahess. She lives with her Brother Cadeus Archiles who is also in the food program. Her husband abandoned her many years ago for another woman.
Philomene had 2 daughters. Both daughters passed away and left many children. Some of the grandchildren are taking care of themselves. However, some of the grandchildren still come to see what they can get from their Grandmother. Now Philomene is a great grandmother of many kids. Philomene had some land which she sold. With that money she tried really hard to finish her little house that you can see in the picture. It is not finished. She still needs to provide the doors, install the concrete floor and stucco the walls.
Philomene would like to finish the house, so she could spend some days in it, before she goes home to be with the Lord.
Now she is living in a very old house on the same plot of land.
I want to introduce another person from the people in the food program. His name is Cadeus Archiles. He is Philomene’s half brother. He is the one that lives in the same house with Philomene, as he does not own a house. The other day as I was talking to him, he reminded me that his house was destroyed in a fire. This happened before his wife died. Since then, he has lived with his half sister Philomene, because he could not build another house. He does not have any children.
Years ago, his job was to garden for people, to earn money to survive. Now however, his leg has become so weak, that he cannot walk without a walker.
His is now totally dependent on the food program and some good Samaritans.
The Water Purifier Project
We continue to raise money for the next distribution of 50 purifiers. At the time this newsletter was published, we have $1791 of the needed $2000 needed to go forward. We continue to accept donations toward this project. The installed cost of each purifier is $38. If you would like to provide one or more homes with a water purifier, please send your check to the address at the end of this newsletter, or you may use our PayPal service also at the end of this newsletter. Please mark your donation “Water Purifiers.”
Pastor Coty notified me of a family situation that I consider an emergency. A family had a home in another location in Haiti. They sold this home and moved to Cahess thinking they could improve their living situation. They purchased a plot of land and began constructing a house. After the walls of the house were up, the family ran out of money, due to price increases and lack of building experience.
The family, consisting of 4 children and the mother and father, are living in the shell of a house with no roof, no doors, no windows, and no finished concrete floor.
It is possible, though far from ideal, to live in a house without most of the above listed items. However the roof is an urgent necessity, in order to keep the family and their possessions dry when the rain comes. I can picture the little children soaking wet for long periods of time, with no place to go to dry off, and no way of getting out of the rain.
In order to respond to this emergency quickly, Pastor Coty has agreed to organize and supervise a volunteer group to put up the roof. The lumber for the roof is already at the house. Eleven sheets of metal roofing has been provided by a CHM donor. Another CHM donor has provided the $200 needed for the remaining 59 sheets of metal roofing.
A cooperative project to help this family by providing a roof over their house.
Hebrews 13: 16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.
Thank you family and friends of Coastal Haiti Mission, for all that you do to help the people in Cahess, Haiti. You are making a huge difference for these people.
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